2000 All-Carroll County girls lacrosse teams

June 01, 2000|By Edward Lee and Rich Scherr

Girls Player of the Year

Jessica Roguski, Liberty: Roguski was the driving force behind Liberty's run to the Class 4A-3A state title game, scoring 57 goals to go along with 22 assists and a school-record 133 draw controls. The 5-foot-10 senior controlled 64 percent of the ground balls she reached and scored on 58 percent of her shots. The U.S. Lacrosse High School All-American, who will continue her career at Vanderbilt, ends her prep career as Liberty's all-time leader in goals (184) and points (256). Her coach, Courtney Vaughn, said the senior worked just as hard in practice as she did in games, and called her and classmate Michelle Allen "the best leaders I've had in my 14 years of coaching." Vaughn said the four-year starter will be sorely missed next season, not only because of her statistics, but because of her presence on the field and the intangibles she brought to the team.

Coach of the Year

Courtney Vaughn, Liberty: In a county that offered her team little in the way of competition, Vaughn still was able to pull the very best out of her players, leading the Lions to the Class 4A-3A final, where they dropped a three-overtime heartbreaker to Severna Park. Following the philosophy that practices should be much harder than games, Vaughn put her team through the paces in some of the most intense and productive practice sessions around. For two hours each day, players were subjected to one-on-ones, four-on fours, seven-on-sevens, a barrage of fundamental drills and wind sprints numbering in the dozens. The results, however, made all the hard work worthwhile. Her team entered the season with one of its younger defenses in recent years, yet by season's end had managed to hold opponents to an average of just five goals a game. Meanwhile, its offense was one of the most productive in the area, averaging more than 17 goals a game. In her 13 years at the helm, after coaching her rookie season at Owings Mills, she's led the Lions to a 154-43 record and 10 Carroll County titles. She calls this her "best team, hands down."

The team

Michelle Allen, Liberty: The Cornell-bound senior played a lead role in Liberty's high-powered offense, ringing up 54 goals and a team-leading 45 assists, 88 ground balls and 17 interceptions. She converted 53 percent of her shots, including nine of 12 free positions, and ends her high school career as the Lions' all-time leader in assists, standing second in points behind Roguski. She is a U.S. Lacrosse High School All-American.

Laura Sue Cavey, Liberty: Switching from a wooden stick to plastic helped the junior raise her game to new heights. A natural left-hander, Cavey showed marked improvement with both hands, as well as better overall stick skills. The fastest player on Liberty's team, she racked up 38 ground balls and 13 interceptions, and rose to become the defensive stopper.

Kim Hastings, Liberty: Though she wasn't challenged much, the sophomore goalie always showed she was up to the task. She allowed just 85 goals in 18 games, saving 59 percent of the shots against her and shutting out Francis Scott Key, Westminster and Frederick while she was in the game against each. The Mid-Atlantic Third-Team pick had 121 saves, 28 ground balls and 10 interceptions.

Lacey Hentz, North Carroll: Playing defensive third man, the junior led the county with 74 goals to go along with 13 assists. Using her impeccable stick skills and immense field sense, Hentz at times single-handedly changed the momentum of games. A Mid-Atlantic team pick, she scored nine goals against Francis Scott Key and seven against North Hagerstown.

Jenny Kasper, South Carroll: The sophomore made a big impact for the Cavaliers all over the field this season. Though she mainly played on the defensive end, she had 14 goals and six assists, and used her 5-foot-8 frame to win the majority of draws. Very quick and aggressive, she's expected to only improve in the coming seasons.

Cara McConville, Liberty: The unsung hero of Liberty's defense, McConville recovered from an early-season illness to help the Lions hold opponents to an average of five goals a game. The senior had 28 ground balls and seven interceptions, excelling around the crease by taking advantage of her long reach as well as what Vaughn called "the best footwork on the team."

Leah Onda, South Carroll: A dominating presence on the attack, Onda came up big for the Cavaliers all season, scoring 57 goals to go along with 19 assists. This is the third All-County selection for the junior in three years. Her play was a big factor as South Carroll reached the .500 mark this season.

Jill Pyzik, North Carroll: The attack wing had 50 goals and 22 assists for the Panthers, helping them to a second-place county finish. She scored three or more in 11 of 14 games, including a six-goal, four-assist effort vs. North Hagerstown. A Wagner-signee, Pyzik does some of her best work off the ball.

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