CHESTERTOWN — Freshman forward Kat Esposito of Severna Park, who led Washington in goals and points, has been named rookie of the year in voting by the Centennial Conference 11 head field hockey coaches.
Esposito (Severna Park High School) landed on the all-conference second team and sophomore midfielder/defender Kate Gromacki (Forest Hill, John Carroll) received honorable mention in all-star voting.
Junior Kyra Heap (York, Pa.) represented Washington on the conference’s All-Sportsmanship Team.
Coach Annie Kietzman said all-star recognition in one of the toughest conferences in NCAA Division III — Centennial champion Johns Hopkins (22-1) is the 2021 national runner-up — is an honor for the Washington program and a testament to the hard work of the athletes selected.
“It is exciting to have two young athletes earning all-conference recognition, and I know that if they continue to commit to their own development and the development of our program that this will only be the start of great careers,” Kietzman said in a news release.
Esposito is the second Washington field hockey player to be named CC rookie of the year; Kailyn Brandt was the first in 2017.
Her 13 goals established a single-season program record for freshmen, and included game-winners against conference rivals McDaniel and Muhlenberg.
Her lone assist came in the 3-2 loss to then-No. 10 ranked Ursinus here on Oct. 2.
Esposito appeared in all 17 games with 16 starts for Washington (2-8 CC, 6-11 overall).
Gromacki, who started all 17 games, was a two-way star. She totaled three goals, including game-winners against in-state opponents Hood and Notre Dame of Maryland.
Heap, who also started all 17 games, made a smooth transition to a defensive position in the midfield.
Kietzman said Heap is “the ultimate competitor,” focused, fit and eager to be challenged. She competes hard but always with a smile on her face and respect for her teammates, her opponents and herself.