2000 All-Howard County girls lacrosse teams

High Schools

June 01, 2000|By RICK BELZ AND STAN RAPPAPORT

Player of the Year

Lauren Kickham, Mount Hebron: Kickham "combines everything you would want in a player," said Mount Hebron coach Chris Robinson. "She has great skills, great in-season and out of season work habits. She not only leads by example on the field with her actions, but she's a true leader by being able to communicate with the rest of the team." A two-time All-American, Kickham led the top-ranked Vikings (19-0) in goals (67) and was second in assists (29), ground balls (116) and total points (96). And she did this wearing a brace on her left knee for much of the season after spraining her anterior cruciate ligament. The Duke University-bound Kickham had a team-high five goals in the Vikings' 16-4 victory over Glenelg for the Class 3A-2A-1A state championship. In the season opener against St. Mary's, Mount Hebron trailed 6-5 before Kickham scored three straight goals to lead her team to a 10-8 victory. A four-time all-county player and repeat selection as Howard County Player of the Year, Kickham owns the school career record for ground balls (451) and is second all-time with 194 goals. She also has the single-season ground ball record (141) and the single-game ground ball mark (15). Kickham was a four-year starter, and Mount Hebron won four state titles and was 71-5 with her in the lineup. The Vikings are currently on a 50-game win streak. Kickham's skills and size (5-11) made her very difficult to stop, but she was a very unselfish player. "She is a player who made everyone else around her better," said Robinson. "Every year her scoring statistics improved. She improved each year as a player and each year she was in the lineup our team improved."

Coach of the Year

Ginger Kincaid, Glenelg: "I've never had a season where we did everything possible that we could have done. Every goal we set out at the beginning of the year we accomplished," said Kincaid, whose team finished second in the county (8-1) and advanced to the Class 3A-2A-1A state title game. Kincaid was proud that her team "didn't back down" to Mount Hebron in the championship game, and also to finish second to the Vikings in the county. "Finishing second in the county is always important to us. I don't know what more we could have done," said Kincaid, whose team finished 17-3 overall, with two losses to No. 1 Mount Hebron and the other to No. 2 Bryn Mawr. Kincaid said she wanted to developed a balanced attack this season and players that see the entire field. This is the second coaching award Kincaid has earned this school year. She was named the Sun's Howard County Coach of the Year in field hockey. "It's been an exceptionally good year," Kincaid said. "I really like the fact that I do two sports. I don't think I could ever give up one."

The first team

Lindsay Dutch, Mount Hebron: "I usually like to not throw freshmen into the fire, but she was so outstanding in practice that we couldn't keep her out of the starting lineup," said Mount Hebron coach Chris Robinson. Dutch moved into the starting lineup the second game of the season, and replaced Lauren Kickham taking the draws. "She has lightning-quick hands," Robinson said. Dutch led the team in ground balls (119) and added 31 goals (most ever by a freshman) and six assists. "She is just relentless," Robinson said. "Any ground ball in her area she will get."

Erin Edell, Glenelg: "She's grown up with a lacrosse stick in her hand and seems such a natural at it," said Glenelg coach Ginger Kincaid. "She really loves to play, and just does it all when she's out there." A repeat first-team all-county selection, Edell led the team with 76 ground balls and added 31 goals and eight assists. Edell is a "very complete player," said Kincaid, that can play offense and defense equally as well. "She's just a tremendous player," Kincaid said. "She's fast, has good stick work and she anticipates passes before they happen. She sees the the game better than anybody I have."

Kai Freeman, Long Reach: Freeman's speed, stick skills and tenacity made her one of the best. She led fourth-year Long Reach to its best record (6-9 overall) with a team high 48 goals and added 12 assists. "Her stick skills are among the best in the county," said Long Reach coach Denise Furtaw. "She has great field sense and is very much a team player." A captain, Freeman "matured as a player both on and off the field," this season, according to Furtaw. Freeman will attend Penn State and plans to continue playing.

Amy Hafets, Hammond: A repeat first-team selection, Hafets showed again that skill and desire can take a player a long way. "Amy is a smart player who gets good position and has very hard checks," said Hamond coach Emily Walker. "She also is versatile. She played d-wing, point, coverpoint and center for us." A captain, the Bucknell-bound Hafets had 80 ground balls, seven blocks and five interceptions. "She works very hard and is a tremendous leader on and off the field," Walker said.

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