PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Taylor Mumley, Susquehannock: A year ago, Taylor Mumley led Susquehannock's offensive attack, scoring 17 goals as a sophomore.
Mumley kept up the pace to open this past season. Mumley scored four goals in one game before Warriors coach Sharon McLaughlin decided her all-league attacker was needed on the back line following a 5-1 loss to West York.
"She's just an extremely talented player. She's really a forward, but our defense has gotten better since she's been playing there. She plays all over the field -- forward, midfield, defense," McLaughlin said near the end of the season.
Two weeks after that loss, Susquehannock got revenge. Mumley helped shut down the Bulldogs offense. She also made a long clearing pass that set up Alesha Herman's winning goal in a 2-1 overtime win to spoil West York's dream of going unbeaten in the division.
Leaha Shermeyer, Eastern York: The Golden Knights' offensive player of the year, Shermeyer was the one who would bring the ball up field to get Eastern's offense started. Together with fellow senior Michelle Runkle, they covered field well enough to allow coach Joni Oswald to switch from a three-midfielder look to two.
Michelle Runkle, Eastern York: A repeat all-Division II pick, Runkle was Eastern's best with the ball and named the team's defensive player of the year. Oswald said the Runkle-Shermeyer combo in the midfield could cover the field sideline to sideline and end line to end line.
Abby Pietra, Kennard-Dale: A starter since her freshman season, Pietra posted more than 200 saves this season. A junior, Pietra should go over the half-century mark for her career early next season.
Jordan Miller, Kennard-Dale: Just a sophomore, Miller is an outstanding defender at her left-back position, with the stick skills to carry the ball into the front to start the Rams offense.
Lyndsey Duty, Kennard-Dale: Another sophomore, Duty, who scored seven goals and four assists, was part of a bronze-medal winning team in last summer's Keystone State Games and has earned an invitation to join a Maryland club team for the National Field Hockey Festival in Florida.
Taylor Cubbler, Susquehannock: A senior midfielder, Cubbler scored four goals this season. A three-year varsity team member, Cubbler also has participated in U.S. Field Hockey's Futures program.
Alesha Herman, Susquehannock: Speed is a weapon for this three-year varsity performer, who scored nine goals this season for Sharon McLaughlin's Warriors. Herman also is an outstanding sprinter in track, having twice qualified for the PIAA state meet in both the 100 and 200 meters.
Allie Laird, West York: A former member of the U.S. Field Hockey Association's Futures program, Laird was the link between the backs and the forwards for the Bulldogs. A smart player who knows where to put the ball, Laird served, along with Ciara Stough, as a senior co-captain.
Cassidy McCauley, West York: The senior goalie grew from what coach Julia Haynes said was a scared seventh grader who backed away from the ball to a confident, aggressive stopper in the cage.
Ciara Stough, West York: A former forward, Stough excelled at left back, the spot many say is the most difficult position in field hockey. Stough has a knack for stripping the ball from attackers and using her old offensive skills to jumpstart her team's counter attack.
Brooke Robinson, West York: A junior center back, Robinson directed the defense for the Bulldogs. The team's junior captain has great ability to read opposing offenses and anticipate where the ball is going.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Julia Haynes, West York: After moving down from Division I, West York had only four starters back from last season's team that finished second in the upper division.
Haynes was able to mold this season's group into the division champions with a 7-1 mark. The Bulldogs were 9-8 overall.
"Julie is very knowledgeable. She has an enthusiasm for field hockey and for coaching," Eastern York's Joni Oswald said. "She has built a very nice program at West York."
-- Chris A. Courogen