All-Baltimore City/County girls lacrosse teams

High Schools

May 31, 2001

Player of the Year

Kelsey Twist, Roland Park: On attack, defense or in transition, Twist provided whatever the No. 4-ranked Reds needed. Her combination of all-around skill, game sense and physical presence were unmatched. An All-Metro pick last season and a veteran of the 1999 world champion U.S. under-19 women's lacrosse team, Twist led the Reds to a 17-2 record and into the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference final. Although more a defensive-minded player, she contributed 30 goals and 20 assists. At center, she led the Reds in ground balls (101) and draw controls (41). Twist's height (5 feet 10) and her quick stick often enabled her to get the ball back by checking it away or pressuring an opponent into a turnover. Twist's solid game, unflappable confidence and all-for-one leadership style proved critical to a stellar season for a young team. "She's definitely a player-coach out there on the field," said Reds coach Tara Kramer. Twist was also first-team All-Metro in field hockey and on the second team in basketball. She signed early to play lacrosse next season at Stanford.

Coach of the Year

Mary Bartel, Notre Dame Prep: In her 20th year at NDP, Bartel orchestrated one of the most stunning turnaround seasons in local girls lacrosse history. By midseason the Blazers were fading fast at 2-7. Their fifth loss was a crushing 20-7 loss against No. 1 Mount Hebron. After that, Bartel "had a long chat with the kids and told them they had a decision to make. They could believe everything they saw on the field that day or they could believe what we've been telling them -- that they were capable of far, far better." The Blazers believed what they were told. They lost two more games, 9-6 to Roland Park and 12-11 to Bryn Mawr, but then finished the season with eight straight wins. In the IAAM tournament, they upset unbeaten and then-No. 2 Maryvale and topped then-No. 3 Roland Park for their second championship in three years. "It's a real tribute to the athletes that they are that they kept going," Bartel said. "As a coach, that's exactly what you want to happen -- they're better at the end of the season than they are at the beginning."

First team

Gina Allen, Hereford: The best defender in the Baltimore County public school league, Allen led the No. 12 Bulls (16-2) to their first state lacrosse crown. A stellar performance in the Class 2A-1A final capped a terrific season for the North Carolina-bound defense wing. With her combination of quickness, stick skills, positioning and timing, Allen proved difficult to slip past. She also had eight goals and seven assists.

Elaine Belitsos, St. Paul's: The Harvard-bound senior proved a consistent presence and a strong finisher for the No. 14 Gators (11-6). Known for snatching awkward passes and turning them into goals or transition threats, Belitsos led the Gators in scoring with 31 goals and six assists. She had a knack for being in the right place at the right time and showed a keen eye for the cutters, often providing the pass that led to an assist.

Cary Chasney, Notre Dame Prep: A repeat first-teamer, Chasney came on strong late in the season to lead the Blazers to the IAAM A Conference championship. The attack wing scored 12 goals in four tournament games and contributed two goals and three assists in the 10-8 title game victory over No. 4 Roland Park. An exceptional athlete with good speed and field vision, Chasney finished the season with 39 goals and 23 assists. She will play next year at the University of Virginia.

Katie Chrest, Maryvale: An explosive center with superb attack skills, the junior led the No. 3 Lions to a 15-1 record. She had no trouble fitting in after transferring from Mercy, where she was a second-team pick last season. Chrest was all over the field, making big plays on attack, defense and in transition. She led the Lions with 61 goals and also had 15 assists, but her hustle, field sense and decision-making ability made her leadership as valuable as her scoring ability.

Allison Higgins, Roland Park: A first-team pick last season, Higgins always seemed to come up big in the critical games. Scoring in all but one game, she led the Reds with 44 goals and 13 assists. She piled up 10 points during tournament week and scored twice in the title-game loss to NDP. The senior attack wing also proved valuable on transition, generating much offense out of the midfield and creating opportunities for her teammates. Next year, she will play at North Carolina.

Megan Huether, Maryvale: A second-team pick last year, the junior goalie provided a two-for-one deal. A solid stopper, Huether posted a .681 save percentage and allowed just 4.3 goals a game. But her greatest strength may be her aggressive play out of the crease. Like an extra-field player, Huether often left the crease to challenge for interceptions and ground balls. She had a knack for directing the defensive slides, knowing that she could pick up a loose player.

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