First Team

Field Hockey

High School Sports

December 15, 2003

Jessica Adam

Severn

The Admirals needed a link between their veteran defense and some strong forwards. Adam complied, emerging as a midfield force with her athleticism, speed and game sense.

Primarily known as a lacrosse player, the senior played for the world championship United States Under-19 women's lacrosse team and has signed early with Duke. But this fall, she played the key role in keeping the Admirals among the top teams in the IAAM A Conference.

Able to win possession and distribute the ball, the center midfielder also was instrumental on both defensive and offensive corners. She contributed a goal and five assists.

Christina Boarman

St. Paul's

The sophomore forward enjoyed the most auspicious debut of the season. When opposing coaches got a look at her ability to manipulate play in the attacking circle, some wondered aloud where she was last fall.

No mystery there. Boarman, a club player, five-year Futures veteran and Under-16 national team player in 2001, sat out last season with a knee injury.

This fall there was no sign of that injury. Boarman showed off sensational stick skills and precocious game sense.

A master at orchestrating offensive penalty corners, she scored 15 goals and had five assists. She managed to get a shot or create a foul almost every time she received the ball.

Krissy Browning

Fallston

The Harford County Player of the Year had always been known for her speed, but the senior forward has shown there's a lot more to her game.

Relentless, lightning quick, aggressive and highly skilled, Browning was a factor in every game, scoring clutch goals and working back on defense to win key possessions in the midfield as the No. 3 Cougars spent most of the season ranked No. 1. But scoring was her primary job and she came through with 15 goals and eight assists.

Browning, who will play field hockey and lacrosse next year at Gettysburg, scored the game-winners against C. Milton Wright and Towson in the regional playoffs.

Jenn Cochran

Glenelg

The Howard County Player of the Year emerged as a standout as the No. 11 Gladiators changed their system to rely on two players in the midfield. Cochran dominated the middle in just about every game with her ability to control transition. Her speed, stick skills and physical strength allowed her to move from attack to defense and vice versa with ease.

A defensive-minded player, the junior also showed off sharp game sense. She could track down the ball and often stalled the opposition's breakaway chances. A club veteran, Cochran relished the set-up role and became the Gladiators' playmaker, contributing nine assists to go with one goal.

Jenny Cooper

Park

When it came to keeping the Bruins in a game, most of the responsibility weighed on their senior goalie.

Backing an inexperienced team, Cooper posted a 91-percent save rate despite routinely facing barrages of shots from her IAAM A Conference foes. She was the main reason the Bruins (6-6-2) finished .500 in the area's toughest league.

Against some of the area's most creative, crafty and prolific scorers, Cooper made 153 saves, allowing 17 goals. She made 38 saves in shutting out No. 8 Garrison Forest.

Technically skilled with an exceptional reaction time, Cooper was a rare consensus All-IAAM A Conference goalie selection.

Abbi Horn

Severna Park

The Falcons got off to a quick start in most every game thanks to the keen anticipation and deft stick of their junior right wing. Even in the state Class 3A final, Horn scored just six minutes into the game to set the pace for a dominating 3-1 win over Bethesda-Chevy Chase.

Although she also helped out in transition, Horn excelled in the circle. Outstanding at receiving the ball, carrying it in and using her hard, accurate drive to cross it to a teammate, Horn then set up on the right post. She waited for a cross or mopped up a broken play, often scoring in the process.

The Falcons' assist leader with 11, the SPark club team veteran also scored 17 goals.

Erin Kelly

Archbishop Spalding

Well known for her ability to find the cage in all sorts of situations, Kelly completed a stellar four-year career with 48 goals and 35 assists.

The senior center forward displayed a wide array of offensive skills. Her physical strength, blistering first step and improved stick skills could leave a defender in the dust, making Kelly a threat to score at close range or on the break. Her unselfishness, as shown in 12 assists to go with 15 goals, made her even more valuable to the IAAM runners-up.

Kelly, who hopes to play field hockey in college, also came back to make defensive tackles and helped spark the No. 4 Cavaliers in transition.

Stephanie Kisic

South Carroll

The junior turned a lot of heads a year ago when she moved up from JV to help the Cavaliers win a Class 2A state championship with her superb midfield game.

This fall, she earned Carroll County Player of the Year honors and helped the No. 7 Cavaliers reach the state semifinals.

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