2000 All-Baltimore City/County girls lacrosse teams

June 01, 2000|By LEM SATTERFIELD AND KATHERINE DUNN

Player of the Year

Theresa Sherry, Bryn Mawr: On a team loaded with blue-chippers, Sherry managed to stand out. Her versatility was a key factor in the No. 2 Mawrtians' unbeaten run through the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference and their final 20-1 record. An All-Metro defender last year, Sherry demonstrated the finely tuned skills and field sense to excel in all facets, yet she remained a true team player. She could have played any position and although she played line defense, she had the run of the field. Defensive-minded with a knack for anticipating the opposition's every move, Sherry could stop a player one-on-one or foil a fast break. In the midfield, she often set the Mawrtians' transition game in motion with 72 ground balls and 10 takeaways. She could also run the offense, contributing 18 goals and seven assists. In the 13-6 IAAM A Conference final victory over No. 4 Roland Park, she scored twice. The IAAM title wrapped up a banner year for Sherry, who was named Player of the Match after leading the U.S. team to the Under-19 Women's Lacrosse World Championship over host Australia in September. Sherry will play soccer and lacrosse next year at Princeton.

Coach of the Year

Mary Gagnon, Mount de Sales: In her fifth year at the helm of the Sailors' program, Gagnon boosted a young team into contention in almost every game in the tough IAAM A Conference. The Sailors went from 15-10 a year ago to 17-4 with the final No. 10 ranking. "When the preseason [poll] came out and we weren't anywhere to be found, people didn't expect us to do well. The girls kind of knew it and used that as fuel until they started believing in themselves." Gagnon, who was Mary Hart when she played at Loyola, shared the credit for the Sailors' success with her assistant coaches - her twin sister Katie Mangione and Phil Buck. "We worked really hard the last four years to get some respect and after last season, the kids were really disappointed. ... They started coming together at the end and this year, they couldn't wait to get out on the field." The team

Jen Ahn, Bryn Mawr: At defense wing, Ahn excelled at denying her mark the ball. A smart player with uncanny ability to anticipate the attack's next move, she knew when to slide and when to stick. Ahn also proved tough to beat one-on-one, especially inside the eight-meter arc. She had nine takeaways, 42 ground balls and six blocks. Her ability to force turnovers also made her a key transition player. Ahn, the All-Metro field hockey player of the year last fall, plans to play hockey at Harvard.

Cary Chasney, Notre Dame Prep: While playing a variety of midfield positions, the junior showcased a versatile game. Her speed, game sense, tenacity and unselfishness made her a critical transition cog for the No. 9 Pirates (10-6). A first-team regional All-American, Chasney scored 40 goals and dished out 27 assists, but her body positioning and well-timed checks also made her a standout on defense.

Stephanie Curnoles, Parkville: All aspects of the Knights' game revolved around their vacuum of a center, who scooped up a phenomenal 176 ground balls this season. Curnoles made the greatest impact as a transition catalyst, but she was also a versatile player. A stellar defender, she also led the Knights (10-7) with 37 assists and had 36 goals. A first-team regional All-American, Curnoles has signed to play next year at Penn State.

Gail Decker, Mount de Sales: Decker has been the key player in the Sailors' emergence over the past two years. The first-team regional All-American led the No. 10 Sailors to a 17-4 season. One of the IAAM A Conference's top scorers, she rolled up 78 goals and 24 assists this season despite drawing two or three defenders almost every time she stepped into the arc. Decker has signed with James Madison.

Meredith Goodell, Bryn Mawr: At 6 feet tall, Goodell knew how to use her height and exploited it best on the crease. She could catch high passes and score seemingly with ease. Her long reach also came in handy on the draw, and she controlled 40 of them. In front of the goal, Goodell had a sixth sense for beating defenders. She found the net 50 times and also contributed 15 assists. Brown-bound, she was a first-team regional All-American.

Tara Hardiman, Bryn Mawr: A multitalented line attacker, Hardiman excelled as a finisher and as a feeder. Her quick, deceptive moves around the crease made her a strong one-on-one attacker. Hardiman also demonstrated remarkable vision, seeing the small openings and slipping passes through them. She finished second on the team in points (76), goals (55) and assists (21). A two-time first-team selection, Hardiman will play next year at Princeton.

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