The following are 25 high school field hockey players to watch this season in Connecticut. The list includes players representing CIAC schools and is in alphabetical order.
Norwalk, So., Forward: Extremely skilled player with a stick who will make an impact as a scorer and playmaker.
Stonington, Sr., Center-Midfielder: Led team in scoring last year to help Stonington advance to CIAC Class S semifinals. Also standout softball player.
Westbrook, Sr., Midfield-Forward: All-Shoreline and All-State selection last season. Playmaker can score and helped young Knights of 2017 advance to Class S quarterfinals.
Hamden, Sr., Midfielder: Two-time second-team All-SCC selection who played in Junior Select game. Extremely versatile and expected to improve on her eight goals and two assists from last season
Ridgefield, Jr., Midfielder: Division I recruit expected to make a major impact for the Tigers in the FCIAC as a scorer and playmaker.
Suffield, Sr., Midfield: UConn commit continues family legacy. Mother, Suffield coach Heather Casinghino, was standout at Nonnewaug and will be inducted into Connecticut Field Hockey Hall of Fame class. Grandmother Rebecca Waters played at Towson State.
Staples, Jr., Defender: Big reason Staples posted two shutouts and allowed only two goals during state tournament en route to second straight Class L title (co-champs with Darien in 2016).
Cheshire, Sr., Midfielder: All-State, All-SCC and New Haven Register All-Area pick had eight goals and 17 assists. Coach Eileen Wildermann said, “Mikayla comes in a tiny package, but is a fierce and tenacious competitor. She gets the job done quickly and often before opponents can react.” Considering Boston College and UConn.
Stonington, Sr., Defender: One of the top defenders in Class S and in Eastern part of the state can also contribute on offense. Key reason Stonington allowed only four goals in three Class S tournament games last season. She is also standout softball player.
Cheshire, Sr., Midfield-Defender: Second team All-SCC last season, coach Eileen Wildermann said, “Annie Is a born leader, and because of this dictates effective plays both with her consistently high level play and with her voice. Her game IQ is top notch.” She was selected a U.S. Lacrosse All-American last season and will play lacrosse at a yet to be determined college.
Darien, Sr., Midfielder: Committed to play at Dartmouth, she was a 2016 Hearst Connecticut Media field hockey MVP as a sophomore and is one of the top scorers for the Blue Wave.
Enfield, Sr., Midfielder: Heading into season she is considered to be one of the top players in the Central Connecticut Conference who will excel as a scorer and on defense.
Staples, Sr. Midfielder: Committed to play at Trinity, she is a four-year player and one of the many reasons Staples is expected to have a strong postseason.
South Windsor, Sr., Goalie: All-State selection is one of the top goalies in the CCC and in northern Connecticut overall.
Immaculate, Sr., Midfielder: All-SWC and All-Hearst Connecticut selection led Mustangs to SWC title and CIAC Class S semifinals a year ago.
Staples, Jr., Midfield-Forward: A versatile three-year player who can play many positions and will contribute on both ends of the field.
Glastonbury, Sr., Forward: All-CCC selection last season who led Tomahawks to CCC South title is expected to be one of the top offensive players in the league this season.
Greenwich, Sr., Midfielder: Committed to Columbia, she is a versatile player who can play any position. Like any elite players she plays year round, is part of USA Field Hockey’s Futures program and was selected to play in the 2017 AAU Junior Olympic Games.
North Branford, Sr., Forward: The 2017 Shoreline Conferance Player of the Year was a New Haven Register All-Area selection and led Thunderbirds to CIAC Class S title last season.
Hand, Sr., Forward: Second-team All-SCC pick last season was second leading scorer for Tigers. With Register All-Area MVP Taylor Leckey gone to prep school, Richard is expected to make a major impact on offense in the SCC and in Class M.
Hand, Jr., Midfield: Another key player on offense, she showcased her speed in the Class M final last season. Sandor grabbed a loose ball at the 35 yard line, bolted toward the net and gave Hand a 1-0 lead over New Canaan with 5:33 to go in the first half. The Tigers went on to win 2-1 for the title.
Guilford, So., Midfielder: She had seven goals and eight assists last season and coach Kitty Palmer expects her to be the Indians’ offensive leader this season.
Guilford, Sr., Defender: Second-team All-SCC last season, she is expected to be one of top defenders in league. Also contributes on offense with two goals and five assists on corners last season.
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Darien, Sr., Forward: Another top scorer for the Blue Wave with solid stick skills and speed.
Branford, Jr., Midfielder: All-State and All-SCC last year, she is a big reason on offense and defense why the talented Hornets aren’t expected to miss a beat this season even with a new coach (Pete Frye).