All-Metro field hockey Player of the Year: Nathalie Friedman, Notre Dame Prep

For The Baltimore Sun

A top performer on both sides of the field, junior midfielder Nathalie Friedman finished with 22 goals and 19 assists, leading the Blazers to an 18-0 record, the No. 1 area ranking and their first Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference title.

Offensively, the Wake Forest recruit used her standout skills and high field hockey IQ to drive her team's attack, becoming one of the league's most difficult players to guard while often fighting through double and triple teams.

But Friedman also gave up the chance to pad her stats by stepping up on defense, routinely being called upon to shut down opponents' top scoring threats.

She was a key reason her team outscored opponents 78-8 and finished with a No. 15 national ranking by MAX Field Hockey.

A five-time National Futures Championship and three-time Junior Olympic participant, Friedman in September was selected as an alternate for the 2017 U.S. women's national indoor team in addition to her role on the Under-19 women's national indoor team.

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