Field Hockey

All-anne Arundel County

High Schools

November 25, 2003

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Lauren Maranto

Severna Park

After her first two varsity seasons ended with heartbreaking region final losses, Maranto made it a personal challenge to lead the No. 1 Falcons (18-1) to the Class 3A state championship in her senior year. Mission accomplished.

With an ideal blend of power and finesse to go with unmatched determination, the talented center back and team captain was in the middle of all the Falcons' success. Maranto showcased her skills on the season's biggest day when she played at her typical high level on defense while scoring one goal and adding two assists in the Falcons' 3-1 state title win over Bethesda-Chevy Chase.

"She wouldn't allow us to be denied," said Severna Park coach Lil Shelton, who guided the Falcons to their 14th state crown. "That's what she worked for starting back in the summer - to be the best field hockey player she could be, and I don't think I've ever seen anybody so dedicated to this team."

An All-Metro first-team selection last season, Maranto scored five goals and added seven assists while anchoring a defense that posted 14 shutouts this fall.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Leslee Brady

Archbishop Spalding

With only three starters returning and the task of assembling an entirely new defensive line, Brady went into the season with the thought of improving throughout the campaign and being primed for the playoffs.

The Cavaliers skipped the settling-in part, winning from the start and maintaining success to reach the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship game.

A 2-1 loss to No. 2 St. Paul's in the title game, the only defeat of the season for the No. 4 Cavaliers (15-1-3), did not diminish their achievements.

"I think I was surprised most by how quickly we put everything together and how we were able to immediately generate the consistency. I'm proud of what the girls accomplished," said Brady, who is 64-20-18 in six years as head coach.

FIRST TEAM

Jessica Adam

Severn

The senior captain brought athleticism, speed, stick skills and leadership to her center midfield position as the Admirals' catalyst. With quick anticipation and a good sense of the field, the two-year starter was always on the ball and doing positive things with it to help lead Severn to a 9-5-1 mark. She finished the season with one goal and five assists.

Marian Cassilly

Archbishop Spalding

A new defense brought questions for the Cavaliers early in the season, but poised play from Cassilly in goal helped provide positive answers. The sophomore newcomer thrived in the cage with fine athleticism, smart positioning and the necessary temperament to handle the position. Finishing with seven shutouts, she stopped 113 shots while allowing just 12 goals for a .904 save percentage.

Lauren Disharoon

South River

Smart, consistent and highly skilled, the senior forward brought a number of assets to the center forward position for the Seahawks, who went 15-2 and reached the Class 4A state semifinals. Disharoon was effective carrying the ball inside the scoring circle, and once there, showed good shot selection and the ability to connect with teammates. The three-year starter finished the season with 11 goals and eight assists.

Abbi Horn

Severna Park

With dazzling stick skills, powerful drives and a knack around the cage, the gifted junior right wing was equally effective at scoring or setting up teammates. It all added up to an impressive 17-goal, 11-assist season for the repeat first-team selection. Horn scored six minutes into play to set the tone in the Falcons' 3-1 win over Bethesda-Chevy Chase in the state final.

Erin Kelly

Archbishop Spalding

The senior center forward was a dominating presence in front of the cage, relying on positioning, a quick release and a relentless approach to provide instant offense for the Cavaliers. The four-year starter finished the season with 15 goals and a team-high 12 assists. Over her four years, Kelly accumulated 48 goals and 35 assists.

Jen May

South River

Dropping back to right midfield after playing up front as a junior, May was better able to use her speed, stick skills and athleticism as the key part of the Seahawks' transition game. A strong and accurate drive also accounted for plenty of offense, as the senior co-captain finished with eight goals and 11 assists.

Stacey Messick

Severna Park

Crafty and poised with the ball in the middle of the field, Messick relied on excellent stickwork to find open space and help initiate the Falcons' strong attack. The senior midfielder, a three-year varsity player and two-year starter, was a steadying influence who covered a lot of ground. She finished the season with three goals and six assists.

Ashley Paschall

Archbishop Spalding

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