Field hockey: Players to watch

August 28, 2012|By Sandra McKee | The Baltimore Sun

Anabelle Bacon

Bryn Mawr, defender, senior

Bacon is the Mawrtians' backfield leader. With outstanding vision, the 2011 IAAM A Conference All-Star will also play up on corners as a defender.

Maggie Coccagna

Towson, midfielder, senior

Coccagna led Towson in assists last season (nine), and she shows strong, on-field leadership as the Generals' team captain. She is also a strong passer with excellent stick skills.

Linnea Gonzales

Patterson Mill, midfielder, sophomore

As a freshman, Gonzales impressed Baltimore-area coaches with her stick skills. Gonzales, who compiled 18 goals and seven assists in 2011, earned a spot on the under-17 U.S. junior national squad.

Kendall Kuntz

Garrison Forest, goalkeeper, senior

Kuntz, a 2013 Futures Elite player, returns to anchor the Grizzlies' backfield after missing most of last season due to an injury. She made 19 saves on 21 shots in three games in 2011.

Abbey Lawrence

South River, forward, senior

Lawrence had an impressive junior season with 26 goals and 10 assists. She is described as fun to watch by her coach and was an All-Metro second-team selection last season.

Liz Mata

Severna Park, goalkeeper, junior

A year older and stronger, both mentally and physically, Mata is looking to take more chances, go out farther to defend and play bigger in the net.

Morgan Philie

Glenelg, midfielder, junior

The three-year varsity starter has anchored the backfield on back-to-back state championship teams. That role will expand this season as she also steps into the receiver's role on offensive corners.

Aislinn Probst

Broadneck, forward, senior

In a balanced attack, Probst led the Bruins in overall scoring with 12 points. She is an all-around outstanding athlete, who is expected to take on a bigger role this season.

Sydney Rhodes

C. Milton Wright, goalkeeper, sophomore

The 5-foot-10 goalkeeper is muscular, fast and being recruited by Division I schools, including Syracuse and Duke. USA Field Hockey has rated Rhodes as a top goalkeeper in her age group since age 8.

Caroline Russell

Westminster, defender, senior

A key reason the Owls earned a state title last season was Russell's work on defense. An all-around player, she has a great sense of the game, impressive stick skills and patience.

Other notables:

Courtney Barnwell, Howard

Sarah Bates, Glenelg Country

Sara Beach, Towson

Jennifer Bleakney, Atholton

Haley Bowcutt, Annapolis

Taylor Burrier, Bel Air

Emma Clark, Catonsville

Kayla Devlin, Annapolis

Maeve Doherty, Severna Park

Ally Dudley, Francis Scott Key

Lyndsey Endlich, Harford Tech

Natalie Faust, Roland Park

Weezie Foster, Friends

Tori Furbay, Francis Scott Key

Maggie Gallagher, C. Milton Wright

Amanda Hoyt, Glenelg

Kelly Johnson, Glenelg Country

Yumi Kim, Meade

Kendall Law, Catonsville

Nicole Leaf, Marriotts Ridge

Regan Leavitt, Severn

Eve Lukowski, Mount de Sales

Danielle Maines, North County

Cassie Malane, South Carroll

Christina Miller, Joppatowne

Jen Miller, North Carroll

Kendal Packo, Notre Dame Prep

Olivia Reed, Friends

Sabrina Rhodes, C. Milton Wright

Rebecca Rinaca, North Harford

Julianna Shearer, Mount de Sales

Anna Slusarczyk, Liberty

Lindsay Summers, Fallston

Shelby Trentzsch, Winters Mill

Sydney Trentzsch, Winters Mill

Colby Unkle, Manchester Valley

Kat Varga, River Hill

Maggie Waxter, Roland Park

Ginger Williams, Aberdeen

Brady Wolf, McDonogh

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