1993 Field Hockey

December 01, 1993|By Katherine Dunn

THE FIRST TEAM AT A GLANCE

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

* Peggy Boutilier, Roland Park, senior, midfield -- A first-team All-Metro pick last year, Boutilier is the area's best all-around player. She scored 11 goals and had three assists for the Reds as they won a fifth straight Association of Independent Schools A Division tournament title. Especially lethal on penalty corners, Boutilier nailed three goals off corners in a single game. The complete package of skills, game sense and athletic ability, Boutilier showed no weaknesses. "She's absolutely the best hockey player I've every been fortunate enough to coach," said Reds coach Debbie Bloodsworth. "Everybody on the team looked to her at all times and she always came through on the field." Despite playing the attack half of the Reds' two-girl midfield, Boutilier also excelled defensively. Often the key to the Reds' transition, she could control the ball and move it past anyone. The Player of the Year in Baltimore City/County and also an All-Metro lacrosse star, the highly recruited Boutilier has decided to play for the University of Virginia next fall.

COACHES OF THE YEAR

* Sue Hooper and Brenda Baker, Westminster -- The deans of field hockey coaches in Carroll County turned in what just might be their greatest coaching performance. Few coaches can lose an entire starting lineup at the tough 4A level and come back with a 12-3 season and a berth in the state semifinals. Making their job even more incredible was the fact that their top players were not considered to match past Westminster greats. But Hooper (22 seasons at Westminster with a 239-55-12 record and four state titles) and Baker (11 seasons at Westminster with a 122-26-5 record and three state championships) soon turned those players into an aggressive team that was unbeaten through the first seven games. In the state semifinals, Richard Montgomery needed a 2-1 overtime victory to end the Owls' tremendous season. "

ALL-METRO FIRST TEAM

* Jill Ballard, North Carroll, junior, midfielder -- Player of the Year in Carroll County, Ballard was the primary reason North Carroll allowed only two goals all season. "Jill controls the field," said Panthers coach Denean Koontz. "Hardly anybody ever got by her. She has great ball sense, great perception of the game and always knows where the ball is." Ballard also scored three goals and had two assists. She twice came within a judgment call of winning the state class 2A West regional final against Liberty with a goal. Ballard had two goals disallowed by infractions in that 1-0 shootout loss to Liberty, a setback that left the Panthers with an 11-2-1 record and no berth in the state semifinals.

* Tennille Foster, Perry Hall, senior, defense -- Coach Linda Fisher said Foster "did everything" for the Gators, co-champions in Baltimore County. An aggressive back with speed and quickness, Foster could stop almost anybody one-on-one. A first-team All-Baltimore City/County and second-team All-State pick, Foster could convert her defensive skills to offense as well, scoring two goals for the Gators (10-1). Foster hammered several shots at the goal in overtime of the Class 4A regional final, but the Gators ended up falling, 2-1, to Westminster.

* Colleen Gately, Severna Park, senior, attack -- The top gun in an offense that scored 45 goals, Gately led the No. 1 Falcons with 13 goals and eight assists. A strong finisher with great speed, Gately managed to put up the big numbers even though coach Lil Shelton rested her for a half in six games. When she was in, however, she always threatened for the two-time state Class 4A champs. Shelton called her "goal hungry," determined to do whatever it took to put the ball in the goal. The Player of the Year in Anne Arundel County, Gately will play next year for the University of Virginia.

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