PLAYER OF THE YEAR
The bigger the stage, the bigger Donohoe's game. Against top Harford County rival Fallston, the senior attacker scored a goal in the final second of regulation to tie the game and then scored the game-winner with four seconds left in double overtime. In the Class 3A-2A state final, Donohoe scored five goals on No. 1 Mount Hebron in a game that ended in a heartbreaking 7-6 loss for the Hawks. No other team has come that close to threatening the Vikings during their 11-year run as state champions. The Harford County Player of the Year, Donohoe scored 83 goals and had 44 assists to lead the No. 7 Hawks to a 17-2 finish and the first state championship appearance in the program's history. She finished her career with 193 goals and 119 assists. A strong 5-foot-9 explosive player, Donohoe also showed off exceptional stick skills. She could catch anything and could spot even the tiniest openings in the arc. Adept at getting position on the crease, she showed deceptive quickness with her feet and with her stick, baiting defenders and faking out goalies. "She was our go-to player," Hawks coach Tara Buecker said. "The girls knew she could find the back of the net. Even when she was face-guarded, she would find a way to get it done." Smart and unselfish with the ball, Donohoe drew a lot of double teams, but she had a keen eye for her open teammates. She also played a big role on the draw, winning 72, and was strong at re-defending. "She's just tough to contain," Mount Hebron coach Brooke Kuhl-McClelland said after the championship game. "She's got great skills ... and she's just all over the field. She's their playmaker. She sets the tone. She's the pilot of that offense. When the ball's in her stick, she's dangerous." Donohoe will play next year at North Carolina.
COACH OF THE YEAR
In her 12th season as Admirals head coach, Sotiropoulos turned a midseason sinking ship into a title contender. The Admirals started off 5-6, but they won nine of their last 11, including a tournament semifinal upset of then-No. 2 McDonogh, which had gone unbeaten through the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference regular season. In the title game, the Admirals gave No. 3 John Carroll a fight before falling 10-9 in overtime. "It was very rewarding, especially that run down the stretch and the way the kids just rallied. They all seemed to respond and they had a lot of tough talking-tos, because they weren't playing up to their potential," said Sotiropoulos, who has a 131-55-10 career record at Severn.
Unranked in preseason, the No. 6 Admirals, who finished 14-8, needed some convincing about that potential. A lot of players had graduated, both goalies were freshmen and chemistry had yet to develop. Sotiropoulos - and the assistant coaches she gives a large dose of credit to, Tony Werner, Tara Bourdelaise and Kim McNemar - overhauled an offense that had worked the year before but wasn't working for this group. They incorporated a motion offense that freed the players to be more creative and they thrived on that freedom.
A savvy junior attacker who loved to manipulate defenders on the crease, Ancarrow enjoyed a breakout season in helping the No. 3 Patriots to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship. Her skills and game smarts were on full display in the title game, as she scored five goals in the 10-9 win over No. 6 Severn. Ancarrow, who finished second on her team in scoring with 40 goals and 28 assists, had a flair for beating defenders around the crease. She thrived on pulling her defender just a little too high and then ducking back under for perfect position on the crease. Her quick first step, superb stick skills and unselfishness made her a threat to score or assist every time she had the ball, even when she was face-guarded.
The athletic junior midfielder provided a little bit of everything for the IAAM A Conference champions. She led the No. 3 Patriots in scoring with 53 goals and 19 assists, but that was just the beginning of her talent and contribution. A strong defender who caused a lot of turnovers, it was nearly impossible to take the ball away from her because of her quick stick and her quick feet. Exceptional at reading the defense and finding the slightest holes, she was always patient on attack. She worked perfectly in tandem with teammate Casey Ancarrow to exploit defenses, especially around the crease, where the two worked their own style of bait-and-switch. Carey will play for the U.S. Under-19 team at the world championships in Ontario, Canada in August.