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Salisbury stakes her leading spot

Girls Lacrosse Player of Year

Girls Lacrosse Player of Year

June 16, 2008|By TIM KOELBLE

SAINT JAMES -- There haven't been many years lately that a Salisbury has not been involved in sports at St. James.

After four boys -- Grant, Patrick, Rex and Luke -- along came Caroline, and it did not take her long to mesh in athletically with her brothers at their Middletown, Md. home.

Caroline Salisbury got a taste of lacrosse at an age before she could probably spell it.

"I started playing with Rex and Luke and Jordan Barr when I was in second grade," she said. "My whole family played lacrosse."

Over the years, she has come to play it well, leading to her selection as The Herald-Mail All-Area Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year.

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"Sometimes it's hard to get better but Caroline has continued to do so," said departing head coach Laurie Rousseau. "Caroline always finds a way to improve and she does it by pushing herself in every drill."

The junior's leadership qualities are second to none, as are her statistics for the 2008 season. From the attack position, Salisbury scored a whopping 74 goals, easily the highest in the area. She added 45 assists for 119 total points and also was in on 86 ground balls.

"(Caroline) loves the game and it has become her passion," said Rousseau. "She is the kind of girl I'd like to take with me. She could have gone to goal even more, but her 45 assists show she also passed to her teammates."

Salisbury played recreation lacrosse in Frederick and Middletown from second through seventh grade.

"In second grade, I was the only girl and in third, there were two girls and we played by the boys rules," said Salisbury.

She is also an honored athlete in soccer and basketball -- all-county honorable mention in soccer and first-team all-county in basketball, averaging nearly 12 points a game.

What's in store for an honor roll student after her senior year in 2009?

College is on the horizon. Her brothers have gone to Harvard, Princeton and Davidson and Luke will be the second heading to Harvard in the fall.

"I'm not sure where I'll go yet, but I'll play lacrosse," said Salisbury.

Joining Salisbury on the All-Area Girls Lacrosse Team:

Jina Hontz, St. James:

The junior attacker had 22 goals, 15 assists and 31 ground balls for the Saints.

Courtney Peterson, St. James:

The sophomore center had 13 goals, 10 assists and 86 ground balls for the Saints.

Allyn Saling, Smithsburg:

The junior attacker led the team in both goals, with 36, and assists, with 15 and had 46 ground balls.

Amber Ford, Smithsburg: The senior attacker had 34 goals, 14 assists and 30 ground balls for the Leopards.

Monica Hovermale, Smithsburg:

The sophomore midfielder contributed 13 goals and seven assists for the Leopards with 86 ground balls.

Jenn Dillon, Mercersburg Academy:

The junior attacker led the Mid Atlantic Prep League in scoring with 61 goals and 13 assists. The goals were also a school record and she had 77 ground balls. Second year on Herald-Mail All-Area.

Annie Birney, Mercersburg Academy:

The junior midfielder had 41 goals, 10 assists and 50 ground balls for the Blue Storm.

Stephanie Seibert, Mercersburg Academy:

A junior goalie, she was stellar in her goalkeeping performance, making 144 saves for the Blue Storm.

Coralie Thomas, Mercersburg Academy:

A junior played midfield and defense and had 16 goals, nine assists and 37 ground balls for the Blue Storm.

Jackie Keller, North Hagerstown:

The sophomore midfielder led the Hubs with 13 grounds and also had 39 ground balls.

Morgan McLeod, North Hagerstown:

The senior attacker scored 12 goals for the Hubs.

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