All-Harford County field hockey team

High Schools

November 30, 2003|By Jeff Zrebiec

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Krissy Browning

Fallston, senior

Browning, a forward who will attend Gettysburg next fall and play lacrosse and field hockey, had scored enough goals before this season to be a known commodity around the county. But it would've been hard for anyone to foresee the kind of season she had.

Relentless, lightning-quick, aggressive and highly skilled, Browning was a factor in every game, scoring 15 goals to go along with eight assists.

She scored clutch goals, tallying the game-winners against C. Milton Wright and Towson just days apart in the state playoffs. She registered an overtime goal to beat North East earlier in the season.

Browning, who also came back and helped the Cougars' defense by winning balls in the midfield, was tough to play against because of her tireless work rate and her ability to get free in the circle and deflect the ball or distract the goalie.

Constantly lauding her teammates for doing the work to get her the ball, Browning deserves a lot of credit herself for helping the Cougars to the state semifinals.

"I've never seen a kid that will put her body in front of the ball like she would," said Cougars coach Alice Puckett. "When Krissy got the ball, good things happened for us. She just had an amazing season."

COACH OF THE YEAR

Alice Puckett

Fallston

The Cougars, who started the season as The Sun's No. 1 team for the first time in Puckett's 21-year tenure, had another superb campaign against a typically rigorous schedule.

They kept the top ranking for much of a 15-2-1 season, won their third straight county title and Puckett's 17th overall, and registered their first-ever win over Bryn Mawr, a powerhouse from the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference.

Though Fallston missed winning its 10th state title, falling in the state semifinals to Montgomery County's Bethesda-Chevy Chase, its last game was exactly what people have come to expect from Puckett-coached teams.

The veteran Cougars fell behind early, kept their composure when two calls went against them - both resulting in B-CC goals - and played hard till the end, even getting a late goal with their persistence.

After the game, there were no excuses or complaints and very few tears as the Cougars, who traditionally take on characteristics of their coach, took solace in playing hard and playing well.

So generous with her time in helping promote the sport both countywide and statewide, Puckett, who has a career record of 266-47-17, expected nothing less, demanding that her team work hard, stay focused, respect the opposition and have fun, no matter how tense the situation.

THE TEAMS

Player of the Year: Krissy Browning, Fallston, senior, forward Coach of the Year: Alice Puckett, Fallston First team

Name School Yr. Pos. Comment

Christina Gibson North Harford Sr. F When on, Gibson (5 goals, 3 assists) was hard to stop

Emily Haller John Carroll Sr. F Made things happen, collecting 3 goals, 8 assists

Jenna McKnight Har. Christian Jr. F Eagles' scoring machine found net 16 times

Nichole Muzii Bel Air Sr. F Controlling tempo, Muzii had 6 goals and 4 assists

Kim Ziegler Fallston Sr. F Do-it-all Ziegler scored (10 g., 10 a.) and led

Sarah Keller C.M. Wright Sr. M Keller (6 g., 4 a.) put herself in right position

Laura Schnell C.M. Wright Jr. M Rising star (4 g., 11 a.) has skills, talent and work ethic

Lisa Shockley Fallston Sr. M A force on defense, on corners and in midfield; 3 g., 9 a.

Teresa Ward John Carroll Sr. M All-IAAM choice made mark on offense, defense

Krysta Arrowood North Harford Sr. D The Hawks' sweeper was consistent and dependable

Katie Chlada John Carroll Sr. D Facing top front lines, Chlada held her own

Jessica Dibelka C.M. Wright Sr. D Solid in stopping attack and transitioning to offense

Allison Stankis Fallston Sr. D Reliable and fast, she had knack for getting stick on ball

Maddie Goetz Fallston Jr. G 54 saves on 62 shots; at her best in crunch time

Second team Forwards: Michelle Boniface, John Carroll, Jr.; Megan Joines, North Harford, Jr.; Katie McHugh, C.M. Wright, Sr.; Lindsey Mueller, Fallston, Jr. Midfielders: Ashley Johnson, Aberdeen, Sr.; Danielle Krimm, Fallston, Sr.; Kelly Pitts, John Carroll, Sr.; Ashleigh Shifflett, Fallston, Jr.; Sarah Swehla, Harford Christian, Sr. Defenders: Julie Apicella, John Carroll, Jr.; Cat Connelly, Fallston, Sr.; Lauren Greenberg, C.M. Wright, Jr.; Kelly O'Shea, Bel Air, Sr. Goalies: Sarah Brockmeyer, C.M. Wright, Soph.; Danielle Seling, North Harford, Sr.

Note: Teams selected by Jeff Zrebiec after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.

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