Lady Cavs rule regional honors
Published 10:28 pm Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Lakeland’s field hockey team placed six players on the 2010 All-Eastern Region team, all on the region’s first team, led by senior Kelsey Smither winning Player of the Year and head coach Tara Worley being honored as the Coach of the Year.
Smither, a midfielder, set a new national record for assists in a four-year high school career. Smither broke the record two matches ago and she has 119 assists as a Lady Cavalier through Tuesday’s win for Lakeland in the state quarterfinals.
Smither’s committed to a scholarship offer from Old Dominion. She’s already earned spots onto U.S. Junior National Teams, at the U19 and U21 levels, for 2011.
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Worley coached the Lady Cavaliers to their first Eastern Region championship last week. In her 12th season, she’s led Lakeland to 11 straight Southeastern District regular season titles and 10 straight district tournament titles. This season is Lakeland’s second straight trip to the VHSL Group AAA State Tournament.
Seniors Kendell Combs, Jennifer Hedrick, Taylor Young and Megan Johnson earned first-team honors, as did freshman defender Kristen Vick. Vick is the only freshman on the first or second team.
The Lady Cavaliers (21-0) face Stafford (23-0), the Northern Region champion, in a state semifinal match Friday at 1 p.m. at Virginia Beach’s U.S. Field Hockey National Training Center.
All-Eastern Region field hockey
Lauren Cheatham Denbigh, sr.
Kendell Combs Lakeland, sr.
Jessica Diaz Western Branch, sr.
Casey Dinardo Cox, jr.
Jennifer Hedrick Lakeland, sr.
Brooke Hiltz First Colonial, so.
Kristen Reitano Princess Anne, jr.
Amy Abernathy Princess Anne, sr.
Carly Atchison Cox, sr.
Tollie Bell Maury, sr.
Emily Leonard First Colonial, jr.
Kelsey Smither Lakeland, sr.
Taylor Young Lakeland, sr.
Blair George Princess Anne, sr.
Megan Johnson Lakeland, sr.
Ellen Ross First Colonial, so.
Bianca Velez Kellam, sr.
Kristen Vick Lakeland, fr.
Megan Hept Hickory, Sr.
Player of the year
Kelsey Smither, Lakeland
Coach of the year
Tara Worley, Lakeland