1999 All-Anne Arundel County girls lacrosse teams

June 01, 1999|By PAT O'MALLEY AND GLENN P. GRAHAM

Player of the Year

Meg Miller, Severna Park, junior, defense: A lot of times defenders can get overlooked with the attack players able to put up the dazzling numbers to get all the attention. This spring, it was impossible not to notice Miller. Whether she was anticipating an opposing team's pass, marking out an attacker or finding the smallest of openings to jump into the offense, Miller was always able to find a way to make an impact for the Falcons. "She has it all," said Severna Park coach Carin Peterson. "Meg is very athletic, has all the lacrosse skills and is very smart. She's a student of the game -- knows where to be, when to be and how to be. From her sophomore year to her junior year, she made a big leap going from a good player to a great player." A three-year starter on line defense and a first-team All-Metro selection last season, Miller scored 17 goals and added four assists to help out the attack and also had 18 interceptions, 36 ground balls and controlled 24 draws. She was recently named a first-team All-American selection in the Chesapeake region by the United States Women's Lacrosse Association.

Coach of the Year

Steve Barry, South River: A second straight trip to the Class 1A-2A state playoffs along with a solid 13-4 season was impressive enough. But the Seahawks' effort in a 9-6 loss to undefeated and No. 1-ranked Mount Hebron, winners of the last three state championships, was an even clearer indication of just how far Barry has brought the South River program. Just how outstanding was the test the Seahawks provided against the powerful Vikings from Howard County? In its previous 14 games, Mount Hebron scored an average of 20.4 goals per game. The Vikings outscored their four region playoff opponents prior by a combined margin of 83-4 and went on to defeat Towson by a 16-4 score in the state final. And there were the Seahawks -- with their fundamentally sound and swarming zone defense to go with their tireless work rate elsewhere -- twice within two goals of the Vikings in the second half. "We recognize they're the best team in the metro area, probably one of the best teams in the nation. To play with them as we did, we're real proud of that," Barry said following the game.

The first team

Kelly Coppedge, St. Mary's, sophomore, attack: Despite a heavy graduation loss, the Saints (11-8) still put together a competitive season in the demanding Association of Independent Schools A Division. The emergence of Coppedge was a big reason why. After a fine freshman season, Coppedge took on added responsibility and developed into one of the county's strongest two-way players. Plenty fast with great ball skills and an accurate finish, Coppedge scored 41 goals and added six assists this spring.

Meghan Dennehy, Arundel, senior, attack: The Wildcats captain and go-to player on attack, Dennehy finished the season with 46 goals and nine assists. The ability to finish was only part of Dennehy's expanded game this season, as she also paid plenty of attention to the defensive side. A steady player who was always on the move, one of her season highlights came in a three-goal performance against county rival Broadneck.

Kristy Dirks, Annapolis, sophomore, attack: Dirks was a dominating presence all over the field playing the third home position for the repeat Class 4A state champion Panthers. She finished the season with 50 goals and 32 assists, showing the ability to take over games with her endless work rate without the ball, fine stick skills and a knack for finishing. She scored four straight goals in a 9-3 win over county rival Broadneck in the East region final to break a 2-2 tie.

Christy McNew, Annapolis, senior, attack: McNew was plenty dynamic around the goal and, just as importantly, provided a steadying influence to a sophomore-dominated attack. Her goal this season was to close out her four-year varsity career with a third Class 4A state crown and she played big in getting that accomplished, scoring four goals in the Panthers' 13-4 win over Liberty in the final. The repeat first-team All-County selection, headed for Loyola, finished the season with 46 goals and added another dimension to her game this spring with 30 assists.

Sarah Oliphant, Annapolis, sophomore, attack: Oliphant certainly looked right at home at her new first home position this spring with a team-high 51 goals and 36 assists for the state champs. An explosive first step to goal and the ability to shoot left- or right-handed made her one of the county's toughest marks. Some of her finest work came in the big games, including a three-goal, four-assist performance in the Panthers' 13-4 win over Liberty in the state final.

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