1994 All-howard County Field Hockey Teams

November 22, 1994|By Katherine Dunn

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

* Emily Ward, Centennial, Sr., attack -- A breakaway artist, Ward was the most explosive player in the county. The All-State first-team pick led the Howard County league in goals (18) and total points (29). She was involved in all but six of the Eagles' goals as she sparked Centennial to its first regional championship in 12 years. In a single week, she had a hand in nine of 10 Eagles' goals. Playing on the right wing, Ward proved as adept at sending the ball across to her teammates as in setting herself up to shoot. Her all-around game grew in remarkable strides after scoring just four goals last season. With exceptional speed and stick skills, she could dart past almost anyone and keep firm control of the ball. "Her speed is a positive asset rather than a hindrance," said coach Gail Purcell. "In hockey, sometimes that speed is not paired with body control, but Emily encapsulates all that. Of all the kids I've ever coached, she's the fastest with the most finesse. I think she's one of the best Howard County has ever produced."

COACH OF THE YEAR

* Patti Ordonez, Glenelg Country School -- The fourth-year coach orchestrated the turnaround of the season taking the Dragons from a 3-6-2 team to 11-3-1, the AIS B Division regular-season championship and the tournament runner-up spot. That's an especially remarkable accomplishment considering there are only 36 girls in the entire high school. Not only did the Dragons boost their record, but their skills and teamwork improved tremendously. Ordonez said the hardest part of the climb was instilling confidence in her players and getting them to believe they could win. Ordonez, who played hockey at Roland Park and Johns Hopkins, credits assistant coach Natalie Santos with bringing a new energy to the defense and fourth-year seniors Allison Hoke and Robin Zimmerly with inspiring their teammates. "What finally did it was that the kids who started it four years ago reached their senior year and they wanted to do it now. They are the main reason this all happened. They provided the leadership to make the others work. They took the game seriously," she said.

FIRST TEAM AT A GLANCE

* Melissa Anderson, Wilde Lake, sr., defense -- A repeat All-County pick, Anderson also received honorable-mention All-State honors. The Wildecats' sweeper saw tons of action playing behind an otherwise inexperienced defense, but that just provided a showcase for her great stickwork and fantastic drives. Excellent at reading the offense, Anderson knew when to go for the quick steal and when to lay back and pick off the pass.

* Karyn Bruns, Centennial, sr., defense -- The only other repeat All-County pick, Bruns anchored a defense that allowed just six goals. She had 50 interceptions and 101 tackles. A smart center back with good anticipation, she played with confidence and took the initiative. Bruns received All-State honorable mention.

* Carrie Everett, Glenelg Country School, jr., attack -- Always a breakaway threat, Everett was second only to Ward in her ability to move the ball down the wing with speed and control. The right wing scored seven goals and had seven assists. She was named an AIS All-Star for the second straight year even though she has only played the sport for two years.

* Bridget Goss, Mount Hebron, jr., midfield -- The anchor of the Vikings' midfield, Goss had good stickwork and lateral movement as well as great footwork. She was so quick as the rusher on defensive corners that the opposition only managed one solid shot off a corner. Goss added one goal.

* Allison Hoke, Glenelg Country School, sr., attack -- Howard County's leading goal scorer had 20 and added one assist from center forward. An AIS All-Star, Hoke could start the offense at midfield and then finish it off in the circle. She could bring the ball in and score one-on-one or be in the right place to receive the pass for the deflection.

* Sarah Geatz, Atholton, jr., goalie -- Geatz made 161 saves and allowed just eight goals for the Raiders, who reached their Class 2A regional final. Her 13 saves were a key to a 1-0 win over !B Chopticon in the regional semifinal. Aggressive with good positioning and strong clears, Geatz hones her skills in the utures Program.

* Lea Nichols, Atholton, jr., midfield -- After skipping her sophomore season, Nichols returned to give the Raiders a boost with nine goals and five assists. A hustler who moves the ball well, Nichols scored the game-winner in the 1-0 playoff victory over Chopticon.

* Liz Sturm, Centennial, jr., midfield -- The Eagles' midfield catalyst, Sturm moved from forward to link and quickly excelled. She had eight assists as well as 41 interceptions and 98 dodges. Coach Gail Purcell called her the team's spark plug because she made things happen with her ability to stop the opposition's defense and initiate the Eagles' offense.

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