2005 All-Metro Girls Lacrosse Teams
Mount Hebron's high-scoring Megan Bosica (with ball) often ended up with bruised arms from defenders shoving their sticks against her. A new rule limiting such contact should cut down on those bruises. (Sun photo by Christopher T. Assaf / April 24, 2004)
A few games into her junior year and Bosica was already drawing the highest praise available when longtime Vikings assistant coach Scott Robinson called her the best player Mount Hebron has ever had.
Despite the legions of All-Metro and Division I players that have preceded her, Bosica has lived up to those expectations in leading the No. 1 Vikings (19-0) to their ninth straight state championship and their fourth straight perfect season.
The Howard County Player of the Year is already a two-time All-Metro first-team selection. Over Memorial Day weekend, she earned her second straight Heather Leigh Albert Award as the best schoolgirl player in the US Lacrosse Women's Division National Tournament.
Bosica has all the tools and a work ethic that keeps her striving to get better. As a result, she excels everywhere on the field. She led the Vikings in scoring with 65 goals and 31 assists, bringing her career totals to 162 goals and 65 assists - and she still has one more year to go.
Bosica also could dominate on the defensive side, winning 51 ground balls and causing 17 turnovers.
"What makes Meggie different is that she sees the whole field and she thinks two steps ahead of everyone else," said Mount Hebron coach Brooke Kuhl-McClelland, whose team has won 79 straight games.
"When she has the ball she's thinking, 'Where is the defense going to be and where is the attack cutting? Can I get her with the pass or am I going to have to create space for myself.' She sees that before anyone else. She has a coach's mind."
Coach of the Year: Tina McGinn, Dulaney
McGinn and the Lions made teamwork the foundation of their season and it paid off with Dulaney's first girls lacrosse state championship -- a title that was a long time coming.
The Lions had been to the state tournament 11 times without winning -- more than any other lacrosse team, boys or girls. That frustration ended last month, when the Lions beat then-No. 4 Broadneck, 9-4, for the Class 4A-3A crown.
Although the Lions were young, they were multi-talented and driven to finally win that elusive title.
McGinn, an Overlea graduate who played at St. Mary's College, worked with her captains to foster strong leadership that helped unite the team.
"There was a whole different feeling this year," said McGinn, in her fifth season as the Lions' head coach. "Everybody was confident in their skills. Everybody trusted each other. There wasn't a clique. They were very united in their cause to go to states and also very celebratory of individual accomplishments."
As a result, the Lions finished the season 18-3 with a No. 4 ranking. They also won Baltimore County and regional championships.
Jackie Blucher, St. Paul's, defense
The senior led a defensive unit that allowed just 5.2 goals per game thanks in large part to her ability to contain the opposition's leading scorer.
More than half of her marks managed a point or less, including All-Metro picks Caitlyn McFadden (one goal) and Allison Perkins (one assist).
Great defensive positioning and an understanding of the attack helped Blucher deny her mark the ball. When an opponent did get the ball, Blucher often could get it back, causing a team-leading 33 turnovers. She also had 70 ground balls.
Blucher, a second-team All-Metro pick last season, is headed to Richmond.
Aly Blum, Glenelg, defense
A solid one-on-one defender, Blum also excelled in team defense, as the Gladiators held the opposition to an average of 5.4 goals per game en route to their first state title, an 11-10 win over Century in Class 2A-1A.
Coach Ginger Kincaid called Blum the best defender she has coached in 18 years as the Gladiators' head coach. The senior holds school career records for ground balls (374), draw controls (123) and interceptions.
This season, Blum won 94 ground balls and controlled 58 draws - both team highs.
A second-team All-Metro selection last season, Blum will move on to Ohio University.
Shannon Burke, Roland Park, defense
A repeat first-team pick, Burke showed off a defensive game that forced opposing attacks to adjust to her.
The senior anchored the team defensive unit and also excelled one-on-one against some of the area's top scorers. She had a knack for causing turnovers and led her team with 10 interceptions. Skilled and smart, she also played terrific denial defense and was one of the bright spots in a difficult season for the Reds.
Playing a midfield defense position, Burke could also be a catalyst for the attack, switching momentum with her ability to control loose balls.
Burke will play next year at Notre Dame.
Natasha Davies, Broadneck, defense
A second-team All-Metro pick last season, Davies led the Bruins to the state Class 4A-3A final with a wide repertoire of skills.
Quick and able to anticipate a couple plays ahead of the action, the senior stood out in the team defense or marking an opponent one-on-one. She led her team with 11 interceptions and also had 64 ground balls.
Davies also provided a spark on the attack. In the past, the Bruins had not needed her to contribute on the attacking end, but this year they did and she responded with 37 goals and 10 assists.
Davies will play next season at Denver.
Megan Del Monte, St. Paul's, midfield
No matter what the No. 6 Gators needed, Del Monte could deliver. The senior midfielder had a hand in 47 percent of her team's offense while scarfing up 91 ground balls and causing 24 turnovers.
A repeat All-Metro first-team pick, Del Monte had 39 goals and 42 assists as the Gators won the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A1 Conference regular season. She contributed 4.7 points to her team's 10-goals per game average.
The Baltimore County Player of the Year finished her career with 119 goals and 110 assists.
She will play next year at Duke.
Kristen Gilwee, Dulaney, goal
A steady anchor behind the Lions' drive to their first state championship, Gilwee posted a .589 save percentage and allowed just 5.14 goals per game.
The senior had eight saves in the 9-4 victory over Broadneck for the Class 4A-3A crown, including several terrific efforts as the Lions shut out the Bruins through the second half.
Strong in the crease for the past couple years, Gilwee worked on becoming more aggressive and taking her game on the field for more interceptions and ground balls.
The Ohio State- bound Gilwee proved a vocal leader, helping to orchestrate the defense.
Ginna Lance, Mount Hebron, midfield
While the senior did a bit of everything for the Vikings, she excelled at winning possession.
Her ability to handle the draw proved crucial to beating Moorestown, N.J., as well as to winning the state final over Urbana that gave Lance and her fellow seniors a 74-0 record over their four years.
Lance also scarfed up 51 ground balls and caused a team-leading 25 turnovers.
A defensive-minded midfielder, she helped the Vikings hold opponents to an average of 2.8 goals per game. They did not allow any opponent to score in double digits.
Lance, who also scored 20 goals and had three assists, is headed for Penn.
Brittany Mallory, McDonogh, midfield
The key player behind the Eagles' emergence as an area contender, Mallory led her team to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A2 Conference title.
The sophomore drew a lot of attention from opposing defenses and still managed to score a team-high 61 goals. She dished out 11 assists.
She also led the team in ground balls with 76 and could play solid one-on-one defense.
With skills and field sense beyond her age, Mallory displayed a complete game and made a lot of big plays at critical times. She could force a key turnover, grab a loose ball or provide the game-turning goal.
Caitlyn McFadden, NDP, midfield
A multi-talented two-way player, McFadden did all the little things well. She thrived on being a workhorse, attending to the chores that don't draw much attention while still contributing 40 goals and 23 assists.
McFadden proved a strong finisher, but she excelled at feeding her teammates. She led the Blazers in goals while finishing third in points.
The junior showed exceptional speed and stickwork as well as field sense.
She used all three as a transition catalyst, sparking the Blazers with her ability to gain possession. McFadden also could cause lot of trouble on the defensive end.
Bridget Noon, St. Mary's, midfield
A quintessential midfielder, Noon showed off all her skills in the 7-6 victory over Severn in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A1 Conference final.
The senior ran down loose balls, controlled draws and made the key interception that led to the game-winning goal. She also contributed a goal and two assists.
That performance nicely sums up Noon's season. She played all but 12 minutes of the No. 2 Saints' 22-game season and was almost always in the action. She had 49 ground balls and 20 caused turnovers.
Noon, who is headed to Georgetown, also contributed 30 goals and 25 assists.
Allison Perkins, St. Mary's, attack
One individual statistic stands out among all the rest this season - 106 assists. That's how many Perkins dished out in 22 games, averaging 4.8 per game.
The Anne Arundel County Player of the Year could pass on a dime, feeding her teammates in spots where they could easily score. Most of her assists were in close where she could feed a player coming around the crease for a quick hit. Her timing was perfect, as a fraction of a second could make the difference between a goal and a turnover.
Perkins, a junior, had 20 goals for the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A1 champions.
Kerry Shea, Seton Keough, midfield
The Baltimore City Player of the Year showcased her versatility by leading the Gators in almost every statistical category.
Not only was she their leading scorer (38 goals, 11 assists), but she also led them in ground balls (52) and draw controls (29) and caused a team-best 19 turnovers.
A repeat first-team selection, Shea stands eighth on the Gators' all-time scoring list with 148 points - 109 of them goals - despite playing mostly defense her first two years.
She is the school's career leader in ground balls with 261.
Shea is headed to Penn State.
Meg Taylor, Mount Hebron, attack
The senior has shuffled all over the field the past two years, including time at midfield this spring, but her true calling is on attack. An explosive first step and ferocious competitive streak made Taylor tough to stop going to goal from up top.
The Vikings' second-leading scorer had a strong dodge, but she excelled at getting through the double team - a strategy that resulted in 18 eight-meter free-position shots. Taylor finished with 48 goals and nine assists. She scored on 59 percent of her shots.
Taylor will play next year at Loyola along with her twin sister Mary Clare.
Terri Coover, Glenelg, senior, attack
Stephanie Coyne, Bryn Mawr, senior, attack
Samantha Schrum, St. Mary's, junior, attack
Anastasia Adam, Severn, junior, midfield
Amber Falcone, Winters Mill, senior, midfield
Ali Flury, Broadneck, junior, midfield
Kim Griffin, No. Harford, senior, midfield
Megan McGuire, Century, senior, midfield
Kristin Schwab, Friends, senior, midfield
Amanda Spinnenweber, Ches.-AA, junior, midfield
Jackie Doherty, Mt. Hebron, soph., defense
Kristen Horsman, Dulaney, soph., defense
Ange Gaeta, John Carroll, senior, defense
Katie Monaghan, Arch. Spalding, senior, goal
Note: Teams selected by Katherine Dunn after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.