All-metro Girls Lacrosse

June 07, 2006

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Megan Bosica

Mount Hebron, midfield

No Vikings girls lacrosse jersey has ever been retired, but if coach Brooke Kuhl-McClelland has her way, no one will ever wear No. 1 again.

When Bosica traded in her No. 2 jersey as a junior for her sister Maria's No. 1, the change was prophetic. Before last season was over, Bosica was hailed as the best Vikings player ever.

A three-time All-Metro first-team pick, Bosica is the All-Metro Player of the Year for a second straight time.

"She's just a swift little player who can do whatever you ask her to," Kuhl-McClelland said. "She's an athlete who encompasses skill, agility, speed, field sense, all the intangibles, and she's the most humble athlete that I've ever encountered."

In her four years as a starter, Bosica has 222 goals and 100 assists while leading the Vikings to four straight state titles and four perfect seasons.

She scored 60 goals and had 35 assists this season as the No. 1 Vikings won the state Class 3A-2A title - their 10th straight - and finished 18-0 - their fifth straight unbeaten season.

Bosica, who is headed to North Carolina, has always come through in critical moments. She scored the game-winning goal in the Vikings' 10-8 victory over Moorestown, N.J., which clinched their ranking as the No. 1 team in the nation.

But Bosica's game is more than offense. She excels in the midfield and on defense. That versatility is what gives her the edge over all the stellar Vikings who have come before her.

"To watch her at practice directing and teaching," Kuhl-McClelland said, "what she wants for next year when these kids are playing is to have that same success. She's doing everything she can to assure when she leaves, that legacy carries on. For many years to come, Meggie Bosica will be synonymous with Mount Hebron lacrosse."

COACH OF THE YEAR

Brooke Kuhl-McClelland

Mount Hebron

When Kuhl-McClelland took over the Vikings' program in the spring of 2002, she took on perhaps the most dominant program in state history. The question persisted: Could she keep a Vikings program that had won nine state titles and five in a row on top?

The answer was yes.

Since Kuhl-McClelland took the reins, the Vikings have not lost a game, increasing their string of state titles to 10 and their winning streak to 97. Her career record stands at 92-0.

Although the No. 1 Vikings polished off an 18-0 season with the first shutout in state tournament history, 16-0 over Stephen Decatur for the Class 3A-2A crown, the season opened with several challenges for Kuhl-McClelland and the team.

Among them was the fact that new school Marriotts Ridge siphoned off talent from the junior varsity program. Then there were a lot of injuries, but her smallest roster ever always pulled through, even during the difficult time when Kuhl-McClelland's mother-in-law died.

An innovative motivator who said she believes in surrounding herself with good people, Kulh-McClelland praised her assistant coaches, husband Tommy McClelland and Tony Giro. Also named the Howard County Teacher of the Year, Kuhl-McClelland teaches dance at Hammond High School.

FIRST TEAM

Jackie Doherty

Mount Hebron, defense

A second-team All-Metro selection last season, Doherty is the area's top line defender. With a keen understanding of defense, Doherty showed a good stance, good positioning and an intimidating stick. The junior also has a competitive streak that sends her well into the midfield in pursuit of a ground ball or a chance to create a turnover.

She led the team in ground balls, was second in draw controls and was a catalyst for the transition game. Her speed gives her an added dimension of playing high on the field while still being able to adjust and move into the Vikings' complicated slide packages.

Kim Dubansky

McDonogh, midfield

When the No. 3 Eagles were moving in transition, Dubansky was almost certain to race with the ball into the attacking end. Coach Chris Robinson called her "a one-girl clear." With her improved dodging skills, she was also hard to stop going to goal, finishing as the team's second-leading scorer with 45 goals and 19 assists.

Ambidextrous with a quick, accurate shot, she had a few opponents calling out that she was a left-hander even though she is right-handed. She scored the game-winning goal in overtime to beat Roland Park, 12-10, in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference semifinal and send the Eagles to the title game for the first time. Dubansky will play next year at Johns Hopkins.

Jacqueline Giles

Mount Hebron, attack

The Vikings' top line attacker scored at least one point in every game but one. With 51 goals and six assists, the junior finished second on the team in points and goals scored behind Megan Bosica.

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