Heads-up Burdt heads list 1992 ALL-BALTIMORE COUNTY/CITY FIELD HOCKEY TEAM Player of the Year

November 18, 1992|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

There is not much Tricia Burdt hasn't done as a high school field hockey player.

In her four years at St. Paul's, Burdt has been named an Association of Independent Schools All-Star every year. She was one of only two juniors named first-team All-Metro last fall.

This year's Player of the Year in Baltimore County/City field hockey, Burdt has played in the Junior Olympics three times. She also has reached the highest level of the United States' Field Hockey Association's Futures Program.

At the same time, however, Burdt is still happy teaching physical education to fifth-graders at St. Paul's.

"For all the success that she's had and all the hoopla that's surrounded her, her head is so in control, it's not even funny," said St. Paul's coach Sandy Hoody. "That's what's special about her. She's been so successful, but it never goes to her head."

Even before she reached ninth grade at St. Paul's, Burdt was something of an athletic phenom.

In eighth grade, she played varsity soccer. In the ninth, she added varsity hockey and lacrosse and has been an AIS All-Star in all three sports every year.

But hockey has been her calling.

"It's always been my favorite sport," said Burdt, a Mount Airy resident. "It came easy to me. I guess that's one reason why I liked it so much."

This year, as the Gators' center midfielder, Burdt scored five goals and added four assists, about half of the team's total scoring. A strong blend of power and finesse, she quarterbacked a young team.

"You couldn't have asked for her to do any more than she did," Hoody said. "She was a total team player, but she stepped up and initiated things when she had to."

Burdt, an honor-roll student, has committed to the University of Maryland, where she will play hockey and lacrosse and study math and physical education.

"She'll fit right in," said Hoody. "She's definitely a Division I, blue-chip athlete."

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