1995 All-metro Girls Lacrosse Team

June 03, 1995|By Katherine Dunn

FIRST TEAM AT A GLANCE

PLAYER PROFILES

* Ridgely Bennett, Roland Park, senior, defense -- The anchor of one of the area's top defensive units, Bennett could blend into a strong team effort or play great position defense to stop a player one-on-one. Perhaps her best performance came in the AIS championship game when she held Mount de Sales' 100-point scorer Amy Buck without a goal. Playing third man for the No. 1 Reds, Bennett never had a bad day. Her speed also made her an offensive threat and she scored five goals and added an assist. An AIS All-Star, she played for the national champion South I schoolgirl team. Bennett is headed for North Carolina's new lacrosse program.

* Amy Brew, Annapolis, junior, midfield -- The most complete player in Anne Arundel County, Brew led the No. 5 Panthers (15-2) to the state semifinals after reaching the final in 1994. A stellar midfield defender, Brew had the speed, the game sense and the stick skills to completely contain her opponent. She had 62 ground balls, 27 take-aways, 12 interceptions and seven blocks. At the same time, as defense wing she could take over a game offensively, finishing with 38 goals and 10 assists. A first-team All-American, Brew also played for the national runner-up Chesapeake schoolgirl team.

* Tice Burke, St. Paul's, senior, attack -- Only an early-season ankle injury slowed Burke, but she recovered in time to pace the 6-6-1 Gators to a strong finish with an appearance in the AIS tournament semifinal. An excellent shooter with great stickwork and a quick first step, Burke could beat the defenders on the crease and always took high-percentage shots. She was unselfish, compiling 21 assists to go with 29 goals. Burke, a first-team All-American headed for Princeton, won a spot on the U.S. Under-19 team for the world championships. She also scored three goals for South I in the national schoolgirl title game.

* Melissa Coyne, Roland Park, sophomore, goalie -- She's young, but Coyne doesn't play that way. She posted a 67 percent save rate against some of the best shooters in the area, but that was just the beginning of her contribution to the No. 1 Reds. Poised beyond her years, Coyne, an honorable-mention All-American, proved a great decision maker in the crease. She faced 285 shots and made 165 saves, allowing 81 goals in 15 games. She had 29 ground balls, 14 interceptions and an assist. Her patience helped her make strong accurate clears. Named an AIS All-Star and to the South I team, Coyne will be in the goal this summer for the U.S. Under-19 team at the world championships.

* Robyn Harry, Loch Raven, senior, midfield -- The center of everything for the unbeaten and No. 3 Raiders, Harry switched from offense to defense and back again with lightning speed. She used her great athletic ability, speed and stick skills to dominate loose balls and force turnovers to set the transition rolling. A repeat first-teamer, she scored four goals and had three assists in an 18-5 victory over Liberty for the Raiders' second straight state Class 1A-2A championship. That brought Harry's season totals to 64 goals and 46 assists in 16 games. A first-team All-Baltimore County Class 1A-2A selection, Harry is bound for Towson State.

* Anne Heine, Loch Raven, senior, attack -- One of the most versatile attack players around, Heine could score and she could play defense. With her full range of skills, she could have played anywhere on the field, but her speed, stick skills and smarts made her almost unstoppable on attack for the Baltimore County champs. A smart, patient shooter, Heine scored 55 goals and added 44 assists to finish second on her team. An All-Baltimore County Class 1A-2A selection, she had six goals and four assists in two state tournament victories. A member of the national champion South I team, Heine will play at Richmond next year.

* Katie Loovis, Seton Keough, senior, defense -- A superb line defender and repeat first-teamer, Loovis had one of the quickest sticks around. She could hold her mark with great quickness and defensive positioning, driving them wide or into the double team. But Loovis also made strong checks when she had the openings. That helped her come up with a lot of turnovers and get the Gators rolling on offense. Loovis got a bit more involved in the attack, adding 15 goals and nine assists. A four-time AIS All-Star, Loovis also played for national champ South I. This summer, Loovis, a first-team All-American, will play on the U.S. team at the Under-19 world championships. Next year, she will play for North Carolina.

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