1994 All-carroll County Field Hockey Teams

November 22, 1994|By Bill Free GR PHOTO

FIELD HOCKEY PLAYER OF THE YEAR

* Stacey Greene, Francis Scott Key, junior, forward -- The county's most talented player didn't get a second straight state 1A championship this season but she did get a lot more rave reviews from opponents and coaches wherever she played. An exasperated Katie Rockwell of South Carroll, who held North Carroll's Amber Bosley reasonably well in check in a 1-0 upset over the Panthers, came off the field after trying to defend Greene and told South Carroll coach Stacy Stem: "I just can't stop her. I just can't do it." Greene scored two goals in the first 4:30 against South Carroll and added an assist before halftime, sending Key on the way to a 3-1 victory. Greene (5 feet 9) not only has a major height advantage on almost every other player in the county but she is stronger and faster and highly skilled. There is also a driving desire to excel for Greene, who already has tied the school career scoring record of 33 goals by Cindy Zale (1975-77). With one season left, Greene appears headed toward a possible career at a Division I field hockey school. She had 14 goals and three assists.

FIELD HOCKEY CO-COACHES

OF THE YEAR

* Stacy Stem, South Carroll -- In possibly her last season as field hockey coach at South Carroll, Stem was brilliant from the first days of practice (agreeing to give goalkeeper Jaime Moyer a tryout even though she had never played field hockey) to the 3A region finals where she almost guided the Cavaliers to an upset victory over third-ranked Centennial (1-0 loss). The decision to take a chance on Moyer, who had just been cut from the soccer team, will go down as one of Stem's best moves ever as a coach. Moyer became the first-team All-County keeper and twice made 19 saves in a game to single-handedly carry an undermanned South Carroll team to victories. Even though the Cavaliers were inexperienced, lacked depth and talent, they finished with an 8-5-1 record, which was a major improvement over last season's 4-8 mark. Stem has said she plans to move out of state at the end of this school year.

* Courtney Vaughn, Liberty -- Vaughn, like Stem, didn't have an abundance of talent this season. But she still guided her team to a 10-4 record and a berth in the 2A regional finals before losing to North Carroll, 1-0, in overtime. The Lions also rose as high as 10th in the metro area poll and came within a victory over South Carroll of winning the county championship. Vaughn engineered regular-season upsets over county-champion Westminster and North Carroll, giving Liberty a 3-3 county record, which was just one-half game behind the Owls (4-3). The Lions were Central Maryland Conference co-champions (6-2) with Westminster.

FIRST TEAM AT A GLANCE

* Jill Ballard, North Carroll, senior, midfield -- The 1993 Player of the Year in the county did not dominate as many games as last year, but she still was enough of a force to help the Panthers make the state 2A semifinals where they were on the verge of upsetting defending state champion Fallston before losing, 1-0, in double overtime. Like last season, Ballard scored some big goals off penalty corners but she also had the misfortune of having some important goals nullified by illegal hits.

* Amber Bosley, North Carroll, senior, forward -- Bosley, who has nonstop energy and enthusiasm, made a second straight strong run for Player of the Year honors in the county, scoring two of her eight goals in overtime to win important games. Her biggest goal of the season came seven minutes into overtime against Liberty in the 2A West Region final and sent North Carroll into the state tournament. Bosley also scored the winning goal to beat Francis Scott Key in overtime.

* Debbi Bourke, Liberty, senior, midfield -- Speed and more speed was the primary weapon Bourke brought to the Lions. The top moment for Bourke came at North Carroll when she got the ball to Amy North for a fast-break goal in overtime that gave the Lions a 2-1 victory and prevented the Panthers from clinching the county championship. Throughout her superb field hockey career, Bourke was known for her ability to play both the offensive and defensive ends of the field. Bourke moves up to the first team after being a second-team choice last year.

* Ann Brennan, Westminster, junior, forward -- A consistent performer, Brennan was one of the many Owls' players who took part in a 27-4 shooting binge against Northern of Calvert County in the 4A semis, only to see their team lose a 2-1 heart-breaker in overtime. Brennan was a second-team selection last season.

* Nikki Cornell, Westminster, junior, defense -- This aggressive defender made a lot of things happen. Cornell was good at marking the other team's top scorers, using her hustle and enthusiasm for the game to get the job done. She is one of 13 juniors returning for a team that figures to be tough to handle next season.

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