Varisty All-carroll County

June 10, 2007

BOYS LACROSSE

Player of the Year

Travis Love

Winters Mill

The senior was the unyielding force that helped make Winters Mill (19-0) Carroll County's firststate lacrosse champion. The Towson University-bound goalie led the county with a .710 save percentage, allowing just 92 goals in 19 games - an average of less than five per game. He did some of his best work in the Class 2A-1A state title game, making 20 saves in a 6-5 overtime win against previously unbeaten Parkside. For his efforts, Love, 6 feet 1 and 180 pounds, earlier this week was named the Class 2A-1A winner of the C. Markland Kelly Award as the top player in state 2A and 1A schools, as selected by coaches. Love has been a four-year starter and a team captain since his sophomore year.

Coach of the Year

Jim Langrall

Century

A year after limping to a 3-9 record, including 0-6 in Carroll County, Langrall's Knights turned things around this spring in a big way, finishing 14-3 overall and 5-1 in the county. The season included an eight-game winning streak, as well as a dozen games in which the team scored at least 11 goals. It was a major departure from a year ago, when the Knights stayed competitive in most games, but rarely were able to finish off an opponent. The biggest difference, Langrall said, was the maturation of his seniors, many of whom showed improved stick skills and leadership after playing summer ball. He also credited his assistant coaches, who helped provide players with more individualized attention. Langrall spent nine years coaching at Liberty before starting Century's program from the junior varsity level in 2002.

GIRLS LACROSSE

Player of the Year

Jenny Steadman

Century

The senior capped her stellar career by excelling at what she always did best - catching the ball in traffic and finishing. Steadman scored a career-high 94 goals to go along with 37 assists, leading Century to its third Class 2A-1A state title in four years and earning the midfielder her second straight county Player of the Year award. The Penn State-bound Steadman set Carroll County records for career goals (259) and points (388). She scored eight goals in a game against Winters Mill and seven in her team's 15-5 win over Pikesville in the state final, but had one of her best all-around performances in a playoff win against Liberty, despite not scoring at all.

Coach of the Year

Rose Pentz

Century

What some saw as a changing of the guard in Carroll County, Pentz's team saw as inspiration. After the first county in their history loss in early April against Liberty, the Knights quickly took stock and fired back. They finished the season with 14 straight wins - by a combined score of 258-64 - to claim a share of their fifth straight county title, as well as their third Class 2A-1A state title in four years. One of those wins was a 15-4 blowout of Liberty in the regional semifinals. No. 5 Century (17-2) received key contributions from veterans and newcomers in continuing to set the standard in county girls lacrosse. Pentz, who has coached the program since its initial year at the junior varsity level in 2002, ran her career record to 84-6. Player of the Year

SOFTBALL

Megan Johnson

Francis Scott Key

Not only was the Morgan State-bound senior Carroll County's most dominant pitcher, but she also was among its best hitters. Johnson started every game for the Eagles, compiling a 14-6 record with a 1.48 ERA, and 209 strikeouts in just 141 innings. She walked only 27, and she racked up seven shutouts. Johnson ranked among the county's leaders by batting .361, with three doubles, a triple, three home runs and 14 RBIs. Her hot bat and ability to lay off bad pitches helped her to reach base nearly 53 percent of the time.

Coach of the Year

Greg Knill

Winters Mill

Despite losing more than half his team from a year ago to graduation, Knill led the Falcons to a turnaround season. The team improved from 8-12 to 13-8, tying Francis Scott Key for second place in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League Piedmont Conference and finishing in a three-way tie for second place in Carroll County. Knill, who has coached a variety of sports over the past 19 years, including football, golf, basketball, track and lacrosse, has led his current team since its inception at the junior varsity level in 2003. Despite mixed results since, he said that this year's players bonded better than any of his previous groups, with the goal of proving they could win.

First Team

Name School Class Position Megan Johnson F.S. Key Senior Pitcher

Kim Ruppert Winters Mill Senior Pitcher Anna Struhar Century Junior Pitcher

Sarah Alpaugh Liberty Soph. Catcher

Emilie McFarland Century Soph. Catcher

Kelley Farley F.S. Key Soph. Infield Mary Harshman South Carroll Soph. Infield

Felicia Knill Winters Mill Junior Infield Marie Lindberg Century Senior Infield

Amy Metcalfe Westminster Soph. Infield Meghan Clements Century Junior Outfield

Brittani Rynkowski North Carroll Junior Outfield

Second Team

Name School Class Position Ashley Woods North Carroll Junior Pitcher

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