1998 All-Metro girls lacrosse teams HIGH SCHOOLS PLUS

May 30, 1998|By 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. The Baltimore City/County Player of the Year led the Association of Independent Schools 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. Whenever the Reds struggled with draw control, Kramer moved McInnes to the center, where she excelled at directing the draw to a teammate. McInnes also proved critical in several games in which the Reds had to rally from a significant deficit. After trailing Mount Hebron, 9-2, at halftime, McInnes scored two goals and had an assist to spark a huge Reds rally and a 15-11 victory. Second-team All-Metro last year, the third home improved her defensive skills this year, making her a complete all-around player. McInnes was chosen the AIS A Division Player of the Year by US Lacrosse. The AIS All-Star played for the South I schoolgirl team that finished third at last weekend's U.S. Women's Lacrosse Association National Tournament. She was selected for the USWLA senior all-star game. Also an All-Metro field hockey player, McInnes will play lacrosse next year at North Carolina.

Coach of the Year

Tara Kramer, Roland Park: In her second year as coach, Kramer guided the No. 1-ranked Reds to a perfect season while playing probably the toughest schedule in the nation. They beat the national preseason No. 1, St. Stephen's/St. Agnes, at a March tournament in San Diego and polished off the season with a second victory over No. 2 Notre Dame Prep for the AIS A Division championship. The win gave Roland Park its 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. They also came from behind several times -- trailing No. 5 Mount Hebron by seven goals, No. 4 Bryn Mawr by four, St. Stephen's/St. Agnes by five and NDP by two in the title game. They beat No. 3 St. Mary's in the last second. Kramer, a former All-America attack player at Loyola, attributes the Reds' success to the intensity of her players, but her guidance proved critical to maintaining the focus necessary to complete a tough 22-game schedule unbeaten.

The first team

Lauren Aumiller, Notre Dame Prep, junior, midfield: ior, midfield: A second-team All-Metro selection last year, Aumiller controlled transition for the No. 2 Pirates (14-2). At center, she dominated the draw, often able to pick the ball out of the air with her great reach. Her quickness, strength and natural athleticism made her one of the area's most versatile midfielders. She covered the entire field, providing defensive help one minute and offensive punch the next. Aumiller tripled her offensive output this season with 71 goals and 32 assists for the AIS A Division finalists. An AIS All-Star, she also played for South I.

Tracey Bounds, Mount Hebron, senior, attack: The director of one of the area's most potent offenses, Bounds set a school single-season assist record with 54, breaking her own mark of 46 set last year. Not a bad comeback for a player who missed her entire sophomore season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. She also contributed 52 goals this season for the Howard County and Class 1A/2A state champion No. 5 Vikings (18-3). Bounds, a second-team All-Metro pick last year, had three assists and a goal in the 9-7 state title victory over Towson. She will play next year at Ohio State.

Lindsay Buchanan, Towson, junior, midfield: field: The fire in the No. 6 Generals attack, Buchanan led Towson (16-2) to the state Class 1A/2A final for the third straight year. She finished the season with 62 goals and 37 assists even though she played a defensive position, third man. Her determination never showed more than in the state final when she scored five goals for the defending champs in a 9-7 loss to Mount Hebron. Buchanan, an All-Metro second teamer last year, scored five goals in each of her last four playoff games. A versatile, athletic player critical to transition, Buchanan also played for South I.

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