1999 All-Baltimore City/County girls lacrosse teams

June 01, 1999|By LEM SATTERFIELD AND KATHERINE DUNN

Player of the Year

Lauren Aumiller, Notre Dame Prep, senior, midfield: When it came to midfield domination, nobody could match Aumiller. Her performance in the Association of Independent Schools A Division championship put an appropriate finishing touch on her four-year varsity career. In leading the No. 2 Pirates (14-1-1) to a 12-11 overtime victory over No. 4 Bryn Mawr, Aumiller had a goal and four assists, three take-aways and won the majority of NDP's 14 draws. Known for her ability on the draw, often sending the ball up and snatching it with her stick extended above her long arms, Aumiller sparked a lot of the Pirates' offense. She could finish too, leading her team in points with 47 goals and 40 assists. But Aumiller also proved proficient on defense, forcing turnovers and denying her mark the ball. "She has as much ability to keep body position and check as she does to make an assist and score a goal," said Pirates coach Mary Bartel, "and she can do it at a speed few other people can match." Named a South regional All-American, Aumiller will join her sister Lacey at Virginia next year.

Coach of the Year

P. J. Kesmodel, City: Three years ago, Kesmodel took over the Knights program after a terrific run and four state titles with the Mount Hebron girls. The new job, in a system not known for girls lacrosse, brought even more challenges than Kesmodel expected, but he still managed to turn things around. The Knights were 2-9 his first season. Last year, they improved to 10-3 and won the Baltimore City championship. This season, they finished 13-3, winning the city title and an informal league crown that included Baltimore County's Division III teams. The Knight also won the Northeast tournament as well as their first regional playoff game. Kesmodel, a guidance counselor at Mount Hebron, has devoted much time to guiding his players toward improvement, mostly through camps and off-season leagues. "The kids put a lot more time into it now," said Kesmodel. "The reason we're good [in the city league] is we're doing things nobody else does. We're doing things in the off-season that the suburban teams do."

The first team

Katie Dolan, Towson, senior, midfield: A second-team pick last year, Dolan emerged as a force for the Class 1A-2A state runners-up. The South regional All-American led the team in goals with 70 and added 17 assists. She scored three critical goals to lead a comeback win over Loch Raven for the Baltimore County title. She had six goals and an assist in the state semifinal win over Edgewood. Dolan will play next year at Richmond.

Lindsay Buchanan, Towson, senior, midfield: A repeat All-City/County performer and an All-Metro first-teamer last season, Buchanan led the No. 11 Generals (14-5) in scoring despite missing the last three games. She tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee during the regional semifinal. A determined attacker and versatile transition player, Buchanan had 61 goals and 36 assists. Named a South regional All-American, Buchanan will play next year at Virginia.

Ashley Froman, Loch Raven, senior, defense: This repeat first-teamer led the No. 13 Raiders (12-3) to the regional semifinals. A versatile player who also emerged as a threat on attack with 15 goals and six assists, Froman remained the center of the Raiders' transition game. However, at third man, she continued to show excellent defensive skills. Froman will play next year at Gettysburg.

Betsy Gaines, Roland Park, senior, midfield: A repeat first-team pick and an All-Metro selection last season, Gaines emerged as the go-to player for the No. 5 Reds (14-2-2), leading them in scoring with 49 goals and 20 assists. Her versatility and consistency made Gaines a key to transition, a solid defender and a top-notch finisher. An All-Metro first-teamer in three sports and a South regional All-American, Gaines will play lacrosse at North Carolina.

Tara Hardiman, Bryn Mawr, junior, attack: The leading point-getter for the No. 4 and AIS A Division runner-up Mawrtians (15-2-1), Hardiman proved a patient as well as potent attacker. She scored a team-high 45 goals and added 20 assists. Hardiman, a second-team pick last year, always seemed to be in the right place and turned many of her 70 ground balls into scoring opportunities.

Meghan Kelly, Roland Park, senior, defense: Kelly, a second-team pick last year, always drew the assignment of marking the opposition's best player. Her good timing and body-positioning helped her excel as a stingy third man. She also proved critical to transition, handling the goalie clears, and she could score, adding four goals and five assists. Kelly, who was named a South regional All-American, will move on to North Carolina.

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