TAYLORSVILLE — The honors continue to roll in for county resident Tricia Burdt, a field hockey player at St. Paul's School for Girls in Baltimore County.
The junior was nominated for the Penn Monto/United State Field Hockey Association all-America team and was an all-Maryland first-teamselection. Though Burdt did not make the all-America team (only one Maryland player did), St. Paul's coach Sandy Hoody said just being nominated is an honor.
"Very few in Maryland make that team," said Hoody, who played andcoached at Towson State in Baltimore County and coached at Princeton(N.J.) University. "Most of the top Division I (college) players come from Pennsylvania and New Jersey."
Only 134 hockey players from around the country, including 20 from Maryland, were nominated for the team, said an official of the USFHA in Colorado Springs, Colo. Twenty-three were chosen all-Americans, including six from Pennsylvania and three from New Jersey.
Burdt has been involved in the Junior Olympic program for two years and has been involved in the Futures program, which develops full teams of top players at the national level.
"Our athletes have known what to do and how to do it, but couldn'tdo it simply because they had been together as a team," said Tricia's father, William, a dentist in Eldersburg.
Athletes stay togetherin the futures program, practicing an playing together once per month for six consecutive months. Tricia Burdt also is playing with several of her futures teammates in an indoor field hockey program.
Burdt also should be involved in the Junior Olympic program and might earn a spot in the U.S. Olympic Festival, her father said.
A midfielder at St. Paul's, she also received the ball on penalty corners and was a primary defender when opponents were awarded corners. She scored six goals and added two assists for St. Paul's (7-1-5).
Burdt also plays soccer (a winter sport at many private girls schools in the Baltimore area) and lacrosse at St. Paul's, and has played recreationbasketball and softball in past years.
Bill Burdt said his daughter, a junior, has been heavily recruited by college coaches from around the country, and is leaning toward attending an Atlantic Coast Conference school.