1996 All-Carroll County field hockey team

November 20, 1996|By Glenn P. Graham

Player of the Year

Becky Bosley, N. Carroll, senior, goalie: The three-year starter brought all the essentials needed in goal and more. Her quickness, athleticism and knowledge of the position was just the start. "Her heart and desire sums it up," said North Carroll coach Denean Koontz. "Whether it's in phys ed class, practice, or pick-up games on Thursday night, she gives it 100 percent." Out for a week with an ailment early in the season, Bosley returned to show the same form that earned her first-team, All-Metro status as a junior. In 11 games, she had 55 saves and allowed only four goals to earn All-State honorable-mention status. Bosley's season highlight came in the Panthers' 0-0 tie with Class 4A state champ Westminster. She made 10 saves in that game to provide the top-ranked Owls (16-0-1) with their only blemish of the season. "She's aggressive on everything, quick and reads the ball very well," Koontz said. Bosley's leadership and competitiveness will be missed even more. "She was a leader back there. The kids had a lot of confidence in her and played that much better knowing she was back there."

Coaches of the Year

Brenda Baker, Sue Hooper, Westminster: What better way to rebuild than win a state title? That's exactly what the Owls (16-0-1) did this season with an entirely new starting cast from last year's state semifinal team. Their 2-1 win over Severna Park, winners of the previous four Class 4A state crowns, provided Westminster with its fifth state championship. Baker and Hooper knew this group, with nine juniors and one sophomore to go along with only five seniors, had plenty of talent. The majority of the underclassmen had never lost a match at the JV level. The question going in was how they would respond at the higher level. The answer? A second straight unbeaten regular season (11-0-1) and, even more impressive, four straight come-from-behind wins in the postseason, closing with senior Linnea Pagulayan's overtime goal to beat Severna Park. "It was a coach's dream for us," said Baker. "We didn't know what to expect coming in. We knew they had the ability to play good solid hockey. As the season wore on, you could see how they didn't let things rattle them. They didn't let emotions get into the game, and that was evident in the state final. They just felt they've been through it before and finished on top, so they could do it again." The foundation Hooper and Baker have set throughout the years has brought on a tradition at Westminster that doesn't include rebuilding years. "This team set a direction of where they wanted to go, strived for it, and worked hard for it," said Hooper.

The first team

Liz Armstrong, Liberty, senior, midfield: Armstrong made it difficult for opposing teams to get anything by the Liberty midfield. Her relentless play often resulted in long drive-after-long drive to provide the Liberty offense with plenty of scoring chances. Armstrong's good stickwork enabled her to dodge opponents to give her time to send the ball down field. She did a great job of changing fields with her long hits.

Heather Arnold, F. Scott Key, senior, midfield: field: A steadying influence in the middle of the field, Arnold's strong offensive output -- seven goals and five assists -- was only the start of what she meant to a young Key team. Her relentless work rate, leadership and talented stickwork played big in the Eagles' run to the state final. Arnold seemed to always be at the right place doing the right things when the Eagles needed it most.

Lisa Duke, Westminster, junior, forward: The first-year starter spent the season scoring big goal-after-big goal for the Class 4A state champion-Owls -- including clutch second half, game-tying goals in the state semifinal against Whitman and in the final against Severna Park. Her excellent stickwork and dodging ability also helped create plenty of scoring chances for her teammates as she finished the season with nine goals and seven assists. "She made it look easy," said Westminster co-coach Brenda Baker.

Annie Eggers, N. Carroll, senior, forward: The senior captain didn't put up big numbers, but her crafty skills didn't go unnoticed by opposing coaches, who often shifted their defenses in an attempt to contain her. Eggers (one goal, two assists) often dominated at her wing position with her strong stickwork, carrying the ball from midfield before sending crosses through the circle. She battled back from an ankle injury, and her relentless work rate inspired her teammates.

Carli Harris, Westminster, junior, midfield: field: Combining scrappy play with talent, Harris was in the middle of everything for the Owls and wouldn't have it any other way. "She had the mind-set that she wasn't going to let anybody by her," said Westminster co-coach Brenda Baker. "She helped control our defense and kept things together for us." Harris also scored two goals on penalty strokes, including the game-winner in a 2-1 win over Watkins Mill in the region final.

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