Player of the Year
Sarah Oglesby, St. Paul's, senior, midfield: Oglesby enjoyed the kind of season most seniors can only dream of. Returning from an All-Metro junior year, she led the No. 3 Gators (11-0-5) to an unbeaten season and the Association of Independent Schools A Division tournament championship. A veteran of the Olympic-development style Futures Program, Oglesby excelled at all the basics and led her team in scoring with nine goals and two assists. But her contribution can't be measured just in skills and stats. "She was a spark to the team," said Gators coach Eileen Alban. "Everybody contributed, but she led on the field and off the field. She generated a lot of interest in hockey and that's something you can't really quantify." Oglesby was an AIS All-Star and first-team All-State. She also was selected for Team Maryland, which will compete next week at the United States Field Hockey Association's Hockey Festival in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Coach of the Year
Debbie Bloodsworth, Roland Park: With a core of senior leaders and an influx of young talent, Bloodsworth engineered the AIS turn-around of the year. Last fall, the Reds struggled, finishing 5-6-3, the worst record in Bloodsworth's 15 years at Roland Park. This fall, the No. 6 Reds rebounded to 12-2-3 and the runner-up spot in the A Division tournament. In preseason, the Reds hinted at their future success, but Bloodsworth remained cautiously optimistic. "I thought we would be able to score goals, because we had some good team players and the 10th-graders were very driven to win, but I didn't know how long it would take for them to jell," said Bloodsworth, an Eastern Shore native who played hockey at Salisbury State. By mid-October, the Reds had made everyone take notice when they upset two No. 1 teams within three weeks. They ended up scoring 33 goals but allowed just 13. "As the season wore on, things just played out. I didn't have any grand design. I just tried to maximize the players -- where they fit and where they added the most to the team," said Bloodsworth.
The first team
Lacey Aumiller, Notre Dame Prep, senior, attack: This AIS All-Star had five goals and one assist for the No. 7 Pirates (8-2-4), but she did much more to set up the attack. Her quick stick was an asset in the circle while her speed and stickwork enabled her to control the ball and distribute to her teammates. Aumiller has signed early to play lacrosse at Virginia.
Devin Fitzpatrick, Garrison Forest, senior, defense: nior, defense: Everything the Grizzlies (7-4-5) did revolved around Fitzpatrick at center midfield. She excelled on defense with great timing and anticipation but also set the offense in motion as the key distributor. A converted forward from last year's A Division champion team, the AIS All-Star scored three goals and had one assist. She was selected for Team Maryland.
Alli Harper, Roland Park, senior, attack: The only senior on the Reds' line came through in the crunch for the AIS A Division tournament runners-up. Harper scored two goals against Friends in the quarterfinal and two in a shootout with Notre Dame Prep in the semifinal. The AIS All-Star finished with five goals and five assists. She was chosen an alternate for Team Maryland.
Sara Herman, McDonogh, junior, midfield: An All-Metro second-teamer last year, Herman dominated the middle for the No. 12 Eagles (10-6-1). Her superb stickwork combined with great speed, anticipation and game sense made her almost impossible to stop at center link. A Futures veteran who plays for the Washington Wolves club team, Herman scored seven goals and had seven assists. She was named second-team All-State.
Mills Hook, St. Paul's, senior, attack: Hook enjoyed a break-through year for the AIS A Division champs with a combination of speed, stickwork and sheer determination. At center forward, she was the second leading scorer with six goals and four assists. She scored the first goal in the Gators' 2-0 title-victory over Roland Park. The AIS All-Star has signed early to play lacrosse at Virginia.
Kate Kaiser, Notre Dame Prep, junior, midfield: A repeat first-teamer, Kaiser showed her versatility, excelling both in the midfield and on the line. Speedy and aggressive with good field sense, she scored four goals and had six assists. In the AIS all-star game, she scored twice to help the Homer League win, 4-3. The Futures veteran is on Team Maryland.
Gailor Large, Bryn Mawr, senior, defense: A second-team pick last year, Large stepped up to lead the No. 5 Mawrtians (11-2-4) in the backfield. The AIS All-Star proved one of the league's most consistent, determined defenders and was the key to the Mawrtians' transition game. Large rushed on defensive corners and took all the free hits. She was named second-team All-State.