2018 Baltimore-area field hockey players to watch

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Players to watch

Sam Aljets

C. Milton Wright, forward, senior

Using an array of clean stick skills and the ability to win one-on-one breakaways, Aljets had 22 goals and 14 assists to lead the Mustangs into the Class 3A state title game. She returns as one of the area’s premier finishers.

Rachel Borzymowski

Notre Dame Prep, defender, senior

She was the leader of a dominant defensive group that allowed eight goals last season while recording 11 shutouts as the Blazers finished 18-0 to claim their first Interscholastic Association of Maryland A Conference title. She also frequently turned defense into offense, finishing with seven goals and five assists.

Grace Fenner

Liberty, goalie, senior

As a junior, Fenner had 127 saves while allowing just 11 goals for a lofty .920 save percentage, leading the Lions to a 13-4 record. The Arcadia commit, who has started since her freshman year, had eight shutouts last season and has led her team to a 29-6 record over the past two years.

Rachel Fleig

Chesapeake-AA, forward, senior

Fleig, an Appalachian State commit, had a dominant junior season, notching 15 goals and 17 assists — the most in Anne Arundel County — to lead the Cougars to their second straight Class 3A state title. Standout stick work and dodging skills give her a commanding presence on the forward line.

Nathalie Friedman

Notre Dame Prep, midfielder, senior

The reigning All-Metro Player of the Year finished with 22 goals and 19 assists to lead her team to an 18-0 record, a No. 1 ranking in The Baltimore Sun and its first IAAM A Conference title. Friedman, committed to Wake Forest, earned a spot on the United States women’s national indoor team, and in June became one of 38 players selected for December’s junior national team training camp.

McKenzie Jamison

South River, defender, senior

Jamison, a Salisbury commit, provided a dominant defensive presence for the Seahawks last season, leading them to their second straight Class 4A state championship. She helped her team to seven shutouts, and contributed two goals and seven assists.

Margot Lawn

Archbishop Spalding, forward, senior

A member of the 2018 U.S. under-17 women's national team, Lawn, who is committed to Louisville, finished with 28 goals and seven assists for the Cavaliers last season, including seven game-winners. She dominated on both ends, making the defensive stop, then using her standout elimination skills to drive down the field and finish with a powerful shot.

Veronica Maring

Westminster, midfielder, senior

After moving from forward to center midfield last season, Maring began to dominate at both ends of the field, finishing with seven goals and 16 assists and leading the Owls to the Carroll County title. She is the engine that makes the county’s top team run.

Megan Munley

Broadneck, forward, senior

The Maryland commit finished 2017 with seven goals and eight assists, leading the Bruins to an 8-4-1 mark and a No. 9 area ranking. Munley, who has started since her freshman year, was a force all over the field, serving as her team's inserter on corners, rush/trail on corner defense, top stroker and setup player on attack.

Katelyn Whittle

McDonogh, forward, senior

Recovered from a shattered jaw that kept her out for the majority of last season, Whittle, an Ohio commit, will be a powerful force on the Eagles’ front line. She had 15 goals and five assists as a sophomore, and is hungry to again contribute.

Other notables

Jillian Ansell, McDonogh

Georgia Beachley, C. Milton Wright

Hailey Blachly, Severna Park

Makayla Black, Francis Scott Key

Grace Bruce, Century

Darcy Clement, South River

Allison Corey, South River

Mae Dickens, Dulaney

Camille Donaghey, Severna Park

Leighton Eber, St., Paul's

Emily Eckels, Broadneck

Suzanne Edwards, Francis Scott Key

Heidi Ellis, Liberty

Pyper Friedman, Notre Dame Prep

Jenny Giampalmo, Glenelg

Taylor Glover, Manchester Valley

Christine Goetz, Liberty

Sophia Hartman, Broadneck

Kathryn Hoffman, Glenelg

Leigh James, Garrison Forest

Emily Kain, Century

Katie Keane, Arundel

Olivia Kenny, Notre Dame Prep

Quinn Kindbom, River Hill

Caroline Kral, River Hill

Jenna McDermott, South Carroll

Hannah McKeon, Chesapeake-AA

Meredith Medvetz, Notre Dame Prep

Allie Mercer, Dulaney

Alex Miller, Severna Park

Haleigh Moore, Westminster

Emma Nesbitt, Garrison Forest

Teresa Pelli, Broadneck

Sara Pique, Arundel

Meghan Radnoff, South Carroll

Kaiya Sabur, Old Mill

Emma Schettig, McDonogh

Lila Slattery, Severna Park

Cecilia Slaughter, Bryn Mawr

Eve Vickery, Chesapeake-AA

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