Jenn Zinck, Krista Fisher and Kelli Bowerman
School: Severna Park.
Sport: Field Hockey.
Years: Bowerman, sophomore; Fisher, Zinck, juniors.
Highlights: The trio anchored a defense that played a key role in the Falcons (18-2) capturing the Maryland state 4A championship last Saturday with a 2-1 victory over Whitman. It was Severna Park's third straight title and its 19th overall -- more than any other school in state field hockey history. The Falcons' offense gets much of the attention, but this group helped post 10 shutouts this season. Bowerman also excels on offense, assisting on a goal in the state final that gave Severna Park the lead for good.
Notable: The three players helped the Severna Park defense allow only 15 goals in 20 games, giving up four in its final 10 games. Their play was a big reason goalie Kim Lawton had to make just 60 saves in the team's first 18 games. Bowerman, Fisher and Zinck helped the Falcons withstand pressure from Whitman in the second half when Severna Park held a 1-0 lead. Their consistency in clearing the ball kept Whitman from getting good shots or rebounds. "They haven't gotten the credit they deserve," Severna Park Coach Lil Shelton said after the Whitman game.
Personal: This was the first year on the varsity for all three. They played together last year on the junior varsity, but in different positions. Bowerman and Fisher are in the U.S. Field Hockey Association Futures Program, the sport's equivalent to youth soccer's Olympic development program. Zinck is a sprinter on the outdoor track team. Bowerman and Fisher both play lacrosse in the spring. All three play indoor field hockey to sharpen their games.
Julia Kelderman, Michelle Laughrige
School: Bethesda-Chevy Chase.
Sport: Field Hockey.
Year: Kelderman, junior; Laughrige, senior.
Highlights: Two of the team's unsung heroes. Kelderman is the team's sweeper on defense and is a solid goal-line saver, rarely makes mistakes and is strong at clearing the ball. Laughrige had three goals and 10 assists, her last assist coming in Saturday's 2-1 victory over Mount Hebron in the Maryland 2A state final. Laughrige, a midfielder, continued her habit of being a quiet spark on offense and helping the defense when needed. The defense didn't need much help, however, surrendering just six goals this year.
Notable: Laughrige started the past two years and was on the team for three. Kelderman has started both years she has been on the varsity. Laughrige was one reason the Barons averaged about 30 shots per game, often helping the fast-paced offense move the ball from one end of the field to the other. "Michelle was just great, she always helped at both ends," B-CC Coach Amy Wood said. Kelderman is one of the most aggressive defenders around, often coming up to midfield to bang the ball back into the other end and keep the pressure on. "They've both done so much for us this year. They've helped in many different ways, all over the field," Wood said.
Personal: Both are in USFHA Futures and each has made the National Honor Society. Laughrige runs indoor track and plays outdoor lacrosse. Kelderman also swims and plays lacrosse. Last summer, Kelderman went to Holland with a club soccer team. Laughrige is a senior class officer.