2001 All-Howard County girls lacrosse teams

High Schools

May 31, 2001

Player of the Year

Stephanie Scurachio, Mount Hebron: "She's always been an explosive scorer, but this year she made herself a complete player," said Mount Hebron coach Chris Robinson about his standout midfielder. Scurachio was a "major distraction in the middle of the field," according to Robinson, for opponents because of her aggressive and smart play. She led the top-ranked Vikings with 32 take-aways and had a third-best 61 ground balls. "She's always been very fast and powerful, but this year she used that speed and strength all the time," Robinson said. Scurachio led the Vikings with 67 goals and added 29 assists. She had five goals in a 9-9 tie against Bryn Mawr. "Whenever we were in a pinch or needed a goal, she was the one that stepped up and took control," Robinson said.

Coach of the Year

Chris Robinson, Mount Hebron: In his sixth season as coach, Robinson directed the Vikings to their 13th county title in 14 years, 14th regional title and ninth state championship in 10 years. "This year was a lot more fun than some of the others because the players were really interested in doing well as a team," said Robinson, whose squad finished No. 1 in The Sun's poll for a third straight year. "We had a lot of unproven players filling in spots and the challenge of getting potential out of the young players was a stimulating experience." Robinson, who earned this award as well as All-Metro Coach of the Year two seasons ago, is 52-0 against county teams and 109-8-1 overall. His 1999 and 2000 teams were unbeaten, and the Vikings had a 63-game unbeaten streak before losing, 10-9, to St. Stephen's/St. Agnes in the last game of regular season. Robinson also served this season as Mount Hebron's athletic director, and he said he "delegated a tremendous amount" to assistant coaches Scott Robinson and Brooke Kuhl. "They did a great job," Chris Robinson said.

First team

Erin Edell, Glenelg: A four-year starter who played defense for three seasons before moving this year to midfield, the University of Delaware-bound Edell finished the season with 35 goals and 18 assists. Always around the action, Edell, who was named Glenelg's Girl Athlete of the Year, had 73 ground balls, second on the team. A three-time first-team All-County selection, Edell displayed excellent stickwork, composure and leadership on the field. During her three-sport career (soccer, basketball, lacrosse) at Glenelg, Edell played in seven state tournaments, including three each in her junior and senior years.

Lindsay Dutch, Mount Hebron: A sophomore center-midfielder, Dutch was the catalyst for the Vikings' transition attack. Dutch's quickness helped her dominate the draw, and her toughness and aggressiveness made her hard to stop. "She's kind of fearless out there," said Robinson. Dutch had 67 ground balls, 40 goals and 12 assists. Dutch, a repeat first-team selection, also had 19 take-aways.

Liz Frande, Mount Hebron: "She's the best defender in the area," said Robinson. ".. No one gets around her one vs. one." A junior, Frande played attack before switching to defense midway through last season. She plays an aggressive, physical style of defense, and had many successful games stopping the opponent's top scorer.

Lindsey Greer, Hammond: Another first-team selection headed to the University of Delaware, Greer led the Golden Bears in ground balls (152), draw control (33), interceptions (14) and blocks (29). She also added nine goals and five assists. "She is the heart of our team," said Hammond coach Emily Petrlik. A first-team All-County defender in field hockey, Greer used her speed, aggressiveness and desire to always play her best to become one of the county's top midfielders.

Lindsay Lewis, Glenelg: A junior midfielder and three-year starter, Lewis keeps getting better. She tied for the team high in goals (43) and added 20 assists. Lewis, a first-team All-County selection in soccer, had 60 ground balls. She worked hard to improve her stickwork this season and it paid off. Lewis has 114 career goals, third best in school history.

Melissa McCarthy, Mount Hebron: A repeat first-team selection, the left-handed junior midfielder was third on the team in goals (54) and added 18 assists. But that's just one facet of this multitalented player. McCarthy's aggressiveness and tireless play led to 67 ground balls. McCarthy had a team-high four goals in the Vikings' 19-6 victory over South River in the Class 3A-2A state championship.

Cindy Nicolaus, Mount Hebron: A junior goalie, Nicolaus gained confidence throughout the season and became of the area's best. "She's always been a great practice goalie," said Robinson. "And this year she gained confidence and that transferred into the games." Nicolaus, who finished with 56 saves, improved her clears as the season went on.

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