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Field Hockey Player of the Year: Kendall Kuntz, Garrison Forest, goalie, senior

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Kendall Kuntz

Garrison Forest, goalie, senior

As the Grizzlies crafted what team officials believe is the first perfect season in school history, Kuntz served as a shield in goal.

"Playing this season just meant the world to me," said Kuntz, who was sidelined most of last year with a broken foot. "I've dedicated myself to field hockey since sixth grade, and to have to sit out last season with a fluke injury and not be able to help my teammates was hard. Now, to come back and for us to have a season like this is incredible."

This season, Kuntz stopped 95.7 percent of opponents' shots for Garrison Forest (21-0), which won the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference title for the fifth time in six years.

Grizzlies co-coaches Traci Davis and Leigh McDonald Hall noted that opposing teams got off only 70 shots in 21 games and credited Kuntz's verbal communication skills with the defenders in front of her for that statistic. Kuntz, who will play field hockey in college at Columbia University, praised her teammates' defense.

"I always think it is better if my teammates know where opposing players are behind them," Kuntz said. "But I had great defense in front of me. They worked as hard as they could. When it got past them, I just did what I needed to do."

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