Wonder Girls - Coach of the Year - Kristen Barry from Bel Air

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Barry led the Bobcats to a historic run this spring. The third-year coach is Varsity Sports Network's Girls' Lacrosse Coach of the Year.

Bel Air (15-4) won its first state championship, knocking off Severna Park in the Class 4A/3A title match. The Bobcats are the first Harford County team to win a state crown since Fallston in 2012. 

Barry, whose team lost in the 4A/3A state final in 2015, knew 2017 had the makings for a breakthrough.

"We had a shot of competing with some of the top teams in the area," said Barry, who returned eight players from the 2015 squad that lost to Severna Park in the state final. "Our ultimate goal was to win the state championship."

After back-to-back losses to Fallston and Westminster, Bel Air won its final seven matches, including an overtime win at Westminster in the South Region final. The Bobcats, captained by Molly Loughlin, Taylor Patrick, Lexi Strobel and Anna Farley, scored in the final seconds to deny Severna Park in the state final at Stevenson University.

"We played with a chip on our shoulder," said Barry, who was assisted by Andi Gwin, Megan Strauch and Hayley Krause. "We really ingrained in the girls that every game was a championship match."

A 2009 University of Maryland graduate and 2005 graduate of John Carroll School, Barry spent four years as a Bobcat assistant before moving into the head coach spot in 2015. She's 40-15 in three seasons.


Last Updated (Tuesday, 20 June 2017 06:10)



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