All-Carroll girls team

June 01, 1999|By Edward Lee and Rich Scherr

Player of the Year

Jen Berarducci, Liberty, senior, defense: The University of Notre Dame-bound senior was the best one-on-one defender in the area, using her quickness, footwork and instincts to shut down opposing attackers. Always guarding the other team's biggest scoring threat, Berarducci came up big time and again, including three games in which she shut out North Carroll's Kellyn Hentz -- far and away the county's top scorer. The honors student also took eight charges this year, bringing her total over the past two seasons to 19. Team captain for each of the past three years, she was a vocal leader on a Liberty team that went 17-3 and advanced to the Class 3A-4A state finals.

Coach of the Year

Courtney Vaughn, Liberty: Liberty's 12th-year coach has won consistently by learning to adjust to the varying talents of her players. This year might have been the best example of that. Early in the season, she made the decision to focus on defense, with every player coming to the defensive side of the field when needed. The result was a team that outscored the opposition, 266-91 in winning 17 of 20 games and advancing to the Class 3A-4A state finals. Another adjustment was working several talented freshmen into the mix with a roster full of juniors and seniors. The transition was virtually seamless, with freshmen accounting for 44 percent of the Lions' offense. Vaughn, who has won nine county titles in her 12 years at the helm, said this year's squad is probably her best ever.

The team

Michelle Allen, Liberty, junior, midfield: In Coach Vaughn's estimation, Allen is "an athlete that comes around once every 10 years." The honorable mention All-American had 36 goals and a county-best 53 assists, including a school-record 10 assists vs. Damascus. The county's soccer Player of the Year as a sophomore, she first picked up a lacrosse stick two years ago.

Gina Cinquegrani, Liberty, senior, goalie: Possibly the county's most improved player, the Villa Julie-bound senior saved 58 percent of her shots this season -- up from 47 percent -- including many of the one-on-one variety. Cinquegrani, also a soccer goalie, anchored a defense that allowed an average of 4.6 goals a game.

Kellyn Hentz, North Carroll, senior, attack: The area's premier scoring threat, Hentz led the county with 69 goals and 22 assists. The Virginia Tech-bound senior also helped on defense, leading the Panthers to a 10-3 mark.

Lacey Hentz, North Carroll, sophomore, defense: "She's incredible," said Panthers coach Denean Koontz of this standout sophomore, who excelled on defense while also notching 34 goals and 15 assists.

Jessica Holman, Westminster, senior, midfield: field: A top scoring threat from either the attack or midfield, Holman notched seven goals vs. South Carroll. Though naturally left-handed, the senior was equally effective with either hand.

Cara McConville, Liberty, junior, defense: The talented junior led the Lions in deflections, interceptions and blocks, using her instincts and athletic ability to consistently thwart attackers. She was a key component on a defensive-minded team that advanced to the state finals.

Leah Onda, South Carroll, sophomore, midfield: An All-County selection for each of her two years with the Cavaliers, she finished with 50 goals -- tied for second-most in the county -- and 17 assists. Just a sophomore, Onda is thought of as one of the area's premier offensive players.

Michelle Payne, Westminster, senior, attack: The Owls' leading scorer finished with 38 goals and 14 assists, helping lead Westminster to a 9-6 mark. She had six goals and two assists vs. River Hill and five vs. South Carroll.

Jessica Roguski, Liberty, sophomore, attack: Using her large (5-10) frame and slick stickwork, the honorable mention All-American led the Lions in scoring with 41 goals and 24 assists. She also controlled a team-high 59 draws.

Danielle Shearer, North Carroll, senior, attack: The unselfish senior was the perfect complement to Kellyn Hentz, dishing out 26 assists to go along with 32 goals. She ran the entire field, making contributions on both offense and defense.

Becky Trumbo, Liberty, freshman, attack: She's one of the smallest players on Liberty's team, but one of the toughest. She had 39 goals and 14 assists, including many after sacrificing her body to pick up loose balls in front of the net. Coach Courtney Vaughn calls her a "true competitor."

Meagan Voight, Liberty, freshman, midfield: The multi-talented freshman led the team in goals with 52 to go along with nine assists. She is equally effective with either hand, and possesses one of the county's hardest shots. She was second on the team in both draws controlled and interceptions.

Trish Young, Liberty, senior, midfield: The four-year varsity starter switched from attack to defensive wing, but still finished with 28 goals and 15 assists. Always guarding the opponent's strongest midfielder, she was a key, as the Lions allowed just 4.6 goals a game.

The girls team

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