St. Paul's Burdt to join Terps

February 23, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

St. Paul's senior Tricia Burdt will take her show to the University of Maryland next fall, majoring in physical education, playing field hockey and perhaps contributing in lacrosse.

Burdt, 17, of Mount Airy was selected last fall as The Baltimore Sun's All-Metro Field Hockey Player of the Year after scoring five goals and adding four assists as the Gators' center midfielder.

She also got offers to play field hockey at fellow Atlantic Coast Conference schools Virginia and Duke, but her mind was set on Maryland. It wasn't until last week, however, that Maryland officially announced the signing of one of their top field hockey recruits.

"I told them Nov. 1 on my visit that I was coming [to Maryland]. I just loved the school on the visit. It's close to home, which is important because I'm very close with my family, and everything just clicked," Burdt said.

"I want to play lacrosse if I can, but it might be hard to switch back to the field after playing goalie in high school. If it doesn't work out, I'll just play field hockey."

Maryland field hockey coach Missy Meharg, whose team placed fifth in the nation last season, is pleased to have her.

"She was definitely one of our top two recruits, and we're excited to have her," she said. "Tricia's been playing hockey so long and at such a top-notch level. She's just an outstanding athlete and great person. She has the ability to step right in at the Division I level and make an immediate impact."

Burdt, an honors student at St. Paul's, will begin the last stage of a four-sport high school career this week when she begins lacrosse practice.

That career started in the eighth grade, when she made the varsity soccer team. After her eligibility in soccer ran out after her junior year, she played basketball this past winter and was named an Association of Independent Schools all-star as a forward.

Despite having played soccer and lacrosse longer (she began playing soccer in the second grade and lacrosse in third), field hockey has been Burdt's favorite sport since she began playing it in gym class in fifth grade.

She was named an AIS all-star in each of her four years at St. Paul's, a private girls school in Baltimore County. In 1991, she was one of only two juniors named to The Baltimore Sun's first-team All-Metro squad.

She also has played on the Olympic Developmental Program in the summers and earned three medals -- a gold, silver and bronze -- while in the Junior Olympics.

Burdt is excited about the prospects of joining Maryland's top-notch field hockey program.

She believes her experience with the Olympic Developmental Program -- where she played with and against college players -- will help her fit in right away.

"I played with a lot of college players, so it really won't be anything new," she said.

"When you play with and against better players, you play better yourself. I think I have a good chance of starting only because they graduated some seniors. It's just a great chance and honor to walk on to a team like Maryland."

The Terps won the ACC tournament last year, finishing with a 16-5 mark and advancing to the second round of the NCAA championships.

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