South River Seahawks

Coach: Katie Corcoran

2010 record: 15 – 2

Returning starters: 6

Key returnees: Stacey Mackintosh, Defense/Midfield, Sr.; Shannon Flanagan, Goalie, Sr.; Jennie Milligan, Forward, Jr.; Abbey Lawrence, Forward, Jr.; Taylor Bresnahan, Defense, Jr.

Top newcomers: Morgan O’Brien, Forward, Jr; Anna Wagner, Midfield, So.; Maddy Ulery, Midfield, So.

Corcoran’s outlook: “With only five seniors graduating from the 2010 South River Field Hockey team, many would think that things would look nearly the same for the 2011 season. This is not true, because every year is a new year, and there are many changes for this upcoming fall. With a new turf field in South River’s stadium, the team will have to adjust to the different playing surface, as well as a new and challenging tiered schedule. The coaches feel that the girls are up for the challenge, and we are really looking forward to a great season.

“Anne Arundel County is piloting a tiered schedule this season with the 12 high schools being separated by their county records last year. Tier 1 is Severna Park, South River and Broadneck, Tier 2 is Annapolis, Arundel, Chesapeake, North County, Northeast and Southern and Tier 3 is Meade, Old Mill and Glen Burnie. Tier 1 will play each other twice during regular season and play Tier 2 teams once.  Tier 2 teams play everyone once, while Tier 3 teams will play each other twice, play Tier 2, but Tier 1 and Tier 3 teams will never play each other.”

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