December 4, 2010
More bows for keeper Brown
Honors pile up for CHS junior
Cortland High junior goalkeeper Maggie Brown has earned more field hockey honors.
Shortly after making the OHSL Division II West first team for the third straight year in recognition of her performance this past season, her fourth at the varsity level, Brown has been named to both the Section 3 All-State squad and the Section 3 All-Star team. She earned the latter for the second year in a row.
Brown backstopped the Purple Tigers to a 10-2 league record this season, good for second place behind state Class C champion Cazenovia, and an 11-5 overall mark. She compiled a 1.36 goals-against average while playing in all 16 of CHS’s games, recording seven shutouts and making 143 saves on the season with a save percentage of .855.
She was joined on the All-State team by Baldwinsville senior midfielder Emily Brissenden, RFA junior midfielder Kaysie Gregory, Camden junior attack Kianne Hinkle, Cazenovia senior midfielder Belle Hoagland, Camden senior midfielder Megan Keil, Liverpool sophomore midfielder Emma Lamison, Fayetteville-Manlius senior midfielder Kendra Napierala, Canastota junior midfielder Jessica Patterelli, RFA senior back Stacie Skidmore, Cicero-North Syracuse senior attack Alaina Stojkovski, Liverpool senior goalkeeper Tess Tracy, Baldwinsville senior attack Lindsay Varga, Cazenovia junior attack Jillian Vogl and Cazenovia senior midfielder Tori Widrick.
Those 15 players all made the All-Section 3 team, along with Camden junior midfielder Aubrey Coon, RFA junior goalkeeper Danielle Famolaro, Ilion senior attack Emily Gilman, Holland Patent senior defender Elizabeth Hayes, New Hartford senior defender Chloe Hutchinson, Sauquoit Valley junior goalkeeper Jessica Jecko, New Hartford senior midfielder Andrea Keady, RFA senior back Nikki Kieffer, Baldwinsville senior attack Natalie Lynch, Liverpool senior midfielder/back Alyssa Mills, Clinton senior goalkeeper Rachel Moccaldi, Little Falls junior midfielder Ashleigh Stephenson, Morrisville-Eaton junior attack Kate Verne, New York Mills senior midfielder Becki Vivacqua and Morrisville-Eaton junior midfielder Shelby Widger.
“Maggie is an excellent all-around athlete with a strong competitive desire,” Cortland High coach Jamie Brown said of her daughter, who is also an honor student and a standout guard on the Purple Tigers’ basketball squad that won a Section 3 Class A title a year ago. “These attributes are invaluable at the goalkeeper position. She uses her athletic ability to make an impact in every game she plays. Her style of play is not normally seen at the high school level. In addition to the easy plays she makes very athletic plays as well. She can go toe-to-toe with the best players. She rises to the challenge when facing stiff competition. It seems the bigger the game, the better she plays. This fall our games against Cazenovia, Whitney Point and the sectional semifinal game (against New Hartford) were classic examples.
“She works hard in the off season to develop and hone her skills. She has participated in Futures for three years and has been selected to the National Futures Championship every year at the national training center in Virginia Beach. She did not allow a single goal at NFCs this past June against top players from the country. Her team placed fifth out of 16 teams from across the United States in the tournament. Other team members included Tori Widrick from Cazenovia and Jaime Dean of Whitney Point. Futures is a training program sponsored by the United States Field Hockey Association. In 2009 Maggie was chosen to play in the Junior Olympics at the University of Iowa.”
Her coach noted that Maggie Brown also plays club hockey in the winter with the CNY team, which has qualified to play in the National Indoor Tournament every year she has been on the squad.
“Indoor is a fast-paced version of hockey played on a gym floor,” Coach Jamie Brown said. “From a goalkeeping perspective it helps quicken reactions. Other events Maggie has played in include the Disney Showcase and the Empire State Games.”
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