2001 All-Baltimore City/Co. field hockey

High Schools

November 27, 2001|By Katherine Dunn

Player of the Year

Christina Restivo, Hereford: Without Restivo in the goal, the Bulls simply would not have their state Class 2A championship trophy. The senior goalie carried the No. 5 Bulls (12-3-3) through two playoff shootouts, including an upset of No. 1 Towson and made 13 saves to preserve at 1-1 tie with six-time defending champion Bethesda-Chevy Chase in the state final. A quick, athletic goalie who posted a 93 percent save rate and 14 shutouts, Restivo excelled in one-on-one situations. She did not allow a single goal against any of 13 penalty strokes she faced. "She's just been amazing," said Bulls coach Tammy Mundie. "She just fuels off pressure situations like that. She has become very settled and very focussed in her position." Restivo faced six strokes in regular-season games and seven in the playoffs -- three in the regional final win over Towson and four in the state semifinal against Centennial. Her aggressive style often had her all over the ground, doing anything she could to stop a goal. "She wants to be involved in the game. She doesn't want to sit back and wait," Mundie said. "She's on the ground a lot, forcing the issue to get into the game, but she's learned to recover and get up quickly." Involved in the United States Field Hockey Association's Olympic-development style Futures Program, Restivo played for Team Maryland at the National Hockey Festival in Palm Beach, Fla., last weekend.

Coach of the Year

Jeanette Budzik, Bryn Mawr: Even though the Mawrtians tied for the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship with St. Paul's, this ranks as one of the most precious titles of all for Budzik. By mid-October, no one really expected the Mawrtians to be around at the end. In a 12-day skid, Bryn Mawr went four straight games without scoring and went 0-2-3, including a loss and two ties against unranked teams. After that, Budzik changed the Mawrtians' system from four forwards to three and added that extra player to the back. They did not lose another game. "That gave us an extra defender and more mobility, more freedom to play on the forward line," Budzik said. "When you're trying to mold a young team, you don't know what's going to work and, sometimes, it takes a while." The Mawrtians won eight straight games before tying No. 4 St. Paul's, 0-0, in the final. The title continued a remarkable run for the Mawrtians, who have won five straight private school championships -- three outright and two shared. "They're all unique, but this year, knowing -- and the kids knowing -- they were going to have to work hard to rebuild, was special." said Budzik, the 1999 All-Metro Coach of the Year. This fall's 14-4-5 finish boosts her career record to 177-33-45 with six titles in 17 years at Bryn Mawr.

First team

Molly Ahearn, St. Paul's: The most dominating midfield presence in the area, the senior set the pace for the IAAM co-champions. She simply made things happen. Always attacking, the Futures veteran excelled at coming up with the ball and redistributing it in the midfield. Her game combined speed, stickwork, and great ball control with an intrinsic feel for the game. A first-team All-Metro pick and Team Maryland player in 2000, Ahearn signed early to play lacrosse at Georgetown, where she will also play field hockey.

Megan Burker, Bryn Mawr: A second-team All-City/County selection last year, the senior emerged as the central cog in a rebuilding team. Her leadership and versatility were keys behind the Mawrtians' recovery from a bumpy early season to become IAAM co-champions. Burker converted from sweeper to center midfielder this fall and controlled the transition game. She also contributed six goals and three assists. A Futures veteran and two-time Team Marylander, Burker signed early to play lacrosse at Stanford.

Erica Chan, Garrison Forest: The leading scorer for the No. 10 Grizzlies (12-4-3), the senior had 10 goals and one assist. A sure finisher, Chan provided leadership and motivation through word and deed. Her strong stickwork combined with poise and good field vision made Chan a threat in any situation. Even with so many goals, Chan remained a team player. The Futures veteran enhanced her own skills by using them to make other players look good whether putting a pass into the circle for someone else or backing someone up.

Claire Edelen, St. Paul's: Speed may have been the most noticeable part of the junior forward's game, but she had the skills to back it up. With her game sense, stickwork and ball control, Edelen proved nearly impossible to stop when carrying the ball down the wing. She then used a strong drive to nail the ball to the middle for her teammates to convert. If they couldn't score quickly, she could be in place in no time to divert a pass for a goal of her own. The Futures veteran had a team-high 10 assists and also contributed six goals.

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