Players of the Year
Megan Buescher, River Hill, Sr.
Teams tried anything to stop Buescher's long throw-ins, including doing handstands. Severna Park tried that illegal trick during the postseason, but for the most part Buescher's laser from the sidelines was unstoppable and made up most of her 16 assists. She also proved she was talented with her feet, scoring six goals, and her 6-foot frame made her a threat to score off headers in front of the net. She will play soccer next year at North Carolina State.
Hayley Siegel, Centennial, Soph.
Siegel blossomed into one of the county's top all-around players in her second year starting for the Eagles. She scored 11 goals and had four assists, but even her statistics don't tell the true story of her dominance. If there was a clutch shot to take, Siegel took it. If there was a free ball in the midfield, it was Siegel's, and if there was a 50/50 ball, there was no doubt Siegel was going to come away with it.
Coach of the Year
Mike Senisi, Centennial
A master motivator, the seventh-year coach led the Eagles to the Maryland 2A title a year ago, and the Eagles seemed to be on their way back to the final this year before they lost in penalty kicks to Middletown in the 2A West Region semifinals. Senisi led the Eagles to a 13-2-2 record this season, and Centennial was 8-1 against county competition, with the team's only loss coming against undefeated River Hill. The Eagles outscored county competition, 26-7, during the regular season.
Lynlea Cronin, Wilde Lake, Sr.: A pure scorer, Cronin found the net in nine of Wilde Lake's 13 games, and she totaled 14 goals and four assists. She will play lacrosse next year at James Madison.
Beth Foley, Centennial, Sr.: Foley's move from defense to midfield was a seamless one, and the former all-county defender scored seven goals and had three assists while controlling the flow of play alongside Siegel.
Kelly Glacken, Glenelg, Jr.: Glacken's renown comes not from her statistics but from her ability to deprive opposing players of their own achievements. She regularly shut down the county's top scorers and helped Glenelg tie for third place in the county at 6-3.
Jamie Goertler, River Hill, Sr.: Goertler didn't do her damage by finding the back of the net this year, but she was integral in controlling the midfield for the Hawks. She scored seven goals and had two assists. She will play next year at Florida State.
Rosie Goldberg, Centennial, Soph.: Despite a knee injury, Goldberg proved herself time and again to be one of the county's premier sweepers, helping the Eagles hold opponents to 14 goals for the year. County opponents mustered only seven goals against Centennial.
E.J. Goldman, Atholton, Jr.: Before the Raiders won six straight games late in the season, Goldman was the reason her team hung tough. She finished the season with six shutouts in goal.
Stacy Grenier, Atholton, Jr.: Grenier was named a captain in the middle of the season, and her presence in front of Goldman helped the Raiders overcome their offensive deficiencies. She had one assist for the year.
Kara Lewis, River Hill, Jr.: One of the county's tiniest players, Lewis played big and used her speed to lead the county in scoring with 16 goals. An Olympic Development Program player, she was an all-county pick last year.
Shelley McDuff, River Hill, Jr.: McDuff began her career as a forward but has settled in as a sweeper and helped the Hawks hold opponents to 16 goals this year. She is a repeat all-county selection.
Lauren Nuffer, Hammond, Sr.: When the Golden Bears were on the attack this year, it was usually because of Nuffer, the team's most valuable player who led Hammond with 13 goals and seven assists.
Mandy Paizs, Centennial, Soph.: Quick to the ball and deadly accurate with her right foot, Paizs was the Eagles' main scoring threat this season, totaling 11 goals and five assists. She scored goals in five straight games in September.
Chrissy Starcher, Glenelg, Sr.: Starcher was a key member of Glenelg's midfield, able to score when needed and help lock down the Gladiators' defense when necessary. She had eight goals and two assists.
Jackie Stromberg, River Hill, Jr.: Stromberg was a deadly complement to Lewis up top for the Hawks and was nearly as productive as her forward partner, scoring 13 goals and notching eight assists.
Goalkeepers: Jamie Bowman, Oakland Mills, Sr.; Erin Ferguson, River Hill, Sr.; Betsy Smith, Centennial, Sr.
Forwards: Jessica Basso, Hammond, Jr.; Bryn Buckler, Glenelg, Sr.; Lauren Cepko, Howard, Sr.; Danielle Devereux, Glenelg, Sr.; Brittany Kelley, Centennial, Fr.
Midfielders: Robyn Bishop, River Hill, Jr.; Sonja Boras, Glenelg, Soph.; Christina Cangelosi, Mount Hebron, Soph.; Tessa Laidig, Atholton, Jr.; Claire McDuff, Wilde Lake, Soph.; Stacey Pusey, Long Reach, Sr.; Whitney Rhodes, River Hill, Jr.; Brittany Winstead, Wilde Lake, Soph.
Defense: Kelly Berger, Hammond, Sr.; Meghan Haspert, Glenelg, Soph.; Sara Hester, Howard, Soph.; Brooke Ratcliffe, Wilde Lake, Jr.; Kelly Renzi, Centennial, Sr.; Beth Wirth, Centennial, Sr.