Field Hockey

All-howard County

High Schools

November 25, 2003

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Jenn Cochran

Glenelg

The Gladiators switched to a new formation this season, giving her additional responsibility in the midfield, and she responded in sensational fashion by helping the Gladiators score an astonishing 79 goals.

She only scored one goal herself, but she assisted on nine, as her primary role was to control the midfield and act as a catalyst for the offense.

A first-team pick last year as a sophomore, she stood out game after game, whether hunting down fast breaks or serving as a defensive link. She was truly an impact player.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Melissa Lennon

Long Reach

The first-year varsity coach turned the program around with a second-place 8-2 county record and 11-6 overall mark. The Lightning upset Centennial and made it to the region finals before losing to eventual state champion Severna Park, 3-0.

A 1998 graduate of Mount Hebron, where she played field hockey and lacrosse, and a 2002 graduate of Frostburg, where she also played both sports, Lennon said her team became a family on and off the field.

"After being down last year, they bought into my positive coaching style, believed they had talent and could be the best and jelled together. It was such a turnaround year, it was amazing to watch the magic happen."

FIRST TEAM

Aly Blum

Glenelg

The junior Olympian recorded 12 shutouts and 81 saves on 87 shots. She was fearless in coming out to make saves. A second-team pick last year, she allowed four goals during the regular season and two in the playoffs. Called the best goalie she's ever seen by her coach, Ginger Kincaid, Blum's incredible technique makes the junior a Division I prospect.

Terri Coover

Glenelg

After playing the midfield last season, Coover moved to left outside forward this season and responded with fantastic scoring numbers - 15 goals and six assists. A second-team pick last season, her speed, athleticism and ability to carry the ball made her one of the toughest players in the county to stop as she punched the ball forward. Coover, a junior, is a third-year varsity performer.

Meghan Dwyer

Long Reach

The fastest player on her team, with or without the ball, she was the piece of the puzzle that held the Lightning's midfield together. Her high work rate, solid stick skills and well-timed, well-paced connecting passes allowed her offense to flourish. Also an ice hockey player, the senior scored four goals and had 13 assists.

Kelly Filipowicz

Long Reach

The sophomore forward is an outstanding one-on-one player, carries the ball well and has an indomitable will to win. Called the team's "fire-starter" by her coach because she was usually the first one to score, Filipowicz netted a school-record 20 goals and had seven assists. Her speed and stick skills make her one to watch for next year.

Kate Hayne

River Hill

A two-year starter and team captain, she was the fastest player on the team. Her excellent stickwork and ability to carry the ball made her indispensable. The senior forward, who scored six goals and had eight assists, played her best games against county champion Glenelg (1-1 tie) and Mount Hebron (1-0 playoff victory). She also was the sender on corners.

Amanda Langley

Long Reach

An intimidating defender, Langley had good field sense and great hits. Coach Melissa Lennon called her "a brick wall." Langley was so strong a player that the junior was able to beat out seniors for her starting position even though she's a first-year player.

Megan Maguire

Hammond

Her team's go-to player, the senior center forward flicked in a goal at the buzzer to beat Pikesville. She has a quick stick near the cage and has the instinctive knack for being in the right place at the right time. A two-time second-team pick, she scored 12 goals and had six assists, and for her three-year varsity career scored 36 goals and had 11 assists.

Kristin Mele

River Hill

One of the county's top scorers with 18 goals and three assists, she converted several scoring opportunities to win close games. The junior forward, a two-year starter, is a fast, smooth player with good stickwork and her team's main hitter on corners. She can shoot forehand, backhand and reverse, and has a hard shot. Her eight goals against St. John's (D.C.) set a school record.

Lindsay Melvin

Mount Hebron

Quick to the ball, the senior switched from defense to midfield this season because her team needed her there. Her tremendous acceleration enabled her to make many tackles. The team captain and two-year varsity player distributed the ball well and also played a key role on corner defense.

Katy Narron

Glenelg

She balanced out Glenelg's midfield at left link and played a large role in the team's 79 goals by consistently putting the ball into the circle. The three-year varsity performer scored five goals and had seven assists. She called the corners, was the team's penalty-stroke specialist and the stopper at the top on opponent's corners.

Chelsea Parks

Centennial

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