1999 All-Anne Arundel County Field Hockey Teams

High Schools

November 30, 1999

Co-Player of the Year

Courtney Thornton, St. Mary's, Sr., MF: Flashy? Thornton knows the game too well to have a need for that, always positioned right where she needs to be at center midfield, often a step ahead of everyone else on the field. Smart and aggressive with skills polished to near-perfection, she was a dominating presence as the catalyst of the Saints' transition game. "Courtney works harder than anybody I've ever coached," said St. Mary's coach Patti Lavell. "She's a perfectionist; smart with natural physical ability. And she's also very humble." The three-year starter finished the season with six goals and two assists, but was just as important from a defensive standpoint and as a team leader. "She always had everyone ready to play and also made everyone around her that much better," said Lavell. A two-year member of Team Maryland and the U.S. Field Hockey Association's Futures Program, Thornton has accepted a full scholarship at the University of Maryland.

Co-Player of the Year

Erin Shaklee, Severna Park, Sr., F: No player in the county produced in the scoring circle quite like Shaklee. The Falcons captured their third straight Class 4A state title and 12th overall with Shaklee in the middle of it all, totaling 23 goals and 22 assists for a school-record 45 points. With the stellar senior season, Shaklee, a three-year starter at center forward, also became the program's all-time career scoring leader with 46 goals and 33 assists for 79 points. She had the ability to dodge past defenders in tight quarters to get off shots, could score in front on redirections and rebounds, and had the awareness to push a pass across to an open teammate. "Erin knows where the goal is," said Severna Park coach Lil Shelton. "A lot of players see a shot going on goal and stand there and watch. She doesn't; she pursues it. She does fantastic things with the ball." In leading the county in scoring for a second straight season, Shaklee, a Team Maryland and Futures veteran, finished with five multiple-goal games.

Coach of the Year

Patti Lavell, St. Mary's: A 10-win season and semifinal run in the powerful Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland was impressive. The 13-game unbeaten streak (9-0-4) in the middle of the season was nice, too. And who could forget that huge, 2-1 upset over Severna Park that Friday night in October. But ask Lavell what made this season special for her and the Saints (10-4-4) and she'll stay away from all the numbers. "This team has been together for a long time and we really wanted to do it together. There's a lot of good friends, team spirit and a family environment," she said. After two losses to start the season, the Saints, with 16 seniors, went 10-1-4 before falling to St. Paul's, 2-0, in the league semifinal. Lavell, in her sixth season, was able to get the most out of her veteran group by relying on team unity, always playing hard and enjoying the ride.

First team

Meg Atkinson, Broadneck, Sr., MF: Bringing a strong passion for the game every time out, Atkinson used her excellent stick skills and speed to move the ball quickly through the midfield. A three-year varsity player and team captain, she finished with eight goals and seven assists, but was in on many other goals as the starting point of the Bruins' attack.

Nicki Barnes, Severna Park, Jr., F: With exceptional speed and the stick skills to match, Barnes brought plenty of razzle-dazzle to the left-wing position. She finished the season with 21 goals and 12 assists, saving her best for the latter part of the season. Fast around the corner, she was consistently able to send crosses into the circle or score on her own. Barnes also played a vital role on the state-champion Falcons' penalty corners as the first passer.

Lynsey Bateman, Severna Park, Jr., MF: The Falcons' dangerous attack couldn't get started without a dominating presence at midfield. That's what Bateman provided in her first season starting at center midfield. She finished the season with five goals and seven assists, but just as important was her ablility to win balls in the middle of the field and then distribute them effectively. Bateman was awarded the state-championship game ball after the Falcons' 2-1 win over Whitman.

Kelli Bowerman, Severna Park, So., D: If there was a question going into the season of whether the Falcons would be able to defend their Class 4A state crown, it would have come on defense, where they lost three starters. Enter Bowerman. The center back showed the poise of a veteran in her first season of varsity play, becoming the glue of the unit with good anticipation, a strong drive and effective passes from the back. She finished the season with one goal and five assists.

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