Field Hockey

All-carroll County

High Schools

November 25, 2003

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Stephanie Kisic

South Carroll

Kisic was an impact player from the moment she joined the varsity midway through last year's championship run, and she did even more this year.

Kisic (four goals, nine assists) helped anchor the tough midfield that is at the root of South Carroll's success. Whatever coach Erin Soulen asked, Kisic could do because of her great speed and stickwork. She could clear, play tough defense, make great passes or score goals. She also has a sprinter's speed bursts and can run through players to do what's necessary.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Alison Weiss

Francis Scott Key

Weiss faced a tough task coming into this year as the Eagles were trying to rebound from something unusual - a sub-.500 season. But she worked hard at getting the team to play as a group. Weiss pushed the team concept hard and got the Eagles to play aggressively. The Eagles then went from a team that won only five games to among the county's best.

Weiss, who had been very successful before last year, relied heavily on first-team picks Alicia Thompson and Melinda White on offense, plus Randee Black on defense, to help lead a team that played well together.

FIRST TEAM

Allie Armitage

South Carroll

She was a key part of last year's Class 3A state title team and had to step up this year with top scorer Liz Fries away overseas. Armitage (eight goals, nine assists) again showed a knack for making big plays on offense, becoming more of a team leader and coming up with key goals as the Cavaliers made the Class 2A state semifinals.

Melissa Bach

North Carroll

Her great speed made her a key for the Panthers. Bach used that speed to play the full field and often wound up marking the opposition's top scorer. She also scored a few key goals this season as one of North Carroll's top two-way players.

Lauren Bair

Century

She sparked the Century offense with nine goals and seven assists as the Knights became a winning team in just their second year. Bair's outstanding speed and stickwork made her a dangerous player.

Ashley Benitez

Century

Benitez was a big reason the Knights were tough this year. She made 89 saves and allowed only 18 goals. She was recently selected to the Features Elite program 2003 and went to Australia with the Under-19 elite squad for the U.S.

Libby Benson

South Carroll

Benson (two goals, two assits) bounced back from last year's season-ending leg injury to strengthen the Cavaliers' tough defense. A solid fundamental player who uses her stick well, she's an important part of the South Carroll defense.

Randee Black

Francis Scott Key

A solid defensive player who helped the Eagles turn things around this year, Black was consistent throughout the season, made life tough for opposing offenses and helped Key again become a winning team.

Sarah Blackowicz

North Carroll

She anchored the North Carroll defense the entire season. Her solid stickwork helped the team in the back and helped the Panthers in getting the ball out of their circle.

Emily Bollinger

Westminster

Bollinger is a strong all-around athlete who often helped spark an offense that struggled at times. Her quickness and stickwork proved vital at midfield, especially given the Owls' difficult schedule this season.

Jessica Pickard

North Carroll

She was the team's leading scorer and one of the county's best passers. Pickard also finished among the county leaders in assists. She used her great speed and good shot to cause problems for opposing defenses.

Alicia Thompson

Francis Scott Key

She combined with Melinda White to give Key a tough 1-2 punch on offense. Her outstanding stickwork and shooting ability made her one of the county's rising offensive threats.

Kelly Waterman

Century

The center midfielder, a two-year captain, had six assists this season and was a big reason for the Knights' success in only two years. She's one of the team's hardest workers and a leader who hopes to keep playing field hockey.

Melinda White

Francis Scott Key

She got off to a fast start this season, scoring several goals early and helping the Eagles quickly erase memories of last year's struggle. White always was around the ball and was one of the county's most dangerous scorers.

Britt Woodfield

South Carroll

She always found a way to make key plays on offense during the past two years, as the Cavaliers became one of the area's top teams. Woodfield (14 goals, 12 assists) has an excellent shot and came up with several key goals and points.

Kerrie Wuenschel

South Carroll

Another unsung player from last year's state title team, Wuenschel (five goals, four assists) helped the team's strong midfield play get even better this season. Her first goal of the season gave the Cavaliers a mid-season overtime victory over Francis Scott Key after being sidelined a few games because of a broken nose.

THE TEAMS

Player of the Year: Stephanie Kisic, South Carroll

Coach of the Year: Alison Weiss, Francis Scott Key

First team

Name School Class Position

Allie Armitage South Carroll Senior Forward

Lauren Bair Century Senior Forward

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