1999 All-Baltimore City/County Field Hockey Teams

High schools

November 30, 1999

Player of the Year

Jen Ahn, Bryn Mawr, senior, forward: The key player on the No. 1 team, Ahn excelled in all facets of the game. She moved from midfield to forward this season and led the Mawrtians (23-1) to the first Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Division championship. Although she scored 10 goals and had five assists, her ability to control the ball, maneuver through traffic and find the open spaces proved more vital to the Mawrtians' success. Her excellent field vision, anticipation and passing skills allowed her to set up many scoring opportunities with the pass that, a pass or two later, led to a shot. The ultimate team player yet a standout on a team bursting with talent, Ahn also could take over the attack when she needed to. She scored both goals, including one on a penalty stroke, in a 2-0 IAAM semifinal win over Roland Park to avenge the Mawrtians' only loss of the season. "She has been a steady, consistent force throughout the season," said Bryn Mawr coach Jeanette Budzik. "You knew she was going to produce or make a contribution in every game; she was going to have a major impact." In the season's first week, she earned co-MVP honors as the Mawrtians won the River Hill Tournament. Ahn, the only non-senior on last year's All-Metro first team, is a two-time All-State first-teamer. She is playing this week for Team Maryland at the U.S. Field Hockey Association's annual National Festival in Palm Beach, Fla. An A student and a Maryland Distinguished Scholar finalist, Ahn plans to play Division I field hockey next year.

Coach of the Year

Jeanette Budzik, Bryn Mawr: Budzik faced a challenge this season that most coaches would love -- keeping the area's most talented team primed to live up to its potential. That's not as easy as it may sound. The pressure of being a preseason No. 1 combined with power struggles that can break out among top-notch players have tripped many talented teams -- but not Budzik's. She helped the Mawrtians face the pressure and retain a team-oriented approach. There were no power struggles. "Every athlete needs to feel valuable, whether they're a starter or a sub," said Budzik. "I try to instill in them that if any team is to be successful at all, it has to be a total effort from everyone. The starters wouldn't be as good as they are without everyone contributing." Even when the Mawrtians were upset 1-0 by Roland Park, they didn't let the slip ruin their season. The Mawrtians won their last seven games, beat Roland Park in the semifinal and capped off the season with the IAAM A Division title in a 2-1 victory over No. 3 St. Paul's. The Mawrtians (23-1) finished right where they started -- No. 1. "It was such a good feeling to know that they could be on top, have that stumble, and be able to go back and refocus and finish it off like you knew they could -- and like everyone knew they could," said Budzik, whose career record improved to 141-29-40 in 15 seasons with the Mawrtians. In the last four years, she has guided Bryn Mawr to the private-school league's title game three times with two outright crowns and one shared.

The first team

Molly Ahearn, St. Paul's, sophomore, defense: A determined, aggressive center back, Ahearn bolstered a rebuilding defense as the Gators (12-3-1) reached the IAAM championship and finished with the No. 3 ranking. She led a unit that allowed just 11 goals and finished with eight shutouts. Fearless and persistent, Ahearn used speed and stickwork to win balls one-on-one, and she could dominate in the circle. She also made three saves.

Sarah Barrett, Garrison Forest, senior, defense: Barrett anchored a defense that allowed just eight goals in 19 games. A steady back for the No. 6 Grizzlies (10-4-5), she excelled at making the tackle in the open field. Her ability to move the ball and dodge opponents made her a transition catalyst. With the ball, she rarely failed to deliver it to the attack. Barrett was named first-team All-State.

Elaine Belitsos, St. Paul's, junior, forward: Belitsos moved from link to the line this year and enjoyed a breakout season. Quick to the ball with good stick skills, she used her explosive speed to score many of her 10 goals. However, she often looked to distribute, contributing six assists and providing a strong one-two punch with teammate Jenny Landsman. A second-team All-State selection, Belitsos is a member of Team Maryland.

Erin Coberth, Catonsville, senior, midfield: Baltimore County's top player, Coberth controlled the midfield for the county champion and No. 11 Comets (14-2). Her combination of stickwork, agility and field vision made her a top-notch distributor and the catalyst on transition. Coberth, who rebounded from a torn anterior-cruciate ligament at the end of last season, scored three times and has two assists. She is honorable-mention All-State.

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