All-Metro girls lacrosse team

June 07, 1999|By KATHERINE DUNN

Coach of the Year

Chris Robinson,

Mount Hebron

No one could match the No. 1 Vikings as they posted a perfect 20-0 season and won the state Class 1A-2A championship.

"This was the best team I've had in four years," said Robinson, who is 70-7 overall and 34-0 in Howard County during that span. Robinson was a JV coach and assistant head coach at Mount Hebron before talking over the successful program started by P.J. Kesmodel.

To Robinson's credit, the Vikings have not missed a beat. The Mount Hebron girls have won seven state titles in the 1990s, and Robinson's teams have earned three in a row.

"It was just a great season," he said. "One that I'll never forget."

Player of the Year

Lauren Aumiller, Notre Dame Prep

The Baltimore City/County Player of the Year simply dominated the midfield, especially in the big games.

In leading the No. 2 Pirates (14-1-1) to a 12-11 overtime victory over No. 4 Bryn Mawr for the Association of Independent Schools A Division championship, Aumiller had a goal, four assists and three take-aways and won the majority of NDP's 14 draws. The Pirates reached the AIS title game each of Aumiller's four years, also winning in her freshman year.

Known for her ability on the draw, often sending the ball up and snatching it with her stick extended above her long arms, Aumiller consistently sparked the Pirates' transition game. The center could finish too, contributing 47 goals and 40 assists. With her quickness, speed and athleticism, 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 NDP coach Mary Bartel, "and she can do it at a speed few other people can match."

A repeat All-Metro first-team pick, Aumiller won the Heather Leigh Albert Award as the outstanding schoolgirl player at the U.S. Women's Lacrosse Association national tournament Memorial Day weekend.

She was selected as the captain of the U.S. team that will compete for the Under-19 World Cup in Australia in September, and she was named a South regional All-American by the USWLA. This fall, Aumiller will join her sister Lacey at Virginia.

Rebecca Ferrell, Mount Hebron

Ferrell was the heart of a Vikings defense that allowed just 3.2 goals per game and gave up more than five goals only twice.

In the state tournament, the senior's unit always started out strong. The Vikings shut out No. 9 South River for the first 12:54 en route to a 9-6 semifinal victory. Then they shut down No. 11 Towson for the first 20:54 on their way to a 16-4 victory and their third straight state Class 1A-2A title.

The Vanderbilt-bound Ferrell always seemed to anticipate where the ball and the opposition were going to be. She also displayed quickness, agility and footwork, and she proved equally valuable to the team as an emotional and vocal leader.

Lindsay Buchanan, Towson

A repeat All-Metro first-team selection, Buchanan led the No. 11 Generals (14-5) in points despite missing the last three games after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee during the regional semifinal.

A determined attacker and versatile transition player, the senior scored 61 goals and 36 assists from her attack wing position.

Among her clutch performances, Buchanan scored four goals in a 12-10 come-from-behind victory over No. 13 Loch Raven that clinched the Generals' third straight Baltimore County title.

She led the Generals to the state final all four years and to the title in 1997. Named a South regional All-American, Buchanan will play next year at Virginia.

Bridget Frande, Mount Hebron

Frande emerged as one of the Vikings' top shooters and their most consistent player this season.

With excellent placement and probably the hardest shot on the Class 1A-2A championship team, the senior finished second among the Vikings in goals with 49. She also contributed six assists. Frande could score in almost any situation and proved adept at slipping the ball through tight spots with a lot of defenders around her.

She scored three goals in the 9-6 state semifinal win over No. 9 South River, including the ninth goal, which all but sealed the victory.

The oldest of three Frande sisters on the team, she will head to Maryland next fall as a recruited walk-on.

Kristy Dirks, Annapolis

Despite playing a line attack position, Dirks proved to be a dominating presence all over the field for the repeat Class 3A-4A state champion and No. 3 Panthers (19-1).

The third home could take over games with her relentless work off the ball, fine stick skills and knack for finishing. The sophomore totaled 50 goals and 32 assists.

In one of her best performances, Dirks scored four straight goals to break a 2-2 tie and spark a 9-3 win over No. 8 Broadneck in the regional final. In a couple of state tournament romps, she had five goals and two assists. She had two goals while excelling as transition catalyst in the 13-4 title victory over No. 10 Liberty.

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