Player of the Year
When Urbana High field hockey coach A.J. Stuart gave birth to her daughter Molly, the first words out of her mouth were, “Look at that beautiful field hockey player.”
Blessed with an athletic pedigree, Molly has excelled at the sport throughout her life and is the Gazette’s Player of the Year.
Molly Stuart is the most dominant player in Frederick County. She posted a county-high 56 points (22 goals, 14 assists) during her senior campaign and helped Urbana advance to its first regional final. Last summer, she was selected to the National Futures championships, a regional group of elite players who participated in a five-day tournament at the United States National Training Center in Virginia Beach.
She is being recruited by Kent State University (Ohio), College of the Holy Cross (Mass.) Shippensburg University (Pa.) and The Catholic University of America (D.C.), said her coach/mother.
“She has been a joy to coach because she out-hustles everyone on the field, she rises to the occasion for our big games and manages to find a way to put the ball in the goal,” A.J. Stuart said. “She has tremendous work ethic and, most importantly, is a true team player. As a leader this season, she made my job as a coach easy.
“Sharing my passion for the game with her has been one of my greatest joys over the past four years. I can't wait to watch her compete at the next level.”
Coach of the Year
The only coach the Hawks have ever had guided them to their first regional final, where they fell to Westminster 2-0 in the Class 3A West title game. Urbana finished 11-4.
Midfielder/forward was the Lions leading scorer with 11 goals to go along with four assists.
Goaltender was the best in the county, averaging 13 saves per game and posting two shutouts.
Midfielder/forward was dangerous up front, registering nine goals and two assists.
Midfielder/forward was a complete player, leading the Titans on both ends of the pitch and finished with three goals and four assists.
Midfielder/forward contributed six goals and five assists while also frequently marking the opposing team’s best player.
Defender was one of the best at helping to protect her team’s net.
Defender was the Cougars’ co-captain, and made 50 defensive stops.
Defender was the leader of the Hawks’ stingy backfield.
Midfielder/forward was a star in her own right for the Hawks.
Midfielder/forward scored an impressive 18 goals to go with 14 assists.
Midfielder/forward paced the Knights with nine goals and seven assists.
Taylor Bowen, Urbana, junior, midfielder/forward
Ashley Carter, Catoctin, junior, midfielder/forward
Jenna Conaty, Walkersville, midfielder/forward
Rachel Fogle, Catoctin, senior, midfielder/forward
Renee Delauter, Catoctin, senior, defender
Patricia Dunford, Walkersville, senior, defender
Maria Ginebra, Middletown, junior, defender
Lindsey Lawrence, Linganore, junior, midfielder/forward
Kate Kraft, Urbana, junior, midfielder/forward
Elizabeth Pardo, Walkersville, sophomore, defender
Kate Russo, Linganore, senior, goaltender
Katie Davis, Catoctin; Olivia Woods, Frederick; Mary Reich, Gov. Thomas Johnson; Clare O’Connor, Gov. Thomas Johnson; Karina Stetsyuk, Gov. Thomas Johnson; Rachel Ingram, Gov. Thomas Johnson; Blake Gastley, Middletown; Kate Nelson, Middletown; Holly Chase, Oakdale; Melissa Dryman, Tuscarora; Brittany Foss, Tuscarora; Leslie Allen, Urbana; Amber Athey, Walkersville.