The honors just keep coming for St. Paul's star Burdt Player of the Year

November 30, 1992|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

There is not much Tricia Burdt hasn't done as a field hocke player.

Honors as The Baltimore Sun's All-Metro Field Hockey Player of the Year caps off a stellar four-year career at St. Paul's of Baltimore County.

Each year, Burdt was named an Association of Independent Schools All-Star. One of only two juniors named first-team All-Metro last fall, she is the first to repeat.

Burdt has demonstrated her field hockey skills outside of school as well.

She played hockey in the Junior Olympics three times, collecting gold, silver and bronze medals. She also has reached the highest level of the United States' Field Hockey Association's Futures Program, its Olympic development program.

Over the Christmas holiday, Burdt will attend the USFHA's A Camp at Rutgers University in New Jersey to work with other promising hockey players under age 21. Almost all of them are college players.

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 resident of Mount Airy in Carroll County. "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.

Burdt was all over the field for the Gators, playing offense and defense. Her skills and leadership earned her The Baltimore Sun's Baltimore County/Baltimore City Player of the Year honors.

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

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

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

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