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2018 All-Metro field hockey Player of the Year: Nathalie Friedman, Notre Dame Prep

All-Metro field hockey Player of the Year Nathalie Friedman of Notre Dame Prep.
All-Metro field hockey Player of the Year Nathalie Friedman of Notre Dame Prep. (Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore Sun)

Don’t let the senior’s eye-popping offensive numbers fool you. Yes, Friedman finished this season with 27 goals and 35 assists to lead the Blazers to their second straight — and second ever — Interscholastic Association of Maryland A Conference title. But it’s her complete game, including her tenacious defense, accurate passing and team leadership, that sets this midfielder apart.

Despite often facing double and triple teams, she had a direct hand in more than half of NDP’s 121 goals and led its postseason run by scoring the game-winners in the semifinals against Archbishop Spalding and the championship game against Garrison Forest. She also showed maturity, stepping back when needed to let open teammates shine on offense.

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The four-year starter — also named The Baltimore Sun’s Player of the Year in 2017 — finished her prep career with 67 goals and 70 assists, and will take her game to Wake Forest, which recently advanced to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game. Friedman is a member of USA Field Hockey’s 2018-19 U.S. Women's National Indoor Team and under-19 National Futures Championship Stars & Stripes Elite.

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