All-Baltimore City/County girls lacrosse teams

May 27, 1998|By LEM SATTERFIELD AND KATHERINE DUNN

Player of the Year

Erin McInnes, Roland Park, senior, attack: The No. 1 player on the No. 1 team, McInnes was the central cog in a 22-0 machine. She led the AIS A Division champion Reds in scoring with 83 goals and 22 assists and played key roles on draw control and transition. "When she had the ball in her stick, she created about 75 percent of our offense," said coach Tara Kramer. A consistent, mentally tough player, McInnes never had a bad game. Her defensive skills improved this year and she became an all-around complete player. Also an All-Metro field hockey player, McInnes will play next year at North Carolina.

Coach of the Year

Tara Kramer, Roland Park: A former All-America attacker at Loyola in her second year as head coach, Kramer guided the No. 1 Reds to a perfect season while playing probably the toughest schedule in the nation. They beat the national pre-season No. 1, St. Stephen's/St. Agnes, at a March tournament in San Diego and polished off the season with a second victory over Notre Dame Prep for the AIS A Division championship, Roland Park's sixth title in eight years. Along the way, the Reds won nine games against teams ranked in The Sun's Top 15 and outscored the opposition by an average of 10 goals.

The first team

Kate Ahearn, St. Paul's, senior, attack: Also an All-Metro field hockey player, Ahearn was a bright spot in a difficult season for the Gators (5-6). Their go-to player at third home, she scored 29 goals and had 15 assists. Ahearn was a solid all-around player, also proving instrumental on transition and midfield defense. She is headed for Georgetown.

Lauren Aumiller, Notre Dame Prep, junior, midfield: A repeat first-teamer, Aumiller controlled transition for the No. 2 Pirates (14-2). At center, she dominated the draw with her great reach, quickness and natural athleticism. Her versatility made her a top defender while she contributed 71 goals and 32 assists for the AIS A Division runners-up.

Lindsay Buchanan, Towson, junior, midfield: field: A repeat first-teamer, Buchanan led the No. 6 Generals (16-2) to the state Class 1A/2A final for the second straight year. She scored five goals in each of her last four games including the 9-7 title-game loss to Mount Hebron. A versatile, athletic player critical to transition, Buchanan scored 62 goals and 37 assists.

Molly Cangemi, Notre Dame Prep, senior, midfield: Switching from attack to defense wing as a sophomore, the Virginia-bound Cangemi has developed into a threat at both ends of the field. Her speed, quickness and anticipation made her a threat to check or intercept. With a terrific shot, Cangemi could also finish, contributing 53 goals and 20 assists.

Tricia Dabrowski, Dulaney, senior, goalie: An All-Metro second-teamer as a freshman and sophomore, Dabrowski bounced back from rotator-cuff surgery to post a 66 percent save rate for the No. 14 Lions (11-3). She gave up only 5.9 goals per game. A more confident player out of the crease, she improved her clear distance and accuracy. Dabrowski is headed for Loyola.

Ashley Froman, Loch Raven, junior, defense: Froman played a variety of positions for the No. 15 Raiders (10-3) but always marked the opposition's best attack player. An excellent position defender with a well-timed check, Froman proved an excellent decision maker. She also provided the spark in the Raiders transition game with her speed and versatility.

Betsy Gaines, Roland Park, junior, midfield: This attack wing was a key transition player who could also finish. Known for her blocks, interceptions and ground balls, she also had 59 goals and 37 assists. An All-Metro basketball player, Gaines was at her best in the big games including the AIS championship when she scored four goals in the victory over NDP.

Kate Kaiser, Notre Dame Prep, senior, midfield: Kaiser, a first-team All-Metro pick last year, was everywhere. Her quick check, ability to run both ends of the field and sheer aggressiveness enabled her to control the midfield. She could also finish, contributing 15 goals and five assists. Also All-Metro in field hockey, Kaiser will play lacrosse at Duke.

Ella Masson, Friends, senior, defense: The Quakers defensive quarterback, Masson excelled on the crease or in the open field. The defense wing emerged as a leader on a young defense. A strong checker with great speed and anticipation, she could come up with a ground ball or the interception to spark the Quakers on transition. She will play at Penn.

Lauren Miller, Roland Park, senior, attack: A consistent, confident attacker at second home, Miller posted some of the most balanced numbers around with 51 goals and 45 assists. Excellent at rolling the crease and using her height (6 feet), she also provided a steadying influence for her teammates. Miller will move on to play at Boston College.

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