All-metro Field Hockey

December 17, 2004|By Katherine Dunn

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Kristin Schwab

Friends, midfield

The senior simply stands out in any company she keeps.

An All-Metro player last season when the Quakers played in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference, Schwab led the Quakers to the B Conference title this fall.

She polished off her career with a head-turning performance in the Maryland State High School Field Hockey Coaches Association Senior All-Star Game.

Schwab scored three goals in the South's 6-1 win over the North, but she didn't play the whole game on attack. South coach Tammy Mundie took advantage of her versatility and played her at several positions, including defense.

At the B Conference championship game, Schwab scored both goals in a 2-1 victory over Park for the Quakers' first title since 1991.

She showed off her unmatched stick skills by scoring the first goal on a 70-yard breakaway in which she outmaneuvered an on-coming defender and beat the goalie one-on-one.

A little later, she nailed a tough-angle shot from the edge of the circle on the far right.

"She's like a cat," said Park coach Barb Purkey. "You know she's going to be quick, you know she's going to be fast, you know she has the skills, but you don't know where she's going to strike. She literally was not going to let them lose that game. You could feel her intensity."

Schwab finished the season with 19 goals and nine assists, but her transition play proved equally important.

"She controls the total midfield," said Friends coach Judy Turnbaugh.

"She plays offense. She plays defense. She's a major distributor at the center link position. With her push passing, she can distribute a ball right to the stick. She's like a quarterback sending a pass to the receiver. She puts the ball right there."

Schwab, a two-time All-State first-team selection, has committed to play field hockey and lacrosse next year at Princeton.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Tammy Mundie Hereford

Perhaps the defining moment of Mundie's 11th season as head coach actually happened a year earlier, right after the Bulls lost to Rising Sun in last season's Class 2A state championship.

"That loss last year was devastating," said Mundie. "The one thing I said to them after that game was, `Remember how bad you feel, those of you coming back, and let's carry that into next season, because you don't want to feel like that again when you felt you could have won.' "

The Bulls did not have to feel like that again, because they overwhelmed Glenelg, 2-0, in the title game to win the third state championship of Mundie's career and her first outright title. They also won the Baltimore County championship.

When the season started, however, the Bulls didn't quite look like champs. They lost two of their first three games. Mundie made a few shifts in the lineup and came up with a strong defensive tandem in Krissy Carls and Melissa Harrison after Harrison returned from an injury. The Bulls then won their last 15 games to finish 16-2.

FIRST TEAM

Christina Boarman St. Paul's, forward

A repeat first-team selection, Boarman showed off some of the best stickwork in the area as she created scoring opportunities for the Gators, especially on penalty corners. The junior had a knack for reading the defense, turning the opposition's game plan to her advantage.

Boarman scored eight goals and had six assists. She excelled at dictating play in the scoring circle. In addition, she scored some of her team's most critical goals, including the tying goal with 16 seconds left against Bryn Mawr.

An All-State first team pick, Boarman was the only player from Maryland named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association South Region team.

Krissy Carls Hereford, defense

The anchor of one of the area's strongest defenses, the senior led a unit that allowed only one goal in its last 14 games en route to the state Class 2A crown. The Bulls polished off their 14th shutout in a 2-0 state-title victory over Glenelg.

The Baltimore County Player of the Year, Carls began the season in the midfield, but when she moved back and teamed with Melissa Harrison on defense, the Bulls became just about impossible to beat. They started out 2-2 and then shut out 12 straight opponents.

Carls, named first-team All-State, scored one of the biggest goals of the season - the game-winner in the state semifinal overtime win over North East.

Liz Fries South Carroll, forward

An All-Metro first team pick as a sophomore, Fries spent last year playing in Germany as an exchange student. Always known for her superb stick skills, the senior picked up right where she left off with her stellar finesse game, exceptional knowledge, rabid determination and high-powered scoring.

Fries, an All-State first team pick, played both on the line and in the midfield. Either way, she proved one of the biggest offensive threats in the area, finishing with 14 goals and 17 assists to lead Carroll County in scoring.

A four-year veteran of the Futures national tournament, Fries has orally committed to play at Wake Forest.

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