The senior goalie was a major factor behind the No. 8 Panthers emerging in the thick of the Anne Arundel County race. She gave up 7.9 goals per game and allowed only six opponents to hit double figures. In an early season win over No. 6 Broadneck, she made 12 saves to preserve an 11-10 victory. She saved 16 shots and made some critical late-game saves to beat Stephen Decatur, 7-5, and send the Panthers to the state semifinals for the second straight year. The four-year starter faced 306 shots and saved 53 percent of them. One of her best assets has been her accurate outlet passing, which gives the Panthers a high rate of successful clears. Pastrana will move on to George Mason.
A second-team All-Metro selection last season, Sanza had a knack for getting in the way of the opposition's attack strategy. Perhaps her greatest asset was her innate feel for how the action would unfold. She seemed able to read the defense a few plays before anyone else knew what would happen. She could change a game with her ability to anticipate passes and upset plays. A midfield defender, the senior led a rejuvenated St. Paul's team in caused turnovers, interceptions and ground balls. She drew at least one charge in every game. She could also get into the attack and contributed 22 goals. Headed for Maryland in the fall, Sanza was chosen for the Under Armour All-America Game.
Perhaps the best all-around player on the No. 1 team, the junior midfielder stood out from crease to crease. Eagles coach Chris Robinson gave her the green light all around, and she could make the big plays all over the field. Smith proved a big matchup problem for a lot of teams because she had the speed and the physical presence to overwhelm most opponents. She was almost always around the ball, leading the team in draw controls (52), ground balls (52) and interceptions (39). On a team that ran girls in and out, Smith rarely left the field. She had two goals in the IAAM A Conference final, a 13-10 win over No. 2 Notre Dame Prep, to finish with 29 goals and 11 assists.
The senior midfielder turned in some of the most impressive offensive performances of the season and was the primary reason the No. 13 Lions were in every game. Against No. 1 McDonogh in the regular-season finale, she scored six goals and had four assists in an 18-14 loss. Nine times this season, Thomas scored five or more goals. She scored five in the 14-12 IAAM A Conference quarterfinal loss to No. 2 Notre Dame Prep. With her speed, stick skills and quick moves through traffic, she excelled despite attracting the opposition's top defender. It wasn't just her attacking prowess that set the Georgetown-bound Thomas apart. She excelled in the midfield and contributed on defense.
The top-line defender on the No. 1 team, Virden helped the Eagles hold opponents to 6.5 goals per game. They allowed only four of 20 opponents to score in double figures. The IAAM A Conference champs finished 15-1 against teams rated in the Top 50 nationally by LaxPower. The leader of that defense, Virden used her all-around athletic ability to create havoc for opposing offenses. The junior excelled as an off-ball defender. Watching for her quick-sliding teammates to trap an opponent, she would move in and pounce on an errant pass or dropped ball. She had 27 interceptions and 47 ground balls. Her speed also made her a one-girl clear, giving the Eagles a big advantage in transition.
Name School Cl. Pos.
Claire Brady Century Sr. A
Mackenzie Cyr Winters Mill Jr. A
Danielle Kirk Arch. Spalding Sr. A
Roxy Raab Fallston Sr. A
Covie Stanwick Notre Dame Prep So. A
Kathleen Barranco Severna Park Sr. M
Liza Blue Garrison Forest Jr. M
Brittany Dashiell John Carroll Sr. M
Taylor George Broadneck Jr. M
Beth Glaros Wilde Lake Jr. M
Sarah Matz Bryn Mawr Sr. M
Lelan Bailey Severna Park Sr. D
Allison Thornton Broadneck Jr. D
Kim Kolarik South River Sr. G
Note about selections Teams selected by Katherine Dunn after consultation with The Baltimore Sun staff and area coaches.