All-Carroll County Field Hockey Teams

November 30, 1999

Player of the Year

Lisa Cavanaugh, Westminster, senior, defense: This two-time All-County selection emerged as a player to be reckoned with. The team co-captain and leader of the defensive corps served as a catalyst for the Owls' attack by frequently intercepting opponents' passes at the midfield and finding an open teammate in the gaps. And if no one could accept the pass, Cavanaugh would carry the ball into the offensive zone herself. Cavanaugh said she has tried to incorporate an attacking style with her defensive work. "I don't wait for the offense to come to me," she said. "I think my playing forward cuts down on opportunities for other teams." Her two goals and an assist might appear unusual for a person in her position, but Westminster coach Brenda Baker said Cavanaugh sparked the Owls' run to the Class 4A state semifinals. "Her defensive skills, her tackling ability, her interception ability are all college-level skills," Baker said. "She's perfected her game." Cavanaugh, who was recognized as an all-state honorable mention pick, is leaning toward studying historical preservation at Mary Washington College.

Coach of the Year

Brenda Baker, Westminster: Last year was one to forget. The Owls dropped their first game to a county opponent in four years, but the biggest pill to swallow was a loss in a Class 4A South Region semifinal that ended a string of nine straight state tournament appearances. And when Westminster began this season with a loss and a tie, things didn't look good. Surprisingly, Baker didn't change anything, and the team won 11 of its next 12 games before losing in penalty strokes to Whitman on Nov. 10. Despite fielding a 22-member squad with eight seniors, Baker never used the word rebuilding. "We had a lot of youth, but the kids were such hard workers that I always felt like they were perfecting their skills," she said. "We weren't ready for the season to end."

The first team

Kirsten Anderson, South Carroll, senior, forward: The Cavaliers co-captain was the driving force on the team's attack. The three-year varsity starter finished the season with six goals and four assists. Anderson's penchant for drawing fouls was matched by her sheer determination to carry the ball through opposing defenses. "She was a one-person offense," South Carroll coach Erin Soulen said of Anderson.

Becky Arnold, Francis Scott Key, senior, goalkeeper: The three-year varsity starter and team co-captain followed up last season's All-County showing with a repeat performance. Arnold made 72 saves and gave up an average of a goal a game. Eagles coach Alison Weiss said Arnold was the reason why the team had a 10-4-1 record and made it to the regional finals this year.

Devan Bosley, North Carroll, senior, goalkeeper: keeper: Playing a supporting role in last season's run to the state semifinal, Bosley made a name for herself as the stingiest goalie in the metropolitan area. The three-year varsity starter allowed five goals in 15 games and registered 68 saves. Panthers coach Denean Koontz called Bosley "the anchor of the defense."

Lydia Eppig, Westminster, sophomore, forward: Few 10th-graders make the All-County list, but Eppig distinguished herself as a scoring threat in her first year on the varsity squad. She recorded five goals and four assists, and her goal 1: 45 into the first half against C. Milton Wright propelled the Owls into the state semifinals.

Sarah Guynn, Francis Scott Key, junior, midfielder: Guynn didn't let the action come to her; she went after the action. Guynn registered two goals and six assists, thanks to an aggressive style that included pushing the ball forward into the attack zone. Her return next year will make Weiss very happy.

Jackie Kram, Francis Scott Key, senior, forward: As the county leader in goals, Kram knew how to get the job done. She finished the season with 15 goals and five assists, and she might have finished with more if she wasn't such a good passer. Kram is considering continuing her field hockey career at Gettysburg.

Misty MacMillan, North Carroll, senior, forward: In her second year on the varsity squad, MacMillan showed why she deserved to be marked by opposing defenses. Her 10 goals and three assists made her the county's second-leading scorer. Koontz said MacMillan was "always the first one to the ball."

Lauren Magee, Westminster, senior, defense: fense: The Owls co-captain proved her worth as being one of the most versatile players on the field. She started as a midfielder, but was moved to the defense when injuries cut into the Westminster roster. Her presence in the backfield allowed Cavanaugh to rush into the attack zone.

Kim Mathias, Francis Scott Key, senior, midfielder: The co-captain and three-year varsity starter balanced a light scoring touch with deft passing ability. Mathias scored three goals and assisted on seven others. The two-time All-County pick was chosen as a second-team all-state member.

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