Player of the Year

Emily Goldman, Mount Hebron, Sr.

Goldman was an all-county selection a year ago for her defensive skills, but she moved to the midfield this season and hardly missed a beat. She scored seven goals and had two assists, leading Mount Hebron to an 8-0-1 league record and its first county championship since 1997. Goldman had one assist while playing with Capitol Pegasus at the National Field Hockey Festival in Indio, Calif. She has verbally committed to play next season at Lafayette.

Coach of the Year

Gail Purcell, Centennial

One of the deans of Howard County field hockey coaches, Purcell led the Eagles to their sixth regional title in her 26th year of coaching. After beating Howard for the Class 2A South championship, the Eagles lost in penalty strokes to Towson in the state semifinals, the second straight year their season ended with most of the team unable to make a move. Still, the Eagles finished 14-4, and Purcell's career numbers are among the most impressive in the county: seven county titles, four regional championships and the county's lone state title (1995).

First Team

Katie Bauer, Glenelg Country, Sr.: The Dragons' senior captain orchestrated her team's offense, logging 22 assists and six goals as Glenelg Country won its third straight Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference title.

Maria Bosica, Mount Hebron, Sr.: An all-county lacrosse player, Bosica will take her stickwork to James Madison next year, but she was more than a little bit successful in her dalliance with field hockey, notching 11 goals and four assists.

Lindsay Buckingham, Hammond, Sr.: The three-year starter was slowed by injuries as a junior but regained the form she showed as a sophomore by scoring 13 goals and assisting on four others. She scored the game-winning goal in the Maryland State Field Hockey Coaches Association All-Star Game in November.

Nadia Clendening, Centennial, Sr.: When the repeat all-county selection was moved to midfield early in the season, it was perhaps the biggest compliment she could get. The Eagles utilized Clendening's excellent stick skills to stop other teams and to contribute on offense, where she logged six goals and six assists.

Jenn Cochran, Glenelg, Soph.: The Gladiators' offense was run through Cochran, who was solid both on offense and as a defender. The sophomore midfielder scored one goal and had seven assists.

Dayna Eng, Centennial, Sr.: A Team Maryland Riptide performer, Eng allowed only 10 goals as Centennial made its run to the Class 2A state semifinals. She had 101 saves and a save percentage of 90.2 percent.

Julie Laun, Mount Hebron, Sr.: Laun is more comfortable making passes than scoring goals, and the right midfielder has done that well over the past two years, logging 13 assists. She had seven assists and one goal this year. She will attend Virginia Tech next year to play lacrosse.

Ali Lemons, Mount Hebron, Sr.: A ball to the face that interrupted her junior season didn't make the forward gun-shy this year. Lemons scored a team-high 14 goals and had nine assists, directly contributing to 46 percent of her team's goals.

Katie Reck, Centennial, Sr.: The outspoken sweeper was goalkeeper Dayna Eng's savior many times, including in the state semifinals when her stick save prevented a goal. In addition to leading Centennial's record-setting defense, she had one goal and two assists.

Courtney Siegel, Centennial, Sr.: The oldest of the talented Siegel sisters, Courtney moved between midfield and defense this season and excelled at both, scoring two goals and notching five assists.

Sara Siegel, Centennial, Jr.: The Eagles set school records for goals and assists in a season, and Siegel is on the way to another Centennial record. After a 20-goal, six-assist junior season, the forward is second-leading goal scorer in school history.

Emily Smith, Mount Hebron, Sr.: A three-year starter, Smith moved from left back to center back this year and excelled, helping the county's stingiest defense hold teams to seven goals. She will play at American University next year.

Stephanie Wesley, Glenelg Country, Sr.: As a sweeper, Wesley's statistics aren't easily measured, but Coach Shannon Parker said the repeat all-county selection likely prevented dozens of potential goals from even crossing the midline. Wesley had two assists and was a IAAM B Conference all-star.

Honorable Mention

Goalkeepers: Aly Blum, Glenelg, Soph.; Marie Bounds, Wilde Lake, Sr.; Brittany Frank, Oakland Mills, Sr.

Field players: Rashmi Bhanot, Long Reach, Sr.; Stephanie Capps, Glenelg, Sr.; Terri Coover, Glenelg, Soph.; Liz Diamond, Howard, Sr.; Meghan Dwyer, Long Reach, Jr.; Amber Fadrowski, River Hill, Sr.; Michelle Frost, Hammond, Sr.; Christy Gonzalez, Glenelg Country, Jr.; Emily Hengemihle, Mount Hebron, Sr.; Courtney Hoke, Glenelg Country, Jr.; Alex Hope, Centennial, Sr.; Megan Maguire, Hammond, Jr.; Kati Reinbold, Howard, Sr.; Laura Sass, River Hill, Sr.; Ashley Spencer, Wilde Lake, Jr.; Jordan Swaim, Long Reach, Sr.

From left: Emily Smith, Mount Hebron; Sara Siegel, Centennial; Katie Reck, Centennial; Courtney Siegel, Centennial; Jenn Cochran, Glenelg; Maria Bosica, Mount Hebron; Lindsay Buckingham, Hammond; Nadia Clendening, Centennial; Stephanie Wesley, Glenelg Country; Ali Lemons, Mount Hebron; Julie Laun, Mount Hebron; Emily Goldman, Mount Hebron; Dayna Eng, Centennial; Coach Gail Purcell, Centennial. Not pictured: Katie Bauer, Glenelg Country.