1998 All-Anne Arundel County field hockey teams

November 25, 1998

Player of the Year

Sara Zuckerman, Severna Park, senior, midfield: The dazzling stickwork she displayed at her midfield position was only the start of what Zuckerman provided in an outstanding senior season that completed her three-year career at Severna Park. She was the catalyst on the Falcons' second straight Class 4A championship team, their 11th overall, finishing with four goals and 11 assists. Her uncanny field sense always had her right where she needed to be and once she gained possession of the ball, she always did something positive with it. Zuckerman, a second-team All-American last season who recently committed to James Madison University, has compiled an impressive resume since she started playing field hockey in the sixth grade. She has played in the U.S. Field Hockey Association's Futures Program since 1995 and was on two Under-19 teams representing Maryland and Delaware that won gold medals. After attending the Key School in Annapolis, Zuckerman entered Severna Park in the 10th grade. Her commitment to the game, combined with the school's rich field hockey tradition, proved a perfect match.

Coach of the Year

Laura Gerrior, South River: When Gerrior inherited a 1-13 team two seasons ago, she pledged to bring fundamentals and enthusiasm to the program. You can add stability to the list. The Seahawks went on to win five games her first season in 1997 and followed that with a breakthrough 8-4-2 campaign this year. "The biggest reward was we surpassed the .500 record we made our goal this season," she said. The Broadneck and Loch Haven University grad said her players' participation in summer leagues and the addition of assistant coach Kim McNemar played big roles in helping get things turned around. "And we still work hard on the fundamentals," she added. McNemar, a former assistant at Catonsville High, is more of an offensive coach, while Gerrior's primary focus is on defense. Aside from first-team All-County goalie Amie Ward, the Seahawks graduated their entire defense from last season, leaving Gerrior with plenty of teaching to do.

First team at a glance

Whitney Carroll, St. Mary's, senior, defense: fense: With her aggressiveness and fine game sense, the Saints' captain dominated at her position, rarely getting beaten. A former attack player, Carroll was always to the ball first and then used her crafty stickwork to start the Saints in transition.

Beth Davis, Severna Park, senior, forward: ward: Goals -- 13 in all this season -- came in a variety of ways from Davis, whose biggest attribute at her wing position was consistency. She always had her post covered, waiting on balls to come across and finishing promptly. That's how she scored the biggest goal of her career, the game-winner in the second half of the Falcons' 3-1 win over Magruder in the Class 4A final.

Jess Gaither, Severna Park, senior, midfield: field: The Falcons had seven different penalty corner plays, but option No. 1 was getting the ball to Gaither at the top of the circle. The repeat first-team All-County selection scored eight of her 15 goals this season on those situations with a hard drive that always seemed to find its way past traffic. She also added seven assists and helped control the midfield for the Falcons. Gaither scored two goals in the Falcons' 3-1 win over Magruder in the Class 4A state championship game.

Alicia Groveston, Southern, senior, midfield: field: After playing soccer as a freshman, Groveston made the switch to field hockey as a sophomore and improved with every year. A three-year starter and two-year captain, she relied on her athleticism, speed and commitment to the game to establish herself as one of the top midfielders in the county. Southern coach Carolyn Knowles said Groveston (two goals, one assist) had good hand-eye coordination and was always first to the ball.

Amanda McElwee, Broadneck, junior, midfield: field: The Bruins' two-year starter finished the season with five goals and four assists at her midfield position. Her agility, good stick skills and ability to read the game got the Bruins' offense started. Broadneck coach Phoebe Kelly said McElwee challenged herself improve every day and that was a big influence on her teammates.

Bif Moorshead, Severn, senior, defense: The Admirals' three-year starter brought finesse, agility and incredible game sense to her position. Moorshead's biggest strength was her ability to dodge opponent after opponent before sending powerful clears to get the Admirals in transition. A repeat first-team all-county selection, Moorshead also finished the season with four goals and eight assists.

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