1994 All-Baltimore City/County Girls Lacrosse Team

May 31, 1994|By Katherine Dunn

COACH OF THE YEAR * Anita Noel, Dulaney -- The second-year coach guided the Lions a 15-2 season and their first appearance in the state Class 3A/4A championship game. The Lions' only two losses came against state champion Loch Raven in the Baltimore County championship and Mount Hebron in the 3A/4A title game. Although the Lions have a few steps to climb to reach the level of the area's Top 5 teams, Noel has brought them a long way in her short tenure. When Noel took over, she had plenty of athletes but had to start by teaching them basic skills. This season, the Lions built on those skills to challenge every team they played except Mount Hebron. They played a strong passing game and had some excellent finishers. A Joppatowne graduate who played at Towson State, Noel faces a greater challenge than most coaches because she doesn't teach at Dulaney. "Not being in school is tough," said Noel, who teaches at Hereford Middle School. "I don't get to know the kids. I don't get to spend any time with them and know them on a different level off the field." It also can make discipline difficult, so Noel has had to be strict. She distributed written rules, including one that said if a player missed practice the day before a game, she couldn't play the next day. "We had a few who tested the water last year and paid for it," said Noel. "This year, it's been simpler because they know we're serious." This year, the Lions achieved two of their three main goals -- an undefeated regular season and a state final four berth. The one they didn't reach was beating Loch Raven, although they gave the Raiders a good run before falling, 11-7, in the county title game.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR * Peggy Boutilier, Roland Park, Sr., midfield -- Boutilier led the Reds to a record-setting fourth straight Association of Independent Schools A Division title, an undefeated season and their first No. 1 ranking. The perfect blend of individual standout and team player, Boutilier always made things happen. She got involved in every play that was anywhere near her, challenging for the ball at every opportunity and usually winning it. "She was omnipresent," said Reds coach Wendy Kridel. "Peggy was just everywhere on the field. You don't know she's there and then all of a sudden, she's there to come through the ground ball, to play defense on somebody, for the give-and-go or to take a shot." A versatile midfielder, the natural defender also came up with some big goals, scoring 29 and adding 13 assists. Her speed, positioning and tenacity allowed her to play great denial defense and come up with interceptions and ground balls. At center, she worked on directing the draw to give the Reds a big advantage in setting their overwhelming transition game in motion. One of three repeat first-teamers, Boutilier was named to every postseason all-star team. Friday night, she scored three goals and had an assist, although her East team fell to the West, 15-13, in the Lacrosse for Leukemia benefit at Johns Hopkins' Homewood Field. Over the weekend, she sparked the South I schoolgirl team to third place at the U.S. Women's Lacrosse Association's national tournament. Named an All-American for the second straight year, she was an AIS All-Star three times. The All-Metro Field Hockey Player of the Year and a member of the U.S. national under-21 field hockey team, Boutilier will play both sports at Virginia on an athletic scholarship. Last fall, she led the Reds' field hockey team to its fourth straight AIS title.

FIRST TEAM AT A GLANCE * Kim Allen, Loch Raven, Jr., defense -- A terrific defensive midfielder for the state Class 1A/2A champions, Allen could quietly take a player right out of the game. Her excellent body position defense kept her tight on her mark. Smart with great anticipation, she could upset the opposition's transition plans, beating them to the ground balls and intercepting passes. The first-team All-Baltimore County selection also had 11 goals and nine assists.

* Lisa Banbury, Mount de Sales, Jr., midfield -- The catalyst for the 19-2 Sailors dominated at center and set the offense moving. The AIS All-Star led the Sailors in scoring with 85 goals and 11 assists, and her speed made her a threat to score every time she had the ball. Her powerful shot and uncanny ability to find the net from any angle made her one of the area's top finishers.

* Amy Buck, Mount de Sales, Jr., attack -- At 6 feet 1, Buck !B proved an intimidating third home. A great target for her &L teammates, Buck was a key connector in transition. She could catch anything and go to goal. A smart shooter, she used her height to her advantage, throwing keepers off-balance with her ability to hit the high corners as well as bounce it in. The AIS All-Star was second on the team with 73 goals and 20 assists.

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