2001 All-Carroll County girls lacrosse teams

High Schools

May 31, 2001

Player of the Year

Becky Trumbo, Liberty: A repeat first-team attacker, Trumbo led the No. 8-ranked Lions in nearly every offensive category. She had 100 points -- 68 goals and 32 assists. She also shot 54 percent. Her biggest burst came with seven goals in a win over South Carroll that gave the Lions sole possession of first place in Carroll County, a position they would never relinquish. Trumbo also scored five goals on several occasions including the 17-10 regional final loss to No. 1 Mount Hebron. "She's just a true competitor," Lions coach Courtney Vaughn said. "She wants the ball with the game on the line with five seconds left." Trumbo also led the team in draw controls with 70, a third of the Lions' season total. Her defensive skills improved and she contributed to almost every facet of the Lions' game. "She sees the field extremely well," said Vaughn, "and she's not afraid to do the little things. If the ball's on the ground, she'll pick it up and put it in the net. She's not afraid to go after it."

Coach of the Year

Courtney Vaughn, Liberty: Last year's All-Metro Coach of the Year guided a much younger team than a year ago, but she and the Lions didn't skip a beat. They went 8-0 in Carroll County and won the county title -- the 11th in Vaughn's 14 years. They finished 14-3 after running into No. 1 Mount Hebron in the Class 3A-2A North Regional final and falling, 17-10. The greatest challenge for Vaughn was to develop new leadership for her team. "These kids didn't have anybody to look up to as they did in the past," Vaughn said. The Lions took awhile to mesh as a team, but once they did, they emerged as an unselfish group. They had as many assists as their opponents had goals. "It was nice to see them come together, because we had a lot of individuals at the beginning of the season," said Vaughn, whose record at Liberty stands at 167-46.

First team

Linda Ackermann, Liberty: The versatile senior started the season on attack, but moved back to provide more stability to the Lions' defense. Her stick skills and speed proved critical in transition where she could force a turnover and bring the ball out. A second-team selection last year, Ackermann had 46 ground balls and five interceptions, and scored nine goals with four assists. She will play next year at Salisbury State.

Laura Sue Cavey, Liberty: A repeat first-teamer, Cavey always drew tough defensive assignments. The senior defense wing couldn't be intimidated and was never afraid to challenge. The fastest player on the team and a natural left-hander, she had 54 ground balls and five interceptions and contributed five goals and nine assists. Cavey will play soccer this fall at Western Maryland.

Kristen Gombeski, Westminster: A transition spark for the Owls, the senior combined strong attack instincts with solid defensive skills to excel at center. Her speed gave the Owls a lot of options when she brought the ball out of the defensive end. Consistent and unselfish, Gombeski was second on the team in scoring, contributing 30 goals and 10 assists. Second-team All-County last season, Gombeski will play next year at Ohio University.

Jenny Kasper, South Carroll: An attack-minded center, Kasper is a repeat first-teamer. Often using her speed to strike in transition, the junior contributed 30 goals and 16 assists for the Cavaliers (10-4), who finished second in Carroll County. An unselfish player who placed her team's success above her own stats, Kasper also put her solid stick skills to use on the defensive end.

Erin LaMotte, North Carroll: The junior second home displayed terrific passing skills, looking to feed her opponents as often as score. She finished second for the Panthers (8-6) in scoring with 24 goals and 14 assists. Patient and able to settle the attack, LaMotte often gave up her own shot to feed a teammate. A second-team selection last season, she will play at Mount St. Mary's.

Caitlin Link, Westminster: The senior, who split time at attack wing and third home, emerged as the Owls' top offensive threat. She led the team in points (42), goals (31) and assists (11). A strong feeder, Link also showed off excellent one-on-one skills both in her ability to beat defenders and to bury her shots. A second-teamer last season, Link will join Gombeski at Ohio University.

Leah Onda, South Carroll: The Cavaliers' leading scorer for four years is the only player on this year's team to be selected four times to the All-County first team. Onda excelled as a finisher, combining an accurate shot with an aggressive style. She led the Cavaliers with 67 goals and 20 assists, bringing her four-year totals to 207 goals and 60 assists. Onda will move on to Johns Hopkins.

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