1994 All-metro Girls Lacrosse Team Player Of The Year

June 06, 1994

Cathy Nelson, Mount Hebron, Sr., attack -- The Howard County Player of the Year, Nelson scored almost at will. Speed, quickness, agility and a strong left hand make her an impressive player, but it's what goes on in her mind that lifts Nelson above the rest. "She's a great decision maker -- the best I've ever coached on the athletic field, male or female," said Vikings coach P. J. Kesmodel. "When we put the ball in her hands, something good happens. She's creative. On the spot, she'll decide to do something she's never done before to make it work. She amazes us all the time." The combination of quick feet and a quick stick make Nelson almost impossible to contain. "She has a great change of direction and a great switch," said Kesmodel. "She shoots better with both hands than any kid I've ever seen in high school." Nelson rebounded from an early-season knee injury to lead Howard County in scoring for the second straight year, with 78 goals and 43 assists. One of three repeat first-teamers, Nelson holds all the Vikings' season and career scoring records. This year, she also broke single-game records with nine goals and 12 points. While leading the Vikings to their third straight state title, Nelson tied the state tournament record for goals in a Class 3A/4A playoff game with seven in the 19-8 championship win over Dulaney. She came right back and scored five goals to lead the West All-Stars over the East, 15-13, in the Lacrosse For Leukemia benefit at Johns Hopkins' Homewood Field. At third home for the Vikings, Nelson proved she could do more than score. She won draws, played solid defense and also played a vital third-party roll on the Vikings' double-teams. A first-team All-American, Nelson played on the Chesapeake Schoolgirl team at the U.S. Women's Lacrosse Association's national tournament Memorial Day weekend. Next year, she will play at Maryland.

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