2000 All-Anne Arundel County girls lacrosse teams

High Schools

June 01, 2000|By PAY O'MALLEY AND GLENN P. GRAHAM

Player of the Year

Rachel Shuck, Broadneck: With her defensive skills matching her impressive offensive production, the Bruins' leader and centerpiece at midfield had the ability to dominate a game at either end. Shuck, who will attend Loyola College on a lacrosse scholarship, scored 56 times this spring and assisted on 39 others goals to close out her stellar four-year career with 134 goals and 113 assists. The Bruins finished the season with a 14-3 mark and Shuck always made an impact, particularly in the close games. She had seven goals and two assists in a 12-11 win over Arundel; four goals and four assists to help the Bruins get past Southern, 14-13; and a three-goal, two assist effort in an 11-10 upset of St. Mary's. "Rachel will leave a big void as a quality person off the field and the player she was on the field," said Broadneck coach Karen Chesley. "She's the most aggressive and intense player to come through Broadneck in a long time. She's made her mark and has been a role model to our younger girls." Also a midfielder in soccer and a point guard in basketball, Shuck earned 13 varsity letters in her four years at Broadneck.

Coach of the Year

Carin Peterson, Severna Park: The Falcons' 12-year coach saw a special foundation that began with a senior group of five and, in the end, was able to enjoy the program's fifth state championship. "The seniors were terrific in every aspect - character-wise, playing-wise and student-wise - and I told them: `If you lead, the rest of the girls will follow,'" she said. The journey didn't end until a thrilling 5-4 win over Liberty that took three overtimes and produced the team's first state title since 1993. One of the season's defining moments came after Peterson called timeout in the second half of the county championship game against then two-time defending state champ Annapolis with her Falcons down 8-5. "At one point, I said: `Don't come off this field thinking could've, should've or would've, leave it all out there and you'll leave it happy,' " Peterson said. They responded with the game's last four goals for a 9-8 win and went on to defeat Annapolis a second time, 13-10, to send them to the state tournament.

The first team

Nicki Barnes, Severna Park: The usually balanced Severna Park attack was tilted some this spring with Barnes racking up 55 goals and 18 assists. Strong in transition, speed is one of Barnes' biggest assets. Endurance is another. When defenders are tired late in a game, Barnes is not. The three-year starter took on a much bigger role this season, scoring 39 more goals and dishing out 10 more assists than the year before.

Lindsey Biles, Severn: Goals kept coming and coming from Biles this spring for the Admirals. Quick and dangerous in close, the junior attack poured in a county-high 75 goals to nearly double last season's output of 41. And while her ability to finish was her top asset, Biles was also strong collecting ground balls and finding open teammates, finishing with 19 assists.

Brooke Dieringer, St. Mary's: With a game on the line, St. Mary's coach Erika Bristow wanted the ball with Dieringer, who produced under pressure time after time. The sophomore attacker closed out her second season on varsity with 24 goals and 20 assists, showing a knack to shoot it where the goalie wasn't or finding an open teammate. Consistency and meaningful goals were trademarks with Dieringer, who was named an IAAM A Conference All-Star.

Sarah Oliphant, Annapolis: The gifted attacker continued to pile up impressive numbers in her third outstanding varsity season. With a hard, accurate shot and a knack for finding open teammates, the junior finished the spring with 67 goals and 44 assists to lead the Panthers with 111 points. Fast and aggressive to the cage, Oliphant was equally dangerous with the Panthers in transition or in settled situations.

Jessica Beard, South River: The two-year starter used her speed and tenacity at both ends, supplying as much defense as offense from her midfield position. Smooth in transition with good placement on her shot, Beard finished the season with 39 goals and added 10 assists. She will play her college lacrosse at James Madison University in Virginia.

Jen Cielewich, Severna Park: More of a defensive midfielder in her previous two seasons of varsity, Cielewich went on the offensive this season finishing with 39 goals and 17 assists. Despite the improved numbers (last season she had seven goals and eight assists), the versatile senior still paid close attention to her defensive duties and also handled the majority of the draws. Cielewich will attend Boston University on a lacrosse scholarship.

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