Players to watch 1993 high school field hockey preview

September 09, 1993|By Katherine Dunn

Jen Brooks, Mount Hebron, Sr., G -- Although she's not afraid to take risks, Brooks is smart enough to know when not to. She kicks well, clears well and comes out to tackle when she can. Brooks' aggressive play will be a key to the Vikings' season because they have such a young defense.

Kristy Conway, Glenelg, Sr., F -- Although she didn't see a lot of action last year, Conway should be a top scorer. With good speed and a strong shot, she gives the Gladiators extra punch on penalty corners. Conway and teammate Karen Duff should be one of the county's top offensive combinations.

Kim Driessen, Wilde Lake, Sr., M -- The top player on a team looking to bounce back from the bottom of the league standings, this link has excellent ball control. A relentless player, she is the key to the transition and is her team's field general.

Karen Duff, Glenelg, Sr., F -- The other half of Glenelg's offensive inside line strength, Duff could emerge as the team's top finisher. Strong in the circle, she'll draw the cherry-picking assignments.

Angela Menegay, Oakland Mills, Sr., F -- The key in a balanced Scorpions attack, Menegay has good ball control and dodges. Her teammates will look to her to bring the ball down the outside. With one of the best shots on the team, she could post big numbers.

Emily Moore, Howard, Sr., F -- In only her second year on the hockey field, Moore has emerged as the Lions' top offensive threat. She brings speed and good field sense to the left-inner position.

Kelly Naylor, Oakland Mills, Sr., G -- The area's premier goalie a year ago, Naylor earned first-team All-Metro honors for saving 93 percent of shots against her. She averaged 10 saves and had as many as 20 in a single game.

Nicole Parker, Howard, Sr., M -- With speed and good stickwork, Parker can direct the game from her spot at right link. Her ability to change fields quickly should be a key to the Lions' transition game.

Alicia Paul, Hammond, Sr., F -- A strong inside forward with good stickwork, Paul has great timing on attack. She and teammate Bethany Thompson could turn into one of the county's best one-two punches on attack.

Xochitl Strobehn, Oakland Mills, Sr., D -- The Scorpions return another fine defensive player in senior halfback Strobehn. An aggressive halfback with big hits and good stops, Strobehn will quarterback the defense along with Naylor.

Bethany Thompson, Hammond, Sr., F -- With great stickwork, Thompson can dodge and take the ball through just about anything. At right wing, Thompson's speed will be a key to the Bears' veteran attack.

Emily Ward, Centennial, Jr., F -- A player who makes things happen in the circle, Ward should be the Eagles' catalyst on the forward line. After honing her skills against tough competition in Europe last summer, Ward could be a big scorer.

Katrina Wolfe, Centennial, Sr., M -- One of only two juniors to make the All-County team last year, Wolfe has the ability to dominate the midfield. She also can score, notching five goals and adding four assists last year.

Pam Yep, Atholton, Sr., M -- The dominant Raiders midfielder, Yep is quick and aggressive and keeps the offense moving. She can score and will be a key to the Raiders' transition game.

Janice Yoo, Mount Hebron, Sr., F -- Smart, quick and fast, Yoo is the spark plug of the Vikings' forward line. Last season, she fit right into the balanced offense, but this season, look for Yoo to be a top scorer.

Michelle Zick, Atholton, Sr., D -- The only starter returning to the Raiders' defense, Zick shows ability to anticipate what the attack players will do. Always consistent at center halfback, Zick has great stickwork.

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