Field Hockey

All-baltimore City / County

High Schools

November 25, 2003

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Lauren Sheets

Garrison Forest

Getting to the Grizzlies' goal meant going through Sheets, and that proved a tough task. The area's premier defender and a first-team All-Metro selection last season, Sheets demonstrated the game smarts, stick skills and gritty determination to be a key stopper and critical transition cog for the No. 9 Grizzlies (12-5-3) in their run to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference semifinals.

"Lauren had the poise of a college player on a high school field," said Grizzlies coach Traci Davis. "She's a player who's really ready for the big league."

A Futures veteran and former Junior Olympian, Sheets has committed to play hockey for Princeton.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Annie Morse

St. Paul's

A year ago, Morse earned City/County Coach of the Year honors for rebuilding the Gators' defense and guiding them to a share of the IAAM A Conference crown. This year, her efforts were even more impressive.

After losing 13 seniors, the Gators went through their final 15 games without a loss, won the A Conference title outright and soared to the No. 2 ranking, finishing the season 15-1-2.

FIRST TEAM

Katie Atkins

Roland Park

An All-Metro selection last season, Atkins remained the centerpiece of the Reds' game. Skilled and speedy with great game sense, the senior was critical in transition and in distributing the ball. Atkins, who had four goals, has committed to play lacrosse at Princeton.

Christina Boarman

St. Paul's

After missing last season with a knee injury, the sophomore burst on the scene with outstanding stick skills and game smarts. A two-time Junior Olympian and an Under-16 national team player, Boarman controlled offensive corners, getting a shot or creating a foul almost every time. She had 15 goals and five assists.

Jenny Cooper

Park

The senior goalie routinely faced some of the most creative attacks and crafty shooters around and still maintained a 90 percent save rate against those IAAM A Conference foes. She made 38 saves to shut out Garrison Forest. The consensus A Conference All-Star goalie posted five shutouts.

Megan Del Monte

St. Paul's

A second-team pick last season, Del Monte's numbers were down a bit to six goals and five assists, but her value to the team was not. A speed demon with excellent stick control, the junior forward scored the game-winner on the break in overtime of the IAAM semifinals.

Katie Frankel

Park

The senior sweeper stepped into a leadership role and shut down some of the hottest players in the IAAM A Conference, including Friends' Kristin Schwab twice, and also had four stick saves in the goal. Frankel used her hard drives to jump-start transition and on set pieces.

Kirby Houck

Garrison Forest

The senior forward combined blinding speed with a deft stick to become a constant threat. Houck, who finished with seven goals and three assists, could finish a play with a deflection on the post or cross the ball to a teammate. She signed early to play lacrosse at Johns Hopkins.

Leslie Koch

St. Paul's

The senior center back was never better than in the IAAM A Conference final against Archbishop Spalding when she repeatedly cleared the ball out of St. Paul's defensive end, including twice on penalty corners in the final 5:30. Quick with strong drives, Koch often set the pace with her stops and transition drives.

Greta Ostheller

Dulaney

The senior left wing led the No. 8 Lions (15-3), who reached the state Class 4A semifinals, in goals with 12 and had seven assists. Speedy and skilled, Ostheller scored some of the Lions' biggest goals, including both in an early 2-1 upset of Garrison Forest and both in a 2-1 overtime win over Towson.

Alex Radebaugh

Notre Dame Prep

A consistent presence in the midfield for perhaps the most improved team in the IAAM A Conference, Radebaugh controlled most of the action and kick-started the Blazers' attack. A finesse player with power, the junior excelled at thwarting opponents' transition opportunities.

Brianna Ryan

Hereford

The senior right wing blossomed into a leader on the attack with 14 goals and 12 assists. Ryan scored the tying goal in the state semifinal, which the No. 6 Bulls (16-2-1) went on to win in a shootout. She also assisted every goal in the Bulls' 3-0 Baltimore County title game win.

Kristin Schwab

Friends

The IAAM A Conference's standout midfielder and a second-team All-Metro pick last season, Schwab drew loads of defensive attention but still managed to total 12 goals and five assists. The junior's speed, stick skills and ball control enabled her to weave through several opponents for a shot or pass.

Sarah Seats

St. Paul's

The leading scorer for the IAAM A Conference champs had 16 goals and five assists, including one in the title victory over Spalding. A double threat with her speed and quick stick, the sophomore forward proved most effective at running onto the ball and making the final deflection into the goal.

Samantha Sebastian

Hereford

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