All-Metro girls lacrosse team

June 05, 2000|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Player of the Year

Lauren Kickham,

Mount Hebron

The two-time Howard County Player of the Year, Kickham led the Vikings to a second straight perfect season. Capped off by county and state titles, the Vikings stayed No. 1 all season and finished 19-0.

She was the center of all of the Vikings' accomplishments. A highly-skilled and physically strong player, she could do it all. She not only led by her impressive statistics, but her work ethic and leadership skills were equally notable.

With her in the lineup, the Vikings won four straight state and county titles and went 71-5. Their state final victory over No. 13 Glenelg was their 50th straight win.

Twice a regional All-American, Kickham led the Vikings in goals (67) and was second in assists (29), total points (96) and ground balls (116). And she did this while wearing a brace on her left knee much of the season after spraining her anterior cruciate ligament.

Kickham's skills and size (5 feet 11) made her difficult to stop, but she remained an unselfish player. "She combines everything you would want in a player," said Vikings coach Chris Robinson. "She ... made everyone else around her better. She improved each year ... and each year she was in the lineup, our team improved."

The Duke-bound Kickham scored a team-high five goals in the Vikings' 16-4 victory over Glenelg in the Class 3A-2A-1A state final.

A four-time All-Howard County player, 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).

Michelle Allen,

Liberty

Until this year, Allen had been known primarily as a soccer player, but she chose to focus on lacrosse last summer and enjoyed a breakout season this spring.

Allen assumed a lead role in Liberty's high-powered offense, ringing up 54 goals as well as a team-leading 45 assists. She converted 53 percent of her shots, including nine of 12 free positions. Allen leaves as the Lions' all-time leader in assists and is second in points.

A second-team All-Metro pick last year, Allen scored two goals and had an assist for the No. 6 Lions in their first trip to the state Class 4A-3A title game, a 5-4 triple-overtime loss to Severna Park.

Bound for Cornell, Allen was chosen a first-team Mid-Atlantic regional All-American.

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 pases, deceive goalies and score seemingly with ease.

In the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference final, Goodell scored the first two goals to start the No. 2 Mawrtians (20-1) rolling to a 13-6 victory over No. 4 Roland Park.

Goodell, who is headed for Brown, found the net 50 times this season and also contributed 15 assists. Her long reach also came in handy on the draw and she controlled 40 of them.

A member of last fall's U.S. World Championship Under-19 team, Goodell was chosen a first-team Mid-Atlantic regional All-American.

Acacia Walker,

Annapolis

Crafty and highly-skilled, this repeat first-team selection often controlled the the game with her multi-talented play in the midfield.

It started with her dominating efforts on draws and continued with her creativity in transition. Distributing was her specialty, but Walker also had one of the area's hardest and most accurate shots. The junior finished the season with 40 goals and 44 assists.

Among her season highlights were the game-winner in the first meeting with Severna Park and a dominating midfield performance to rally the Panthers to a 9-9 season-opening tie at Roland Park.

A veteran of the U.S. World Championship Under-19 team, Walker was a first-team Chesapeake regional All-American.

Kelsey Twist,

Roland Park

After playing with the world champion U.S. Under-19 team last summer, Twist emerged as an overwhelming midfield presence.

Defensively-minded, Twist was always relentlessly determined to get the ball back. She hounded opponents and if she missed the first check, she was often able to come from behind to force the turnover.

The central cog in transition for the IAAM A Conference runners-up and No. 4 Reds (12-2-2), the junior scarfed up 76 ground balls.

This season, Twist also became a more solid attack player. She led the Reds in total points with 34 goals and 13 assists.

Also an All-Metro field hockey player, Twist was named a first-team Mid-Atlantic regional All-American.

Kelly Coppedge,

St. Mary's

A second-team All-Metro selection last year, Coppedge provided much of the leadership for the No. 8 Saints, who played one of the area's toughest schedules and finished 11-5.

The midfielder played both ends of the field with the same intensity. A key to the Saints' transition game, she scored most of her 31 goals on the run. With her speed, strength and strong stick skills, she was tough to stop in transition.

One of her biggest games came in the 9-8 upset of Severna Park in which she scored three goals.

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