The 2017 New Haven Register All-Area Field Hockey Team. Compiled by Joe Morelli. Portraits by Arnold Gold. Designed by Sean Patrick Bowley.
Stats: Led the team with 16 goals and 16 assists. Distributes the ball, she is the team’s playmaker on penalty corners and defends the middle of the field. She shut down New Canaan’s use of the middle of the field in the Class M championship game (2-1 win).
Honors: Two-time first team All-State, All-SCC and All-Area pick, SCC championship game MVP.
Off the field: Honor roll student, SCC Sportsmanship Conference representative, also plays softball.
Stats: Nuhn credits her players and assistant coaches Lori Connelly, Evaun Boatman and Kathy Galdenzi for the Thunderbirds’ success. Nuhn led her team to a dream season with a 2-1 overtime win in the Shoreline Conference tournament final, 2-1 win over Granby in the CIAC Class S championship game and a 21-0-1 final record. The team dominated both ends of the field outscoring opponents 74-14. Nuhn, whose coaching career spans four decades, believes team unity and a family philosophy were the key ingredients for the impressive season.
Honors: Also was a Register All-Area Coach of the Year in 2006 and is a CHSCA Hall of Fame inductee.
Off the field: A retired North Branford teacher, she is involved with the Unified Sports program at North Branford Intermediate School. Former gymnastics and softball coach at North Branford.
Stats: Had 10 goals and seven assists. Led the Hilltoppers to the Fairchester Athletic Association tournament semifinals.
Honors: Two-time Western New England Prep School Athletic Conference All-Star and first team All-FAA.
Off the field: Leader of Sports for Service club which raises money for charities, Pathfinder middle school student tutor, captain of Hopkins lacrosse team.
Up next: Will attend Wake Forest but won’t play field hockey.
Stats: Had 23 goals and 15 assists and ended up with 66 goals (school record) and 31 assists for her career. Had two goals in a 6-0 win over Avon in the Class M quarterfinals. Led Indians to a 16-4-1 record.
Honors: Two-time first team All-State and All-SCC, three-time All-Area, SCC Player of the Year, Barbara Longstreth Award, past girls lacrosse All-Area selection.
Off the field: Volunteer coach youth lacrosse and field hockey, soup kitchen volunteer, honor student, Business club.
Up next: Will play field hockey at UConn.
Stats: Had 20 goals and eight assists. Often transitioned to midfield when needed and was the Hornets’ main option on corners. Led the Hornets to the SCC tournament final (lost to Hand 4-2 on penalty strokes in OT) and to the Class M semifinals.
Honors: First team coaches All-State and All-SCC selection.
Off the field: Honor student.
Stats: Her speed allowed her to be one of the top scorers and playmakers for the Rams with eight goals and 17 assists. Led the Rams to a 15-2-1-2 record and the Class L quarterfinals where they lost 2-1 to eventual champion Staples.
Honors: First team All-SCC and All-State, three-time SCC Scholar Athlete, voted the team’s best offensive player the last two seasons.
Off the field: National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, Best Buddies club, usher at church, next year’s president of the Anti-Bullying club, also plays lacrosse, member of Nor’easter travellacrosse and HTC field hockey club, selected Rams co-captain for next season’s field hockey team.
Stats: The defensive midfielder had three goals and eight assists. One of the big reasons SHA had a 6-0 shutout over Woodstock Academy in the Class M first round. Led Sacred Heart Academy to a 9-7-2-1 record.
Honors: First team All-State and All-SCC, first team All-State All-Academic.
Off the field: Class president, National Charity League member, captain of the girls lacrosse team.
Stats: Made 201 saves, had three shutouts and led the Tigers to an 8-9-0-1 record. Had nine saves in a 1-0 win over Suffield in the first round of the M tournament,
Honors: First team All-State and All-SCC, All-Academic selection.
Off the field: National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, president of Medical Minds club, Sage Colleges Book Award Recipient, Intern at Middlesex Center for Advanced Orthopedic Surgery and Midstate Medical Center, officer of Students Against Destructive Decisions and Peer Ministry.
Up next: Applied early decision for Skidmore College and hopes to play field hockey there.
Stats: Three-year starter led Hand to the SCC tournament title with five saves, led Hand to the Class M title (three saves in 2-1 win over New Canaan) and a 20-1-2 record. Had 12 shutouts and a .876 save-percentage.
Honors: Second team coaches All-State and All-SCC selection.
Off the field: Smiles for Smilow club, Village Mountain Mission club, volunteer coach for Women and Family Life Center running program, Yale summer internship program, goalie for the Hand girls ice hockey team.
Stats: Had seven goals and seven assists. The team’s rusher on corners, in the Class S final she disrupted all of Granby’s corners as North Branford went on to win 2-1 for the title. Helped lead North Branford to a 2-1 OT win over Valley Regional in the Shoreline Conference tournament final.
Honors: First team All-Shoreline Conference and All-State pick, Academic All-American.
Off the field: National Honor Society president, member of the student council, also plays ice hockey and girls lacrosse.
Stats: Sweeper had nine goals, a single-season school record for defenders, and eight assists. She led the Indians to the CIAC Class M semifinals where they lost 2-1 to eventual champion Hand. Led Indians to a 16-4-1 record.
Honors: First team All-State and All-SCC selection.
Off the field: Volunteer Honor student, cast in the school’s musical this year, competes in discus and shot put for the Guilford track and field team.
Stats: As a center back she was the leading goal scorer for the Rams with 12 goals and also had eight assists. Coach Eileen Wildermann called her the backbone of the team. Led the Rams to the Class L quarterfinals where they lost 2-1 to eventual champion Staples. Honors: First team All-SCC, second team All-State, team MVP, SCC Scholar Athlete.
Off the field: Vice president FBLA, youth coach for the town basketball program, also plays for the girls basketball and girls lacrosse teams.
Stats: Had 29 goals and five assists Staples. Scored both goals, including the game-winner in overtime, in a 2-1 win over Valley Regional in the Shoreline Conference tournament final. In the CIAC Class S final, she scored early in the second half to tie the game at 1 and North Branford went on to beat Granby 2-1 for the title.
Honors: First team All-Shoreline Conference and All-State, Shoreline Conference Player of the Year.
Off the field: Honor roll, member of the student council, Wounded Warriors club, also plays softball.
Stats: Had 10 goals and 30 assists and led the Green Dragons to a 10-7-1-1 record. Best game came in a 4-3 regular-season overtime win over Lauralton Hall, where she had three assists and the game-winning goal in OT.
Honors: First team All-SCC and All-State pick, All-State Academic team, NFHCA National Academic team and scholar of distinction, All-State and All-SCC for last season’s girls ice hockey team.
Off the field: Captain of this season’s girls ice hockey team, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, House Leadership Council, volunteer at youth hockey clinic, youth baseball coach, also plays softball.
Stats: Had seven goals and 19 assists. She was Hand’s rusher on defensive corners and impacted the games in this position against Guilford in the CIAC Class M semifinals (2-1 win) and New Canaan (2-1 win) in the Class M final, blocking several strong corner shots on goal at crucial times in both games. In the SCC tournament final, after the teams played to a scoreless tie through OT, produced the clinching score on her penalty stroke, giving Hand a 4-2 win in penalty strokes over Branford for the title.
Honors: First team All-State and All-SCC selection.
Off the field: Honor student, Peer advocates, Choices club, snowboarder, plays for HTC club hockey, captain of softball team.
Up Next: Will play field hockey at Stonehill.
Stats: The four-year starter had five goals and 11 assists this season. Coach Cathy McGuirk said she is the best defensive player she has ever coached in over 30 seasons on the job. Intense and skilled, she played on both offensive and defensive corners. Helped lead the Hornets to the SCC tournament final and to the Class M semifinals.
Honors: First team All-State and All-SCC, selected All-Area for girls lacrosse.
Off the field: National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, plays lacrosse.