1995 All-Baltimore City/Baltimore County field hockey teams

November 21, 1995

The teams

Player of the Year: Emily Hickman, Bryn Mawr

Coach of the Year: Eileen Alban, St. Paul's

First team

Name, School, Year, Position

Courtney Austin, Garrison Forest, Senior, Attack

Kate Kaiser, Notre Dame Prep, Sophomore, Attack

Lauren Klein, Garrison Forest, Senior, Attack

Lydia Ries, Friends, Senior, Attack

Sara Herman, McDonogh, Sophomore, Midfield

Emily Hickman, Bryn Mawr, Senior, Midfield

Sarah Oglesby, St. Paul's, Junior, Midfield

Emily Santos, Friends, Senior, Midfield

Kate Daniecki, Notre Dame Prep, Senior, Defense

Jen Murray, Roland Park, Senior, Defense

Nikki Satyshur, St. Paul's, Senior, Defense

Kristin Ward, McDonogh, Senior, Defense

Jacque Weitzel, Garrison Forest, Senior, Goalie

Second team

Name, School, Year, Position

Hedy Born, Roland Park, Senior, Attack

Mary Enoch, Dulaney, Senior, Attack

Tammi Norris, Franklin, Senior, Attack

Amy Stambaugh, Towson, Senior, Attack

Lizzy Bennett, Roland Park, Senior, Midfield

Jen Coughlin, Bryn Mawr, Junior, Midfield

Jenny Gray, Maryvale, Junior, Midfield

Lacey Milsom, Franklin, Senior, Midfield

A.Salkowski-Bartlett, Park, Junior, Midfield

Gailor Large, Bryn Mawr, Junior, Defense

Maggie Shoemaker, Garrison Forest, Senior, Defense

Simone Stalling, Friends, Senior, Defense

Rebecca Shapiro, Park, Sophomore, Goalie

Amy Whitcomb, Franklin, Senior, Goalie

Player of the Year

Emily Hickman, Bryn Mawr, Sr.: No one dominated the AIS this year as Hickman did. The defensive-minded center midfielder put up a brick wall that opponents rarely broke through. With superior stick skills, anticipation and field sense, Hickman seemed to be everywhere, playing every ball. She controlled the transition and showed an uncanny ability to see the open spaces and pass off quickly and accurately. "Emily's the leader on the field and she sets the pace of the game," said Bryn Mawr coach Jeanette Budzik. "She knows how to cut through and get the momentum going. She controlled the midfield offensively, getting the ball up to the line, and then could recover and get back on defense. She played the whole field." Hickman, who finished with three goals and three assists, led the No. 5 Mawrtians (8-1-4) to an unbeaten regular season. Their only loss came in a shootout with St. Paul's that kept them from reaching the AIS A Division tournament final for a second straight year. An All-Metro pick last year, Hickman scored the game-tying goal for the North in last week's 1-1 standoff with the South at the Maryland State Senior All-Star Game. Hickman has signed with Duke, where she will play lacrosse.

Coach of the Year

Eileen Alban, St. Paul's: In her first season as a head coach, Alban turned the Gators into the surprise team of 1995. No one expected a team that finished 3-8-2 and was eliminated in the opening round of the AIS A Division tournament to rebound into the title game in a single year, but the Gators did. Even more impressively, the Gators came within one goal of an unbeaten season, suffering their first loss in the tournament championship, 1-0 to Garrison Forest. Even the loss couldn't dampen the amazing turnaround that ended with an 11-1-3 record and the No. 4 ranking. Alban's secret was a more offensive approach which, with a little help from the schedule maker, paid off quickly. The Gators opened the year with wins over three B Division teams that they collectively outscored 22-0. That helped build confidence in a talented team that just was not used to winning. "They didn't know how to win. We talked about that in preseason and I just kept chipping away at them," said Alban, whose team broke into the Top 10 with wins over three ranked teams followed by ties with last year's finalists Garrison and Bryn Mawr. "It was so neat to watch. Everything just came together nicely, but a good part of it was the chemistry of the team. Now I feel like I have 15 kids."

First team at a glance

Courtney Austin, Garrison Forest, Sr.: Out on the wing, Austin gave the two-time AIS A Division champion Grizzlies (8-0-5) a strong left-side attack. She initiated dozens of scoring opportunities with great stickwork. Austin finished with four goals and three assists.

Kate Daniecki, Notre Dame Prep, Sr.: The No. 13 Pirates' team leader at center back, Daniecki proved an all-around solid defender. Her excellent stick skills and great anticipation upset many of the opposition's scoring drives. She also scored two goals -- on a penalty stroke and a corner.

Sara Herman, McDonogh, So.: The No. 14 Eagles' pivotal midfield player, Herman controlled everything that came into the center. Her speed, stickwork and game sense made her a strong defensive player as well as an offensive threat for the 9-5-4 Eagles. She scored nine goals and added five assists.

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