All - Metro Girls Lacrosse

June 10, 2005|By Katherine Dunn

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Megan Bosica

Mount Hebron, midfield

A few games into her junior year and Bosica was already drawing the highest praise available when longtime Vikings assistant coach Scott Robinson called her the best player Mount Hebron has ever had.

Despite the legions of All-Metro and Division I players that have preceded her, Bosica has lived up to those expectations in leading the No. 1 Vikings (19-0) to their ninth straight state championship and their fourth straight perfect season.

The Howard County Player of the Year is already a two-time All-Metro first-team selection. Over Memorial Day weekend, she earned her second straight Heather Leigh Albert Award as the best schoolgirl player in the US Lacrosse Women's Division National Tournament.

Bosica has all the tools and a work ethic that keeps her striving to get better. As a result, she excels everywhere on the field. She led the Vikings in scoring with 65 goals and 31 assists, bringing her career totals to 162 goals and 65 assists - and she still has one more year to go.

Bosica also could dominate on the defensive side, winning 51 ground balls and causing 17 turnovers.

"What makes Meggie different is that she sees the whole field and she thinks two steps ahead of everyone else," said Mount Hebron coach Brooke Kuhl-McClelland, whose team has won 79 straight games.

"When she has the ball she's thinking, `Where is the defense going to be and where is the attack cutting? Can I get her with the pass or am I going to have to create space for myself.' She sees that before anyone else. She has a coach's mind."

COACH OF THE YEAR

Tina McGinn

Dulaney

McGinn and the Lions made teamwork the foundation of their season and it paid off with Dulaney's first girls lacrosse state championship -- a title that was a long time coming.

The Lions had been to the state tournament 11 times without winning -- more than any other lacrosse team, boys or girls. That frustration ended last month, when the Lions beat then-No. 4 Broadneck, 9-4, for the Class 4A-3A crown.

Although the Lions were young, they were multi-talented and driven to finally win that elusive title.

McGinn, an Overlea graduate who played at St. Mary's College, worked with her captains to foster strong leadership that helped unite the team.

"There was a whole different feeling this year," said McGinn, in her fifth season as the Lions' head coach. "Everybody was confident in their skills. Everybody trusted each other. There wasn't a clique. They were very united in their cause to go to states and also very celebratory of individual accomplishments."

As a result, the Lions finished the season 18-3 with a No. 4 ranking. They also won Baltimore County and regional championships.

FIRST TEAM

Jackie Blucher

St. Paul's, defense

The senior led a defensive unit that allowed just 5.2 goals per game thanks in large part to her ability to contain the opposition's leading scorer.

More than half of her marks managed a point or less, including All-Metro picks Caitlyn McFadden (one goal) and Allison Perkins (one assist).

Great defensive positioning and an understanding of the attack helped Blucher deny her mark the ball. When an opponent did get the ball, Blucher often could get it back, causing a team-leading 33 turnovers. She also had 70 ground balls.

Blucher, a second-team All-Metro pick last season, is headed to Richmond.

Aly Blum

Glenelg, defense

A solid one-on-one defender, Blum also excelled in team defense, as the Gladiators held the opposition to an average of 5.4 goals per game en route to their first state title, an 11-10 win over Century in Class 2A-1A.

Coach Ginger Kincaid called Blum the best defender she has coached in 18 years as the Gladiators' head coach. The senior holds school career records for ground balls (374), draw controls (123) and interceptions.

This season, Blum won 94 ground balls and controlled 58 draws - both team highs.

A second-team All-Metro selection last season, Blum will move on to Ohio University.

Shannon Burke

Roland Park, defense

A repeat first-team pick, Burke showed off a defensive game that forced opposing attacks to adjust to her.

The senior anchored the team defensive unit and also excelled one-on-one against some of the area's top scorers. She had a knack for causing turnovers and led her team with 10 interceptions. Skilled and smart, she also played terrific denial defense and was one of the bright spots in a difficult season for the Reds.

Playing a midfield defense position, Burke could also be a catalyst for the attack, switching momentum with her ability to control loose balls.

Burke will play next year at Notre Dame.

Natasha Davies

Broadneck, defense

A second-team All-Metro pick last season, Davies led the Bruins to the state Class 4A-3A final with a wide repertoire of skills.

Quick and able to anticipate a couple plays ahead of the action, the senior stood out in the team defense or marking an opponent one-on-one. She led her team with 11 interceptions and also had 64 ground balls.

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