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1997 Field Hockey All-Met Team

1997 Field Hockey All-Met Team The 1997 All-Met field hockey team is at the front of the pack on a historic B&O wagontop caboose. In front, left to right: Nicole Nahlik, Katie Silverthorne, Melissa Dorman and Rachel Tardiff. On train: Krista Bowerman, Mary Beal, Coach of the Year Lil Shelton, Crystal Carpker and Stephanie Fuller. On roof: Alison Moulin, Malrin Brady, Krista Kennedy and Megan Kelly.

Player of the Year
Coach of the Year
Season Highlights
First Team
Second Team
Honorable Mentions
How the Selections Were Made

Player of the Year

Crystal Carper

Crystal Carper, Stafford
  • Senior
  • Forward
  • 56 career goals, putting her fifth on all-time Virginia list
  • Had 19 oals and 18 assists this season, as No. 9 Stafford finished 16-3.
  • Scored winning goal in AAA Commonwealth District and Northwestern Region tournament title games.

  • Coach of the Year

    Lil Shelton

    Lil Shelton
  • Led No. 1 Falcons to Maryland 4A title with 3-0 win over Westminster in final.
  • In 23 seasons, guided Severna Park to natoinal record-tying 10 state championships.
  • Won career 300th game on Oct. 14. Has career record of 306-39-5.


  • No. 3 Bethesda-Chevy Chase won its fourth consecutive Maryland state title and No. 1 Severna Park won its fifth in six years. No. 7 Northern of Calvert County captured its first ever.

  • The Independent School League championship was shared by three teams, all with one league loss. No. 6 Holton-Arms defeated No. 4 St. Stephen's/St. Agnes for the first time in 12 years on a goal by Andrea Jeria. These two teams shared the title with No. 5 Georgetown Visitation

  • No. 2 Lake Braddock reached the Virginia AAA state finals for the third time since 1991. No. 10 West Potomac returned to the state tournament for the first time since 1992.

  • Whitman and No. 8 Poolesville ended two of their most successful seasons with classic games in the Maryland state tournament. Whitman battled Westminster to a 0-0 tie through two overtimes before falling in strokes in the 4A semifinals. Poolesville, which earlier in the year defeated Bethesda-Chevy Chase and 3A semifinalist Walter Johnson for the first time ever, lost 2-1 in a 1A semifinal to perennial state champion Pocomoke.

  • Crystal Carper's 18th goal of the season and 55th of her career, came with one second remaining for 1-0 victory over North Stafford in the Virginia AAA Northwestern Region final. She finished as the fifth all-time leading scorer in Virginia history.

    First Team

    F Megan Kelly, Holton-Arms
    Senior, 18 goals, 3 assists
    All-Independent School League selection led 16-3 Panthers to their first ISL co-championship

    F Nicole Nahlik, Lake Braddock
    Senior, 12 goals, 8 assists
    Her two goals in the title game helped 20-1-1 Bruins to their third consecutive Virginia AAA Northern Region championship

    F Katie Silverthorne, Fairfax
    Senior, 10 goals, 10 assists
    All-Northern Region selection led Lancers to second consecutive Virginia AAA Liberty District title

    MF Mairin Brady, Bethesda-Chevy Chase
    Senior, 12 goals, 12 assists
    Scored in semifinal and final as 15-2-1 Barons captured fourth consecutive Maryland state title

    MF Stephanie Fuller, Wootton
    Senior, 11 goals, 6 assists
    Played every position except goalkeeper for an 8-6-1 Patriots. Had two hat tricks. All-Maryland selection. Career 16 goals, 7 assists

    MF Krista Kennedy, Poolesville
    Senior, 5 goals, 5 assists
    Three-year starter on offense and defense for the 13-1-1 Indians, who advanced to Maryland 1A semifinals

    MF Alison Moulin, St. Stephen's/SA
    Senior, 5 goals, 8 assists
    Left link is two-time all-ISL selection. Scored winning goal against Georgetown Vistation to give 12-1 Saints share of second consecutive ISL title

    D Mary Beal, West Potomac
    Senior, 2 goals, 4 assists
    Three-sport athlete with 3.9 GPA led 14-6-1 Wolverines to their first Virginia AAA state tournament appearance since 1992

    D Krista Bowerman, Severna Park
    Senior, 1 goal, 5 assists
    Two-time all-Maryland player anchored defense that allowed just four goals as Falcons (19-1) won Maryland 4A title

    D Melissa Dorman, Whitman
    Senior, 0 goals, 0 assists
    Left back helped 13-2 Vikings record 10 shutouts as they advanced to Maryland 4A semifinals

    GK Rachel Tardiff, Georgetown Visitation
    Senior, 0.1 goals against average; 13 shutouts
    Repeat All-Met. Allowed only two goals for 15-3 ISL co-champions. Over past two seasons, had 27 shutouts in 31 games

    Second Team

    Pos. Athlete School Yr.
    F Nahal Batmanghelidj Potomac School Sr.
    F Kate Finn Magruder Jr.
    F Katie Kolakowski Stafford Sr.
    F Fritzi Stanley W.T. Woodson Sr.
    MF Lisa Brinkley Northern Sr.
    MF Jessica Hellman Walter Johnson Sr.
    MF Mina Pell National Cathedral Soph.
    MF Sarah Wright Bethesda-C.C. Jr.
    MF Sarah Zuckerman Severna Park Jr.
    D Molly McManus Oakton Jr.
    D Katie Ryan Georgetown Visitation Sr.
    GK Becky Walenga Richard Montgomery Jr.

    Honorable Mention

    FORWARDS: Cheryl Andrukonis, W.T. Woodson; Katie Bergman, Bethesda-CC; Aubrey Bruggeman, Blair; Heather Davidson, Langley; Alison Douglass, Lee; Andrea Jeria, Holton-Arms; Jana Lookingbill, Churchill; Beth Neuberger, Severna Park; Katie Palisoul, Whitman; Emily Payne, Mount Hebron; Anna Starkey, Calvert; Kovla Strosnider, Springbrook; Melissa Tozier, Richard Montgomery

    MIDFIELDERS: Tara Abbaticchio, Poolesville; Summer Crabtree, St. Stephen's/St. Agnes; Jessica Gaither, Severna Park; Katie Harrington, Calvert; Kristin Henderson, Lake Braddock; Wendy Ison, Chesapeake; Julie Kuliecza, T.C. Williams; Shelby Samperton, Georgetown Vistation; Becky Schatzkin, Bethesda-Chevy Chase; Christina Settle, Madison, Shannon Ward, Lake Braddock

    DEFENDERS: Courtney Brooks, Richard Montgomery; Jennifer Budney, Woodbridge; Barbara Burell, Poolesville; Carrie Hanel, Northern; Mandi Martin, South Lakes; Elly Palmer, Episcopal; Laura Rhodes, Northern; Julie Shank, Severna Park; Wendy Van Norden, Seneca Valley

    GOALKEEPERS: Nichole Downs, La Plata; Nisha Marks, National Cathedral; Becky Seifried, Churchill; Meghan Tidwell, Arundel

    How the Selections Were Made: Coaches of all Washington area teams were invited to submit nominations. All-Met selections were made by Mitch Rubin of The Post's scholastic staff.

    Photographs: Photos were taken by Gerald Martineau of The Post on the grounds of the Gaithersburg Community Museum. The team was assembled on B&O wagontop caboose No. 2490 built in 1942 and now owned by the Gaithersburg Railway Museum.

    © Copyright 1997 The Washington Post Company

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