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Garrison Forest midfielder Dani Mendez named Player of the Year to headline 2021 Baltimore Sun field hockey All-Metro

Garrison Forest senior midfielder Dani Mendez finished with 21 goals and eight assists, leading the Grizzlies to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship game.
Garrison Forest senior midfielder Dani Mendez finished with 21 goals and eight assists, leading the Grizzlies to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship game. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun)

Here are The Baltimore Sun’s All-Metro field hockey teams for the 2021 season.

Player of the Year

Dani Mendez, Garrison Forest, senior, midfielder

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There was no player in the Baltimore area more skilled than Mendez, and the senior proved it on the field all season for No. 3 Garrison Forest. Though virtually every opponent game-planned specifically to stop her, the midfielder finished with 21 goals and eight assists, leading the Grizzlies to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship game.

Mendez, who will continue her career at the University of Virginia, had memorable performances time and again this season, including her unassisted goal against Spalding in October that came after a 50-yard run through several defenders. She also was involved in both goals in a tight 2-1 win against McDonogh, and scored three against Notre Dame Prep and five against Good Counsel.

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“There is nothing on a field hockey pitch that Dani Mendez can’t do,” Garrison Forest coach Malcolm Belin said. “Skill-wise, she is beyond her years. She has the ability to learn new skills or tricks almost instantly. Her drive to be the best at what she does never stops and has been amazing to watch over the past four years.”

Mendez is ranked as one of the top 10 players in the nation by MAX Field Hockey and is one of just 13 players on the U.S. Women’s National Indoor Development Team.

Garrison Forest senior midfielder Dani Mendez finished with 21 goals and eight assists, leading the Grizzlies to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship game.
Garrison Forest senior midfielder Dani Mendez finished with 21 goals and eight assists, leading the Grizzlies to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship game. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun)

Coach of the Year

Carrie Vosburg, Arundel

After an 0-6 start, Vosburg’s team transformed into one of the most dominant in the Baltimore area, finishing the season with seven straight wins by a combined score of 22-3. The last was a 2-1 win over then-No. 7 River Hill in the Class 3A state championship game, giving the Wildcats their first state title.

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“The key was never giving up hope,” said Vosburg, whose teams have gone 102-49-4 during her 10 years at the helm. “I don’t know that I’ve ever coached a team where we were constantly challenged as coaches, in a good way, to change things and make adjustments. And that’s just because that’s what they needed.”

Working with assistants Kathleen Sigwart and Jenna Partilla, Vosburg helped Arundel (11-8) reload after graduating seven seniors who played major roles in an undefeated, though abbreviated, spring season.

She said players began to buy in to the team’s potential after a midseason win over Broadneck, which had beaten the Wildcats, 5-1, just three weeks earlier. From then on, they were hard to stop, scoring a pair of shutout wins over a highly ranked Crofton squad before going on to topple Howard County-power Marriotts Ridge in the state semifinals.

Outside of field hockey, Vosburg and her husband share a passion for rescuing and training dogs, and together competed at the DockDogs World Championships for canine aquatics.

Following an 0-6 start, coach Carrie Vosburg and Arundel transformed into one of the most dominant in the Baltimore area, finishing the season with seven straight wins and capturing its first state title.
Following an 0-6 start, coach Carrie Vosburg and Arundel transformed into one of the most dominant in the Baltimore area, finishing the season with seven straight wins and capturing its first state title. (Steve Ruark For Capital Gazette/Capital Gazette)

First team

Kori Edmondson, McDonogh, senior, forward

The senior, who will play lacrosse at Maryland, was the heartbeat of the Eagles’ offense, finishing with 15 goals and five assists by using her standout speed and quick stick skills to beat defenders.

Sarah Mudd, St. Paul’s, sophomore, forward

The talented sophomore led the Gators to the IAAM B Conference championship, finishing with 28 goals and 14 assists despite constantly facing double-teams and defenses geared to stop her.

Maya Everett, Broadneck, junior, midfielder

The second-year starter at center-midfield, who is committed to Maryland, finished with 11 goals and 11 assists, playing a direct role in 41% of her team’s goals this season.

Just a sophomore, AJ Eyre finished with 21 goals and 13 assists, including three goals in the county title game, and helped lead Glenelg to the Class 2A state title.
Just a sophomore, AJ Eyre finished with 21 goals and 13 assists, including three goals in the county title game, and helped lead Glenelg to the Class 2A state title. (Ulysses Muñoz/The Baltimore Sun)

AJ Eyre, Glenelg, sophomore, midfielder

Just a sophomore, Eyre finished with 21 goals and 13 assists, including three goals in the county title game, and helped lead the Gladiators to the Class 2A state title.

Katie Fichtner, Archbishop Spalding, senior, midfielder/defender

The defensive midfielder, who will continue her career at Ohio State, was involved in every aspect of the game, finishing the season with 12 goals and nine assists.

Arundel senior midfielder Lana Hamilton, a Syracuse commit, had 15 goals, 12 assists and two defensive saves for a team that overcame an 0-6 start to claim the Class 3A state championship.
Arundel senior midfielder Lana Hamilton, a Syracuse commit, had 15 goals, 12 assists and two defensive saves for a team that overcame an 0-6 start to claim the Class 3A state championship. (Terrance Williams for the Capital Gazette/Capital Gazette)

Lana Hamilton, Arundel, senior, midfielder

Dynamic both offensively and defensively, the Syracuse commit had 15 goals, 12 assists and two defensive saves for a team that overcame an 0-6 start to claim the Class 3A state championship.

Kamryn Henson, Glenelg, sophomore, midfielder

The center midfielder dominated all over the field for the Class 2A state champions, finishing with 13 goals and eight assists while also taking opponents out of the game with her defense.

Maddie Vasilios, River Hill, junior, midfielder

The Maryland commit finished with 30 goals and 11 assists against Howard County’s top competition, leading the Hawks to the Class 3A state championship game.

Severna Park senior Zoe Day anchored a defense that recorded 10 shutouts and allowed just 10 goals in 19 games and won its second straight Class 4A state title.
Severna Park senior Zoe Day anchored a defense that recorded 10 shutouts and allowed just 10 goals in 19 games and won its second straight Class 4A state title. (Brian Krista/Baltimore Sun Media)

Zoe Day, Severna Park, senior, defender

The center back, who is committed to Lehigh, anchored a defense that recorded 10 shutouts and allowed just 10 goals in 19 games and won its second straight Class 4A state title.

Becca Lawn, Archbishop Spalding, senior, defender

Lawn, who will continue her career at Miami (Ohio), anchored a defense that led the Cavaliers to the IAAM A Conference championship. She also had 10 goals and five assists along the way.

Cameron Medinger, Garrison Forest, senior, defender

The Delaware commit was the Grizzlies’ defensive stopper, anchoring a unit that produced nine shutouts and allowed just seven goals in 12 games against IAAM A Conference opponents.

Charlotte Kramer, Severna Park, junior, goalkeeper

The Boston College commit racked up 107 saves at a 92% clip, allowing just nine goals and recording 10 shutouts as the Falcons claimed the Class 4A state title.

Second team

Piper Borz, McDonogh, junior, forward

Kylie Corcoran, Crofton, sophomore, midfielder

Aly Dinmore, Arundel, junior, midfielder/defender

Ava Drexler-Amey, Severna Park, junior, midfielder

Mackenzie Feltz, Century, senior, midfielder

Natalie Freeman, Marriotts Ridge, junior, midfielder

Savanna Henderson, Fallston, senior, midfielder

Alyssa Klebasko, Garrison Forest, junior, goalkeeper

Ava Mickel, Bryn Mawr, senior, midfielder

Puja Nanjappa, River Hill, junior, midfielder/defender

Izzy Rothwell, Bryn Mawr, senior, midfielder/defender

Katherine Seal, Hereford, senior, defender

Caitlynn Szarko, Liberty, senior, forward

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