1998 All-Howard County girls lacrosse teams

May 27, 1998|By RICK BELZ AND STAN RAPPAPORT

Player of the Year

Kristen Dinisio, Centennial, senior, attack: "She goes all out all the time," said Centennial coach Nickie Jordan of Dinisio, who will play next season at James Madision University. Her relentless style, especially when it came to attacking the goal, is one reason she led the county in goals scored two years in a row. This season Dinisio had 78 goals, eight less than a year ago. She also had 29 assists. Asked what made Dinisio such an outstanding player, Jordan said, "Her commitment to the game." Jordan added that Dinisio was an "unselfish player" who "was always very supportive of her teammates." Dinisio also "brought a aura of confidence that was contagious" to the team, Jordan said. Dinisio, who was a first-team All-County soccer selection as a defender, had a career-high 11 goals against Hammond in a playoff game this season.

Coach of the Year

Becky Albert, River Hill: The second-year Hawks went from 1-8 in the county last season to 6-3, finishing in a three-way tie for third place with Glenelg and Hammond. "They're great kids. I'm so proud of them," Albert said. "I'm so happy they can enjoy this success." And she expects the program to grow stronger and be more successful. "I have high expectations," Albert said, "and I've communicated that to the kids and the parents. I realize it's not going to happen overnight." But it will happen if her athletes commit to playing in the off-season. "May through March is what's going to make a difference in our program," said Albert, who said 23 players attended a Penn State camp last year. Albert started a spring break tournament this season, and plans to continue that. "I want to keep the players here and active in lacrosse," said Albert, who has her players on a winter workout program if they're not participating in a winter sport. Albert played defense at Loch Raven High and at Penn State University, where she graduated in 1995. She was an assistant JV coach at Hammond in 1996 before starting River Hill's program last year. The Hawks lost by 13 goals to Centennial this season, but Albert thinks her team, which was predominantly made up of sophomores this season, can challenge the Eagles next season. "I'd like to get after Centennial next year," Albert said.

The first team

Amanda Almon, Hammond, senior, attack: A repeat first-team selection, Almon led the Golden Bears for the second straight year in goals (39) and ground balls (80). Almon was a captain this season and plans to play next season at Salisbury State. She also was a second-team All-County soccer pick as a forward.

Tracey Bounds, Mount Hebron, senior, attack: Bounds directed the potent Vikings offense and set a school single-season assist record with 54, breaking her own mark of 46 set last year. She also had 52 goals, second best on the team. A repeat first-team selection, Bounds had 74 ground balls, fifth-best for the county, regional and state champions. Bounds, who missed her sophomore season with an knee injury, will play next year at Ohio State. She also was a second-team All-County soccer selection as a defender.

Erin Kortecamp, Glenelg, senior, attack: Had she not missed two games because of a choir trip, Kortecamp most likely would have set a team record for goals in a season. She finished with 69 goals -- four short of the record held by Patti Stermer. Kortecamp, who will play at James Madison next year, did set a team record for career goals with 116. Kortecamp, who transferred to Glenelg at the start of her junior year, was a second-team All-County forward the state champion soccer team.

Lauren Kickham, Mount Hebron, sophomore, midfield: Had a team-record 131 ground balls, breaking the 1996 record of 124 set by his sister, Julie, now playing at North Carolina. She had a team-high 54 goals, and her total points (74) was the most by a midfielder since Erin McGinnis, also playing at North Carolina, in 1995. She had 11 take-aways and a team-high 23 deflections.

Kristin Marshall, Mount Hebron, senior, midfield: Her speed helped create many opportunities for herself and the Vikings' attack. Marshall, who will play next year at Hofstra, finished with 27 goals and 11 assists. A second-team pick a year ago, Marshall also had 17 take-aways and eight deflections.

Katie Nordhoff, Mount Hebron, senior, midfield: She had the hardest shot on the team, according to coach Chris Robinson, and finished with 36 goals and 12 assists. Fast and aggressive, Nordoff will play at Boston University next year, joining former teammates Chrissy Lombard and Kyle Rutkowski.

Lauren Traber, Hammond, junior, midfield: She was second on the team in goals (25) and ground balls (72). A center, Traber led the Golden Bears in interceptions (12) and blocks (19). She also was a second-team All-County soccer selection as a defender.

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