Some athletes lead by example.
Others lead with their voice.
Brooke Morris does both and she does them well. Because of that, the Susquehannock field hockey standout was named the York-Adams League Division II Player of the Year by the league coaches.
“I was excited and kind of shocked,” Morris said of her reaction to the news. “I played against a lot of good girls (in the division).”
The senior was a critical component for the Division II champion Warriors. She led her team with 30 goals during a season in which Susquehannock finished at 11-9.
Morris, however, was more than just a talented goal-scorer. While she scored multiple goals in nine of her team’s 20 matches, she was probably just as important in helping her team rally back from an 0-4 start to the season.
Behind Morris and a handful of her teammates, the Warriors rebounded to claim the D-II title with a 9-4 mark.
“(Brooke) is a team player,” Susquehannock coach Tracey Kerr said. “She set the example for everyone on the team when it comes to work ethic and commitment to the sport. She is our team leader both on and off the field.”
Morris remembers the state of the team after starting out the season winless against tough, big-school competition. It could have deflated the Warriors.
Morris was not about to let her team dwell on the setbacks.
“I kind of talked to my team,” Morris said. “And we were all kind of frustrated and you could tell. Even at practice you could tell. Everyone seemed to be drained and frustrated. So we talked about it and we knew that a change had to happen.”
That change happened to coincide with the team’s first victory of the season, a 2-0 triumph over Spring Grove. The Warriors didn’t let up after that, winning eight more games in a row.
“Once we got that first win of the season, we kind of knew that we had big things left to do,” Morris said. “Running onto the field was a big thing. Starting the game off with intensity and having confidence in ourselves against the teams that we were playing were also important.”
Morris was also a critical player in two of her team’s top moments. Mired in a 1-1 tie with rival West York after regulation, Morris was able to score the game-winning goal just 13 seconds into the extra period.
“We won the toss and she dribbled right down the field,” Kerr said. “She went right past every single West York player and right to the goal and scored.”
The other highlight of the season was Susquehannock’s 2-1 upset of heavily favored Bermudian Springs in the York-Adams League semifinals.Trailing 1-0 against an Eagles outfit that handed the Warriors a 4-0 loss just a few weeks earlier, Morris took advantage of a pair of penalty corners. The Susquehannock forward rocketed both goals from just inside the arc.
Kerr offered high praise for Morris’ talents off of corner opportunities.
“Her corner hits were some of the best in the league,” Kerr said.
Morris was joined on the Division II all-star team by four of her teammates — Lauryn Wojcik, Emily Schertle, Kenna Hancock and Maggie Howells. Schertle is the only senior of the group. Howells and Hancock are both sophomores, while Wojcik, who scored 10 goals, is just a freshman.
Long, Wolf and Morey also named players of year: Morris was the only York County player to earn a player-of-the-year award. Kaelyn Long of New Oxford (Division I), Nicki Wolf of Bermudian (Division III) and Alexis Morey of Littlestown (Division IV) were also honored by the league coaches.
Long, a senior, scored more than 30 goals in leading the Colonials into the District 3 playoffs as the No. 2 seed.
Wolf, also a senior, scored 22 goals to go with eight assists for Bermudian. Wolf has committed to Kutztown University next season.
Morey completed her high school career in style, scoring 26 goals to go with 13 assists for the Thunderbolts.
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The entire York-Adams League field hockey all-stars are listed below:
1. PLAYER OF YEAR: Kaelyn Long, New Oxford. Senior, midfielder, four-year varsity player, scored more than 30 goals this season.
2. Molly Lohss, Dallastown. Senior, midfielder, MVP of the team, 10 goals, nine assists, three-year starter, captain.
3. Syd Terroso, Dallastown. Senior, goalie, allowed only two goals in league play, 12 shutouts, in 20 games had 62 saves and only eight goals allowed.
4. Caroline Doll, Dallastown. Senior, midfielder/back, led team with 13 goals and two assists. Had two goals in league title game.
5. Camille Lecrone, Spring Grove. Senior, goalie, had 242 saves, four-year varsity starter.
6. Emily Gillmen, Red Lion. Senior, midfielder/back, six goals, five assists, captain.
7. Breanne Sauter, New Oxford: Senior, back/forward, four-year varsity player.
8. Sarah Rilatt, Central York: Senior, center back, captain, three-year. starter, two goals, three assists.
9. Jackie Golden, Red Lion: Senior, back, two-time all-star as a center back, two goals, two assistsm, captain.
10. Sophie Beeler, Dallastown: Senior, center back.
11. Sam Collis, Red Lion: Junior, forward, 11 goals, four assists.
1. Breann Craley, Central York. Sophomore, midfielder, 11 goals, 10 assists.
2/3. Hayley Taylor, Red Lion. Junior, back, six goals, five assists.
2/3. Samantha Richards, Spring Grove. Senior, midfielder/back, two goals, three-year starter, captain, team MVP.
4. Kyra Heap, Central York. Sophomore, forward, five goals, six assists.
5. Haley Luckabaugh, New Oxford. Senior, back.
6. Kylie Good, Spring Grove. Junior, back, five defensive saves, three-year varsity player.
1. PLAYER OF YEAR: Brooke Morris, Susquehannock. Senior, center forward, captain, 30 goals, three in postseason, scored two or more goals in nine games, team MVP.
2. Ally Bentley, South Western. Senior, back/midfielder, team captain, D-I second team for two years.
3. Lauryn Wojcik, Susquehannock: Freshman, wing, 10 goals.
4. Kendra Meyer, Northeastern. Senior, midfielder, two-year captain, team MVP and team's leading scorer.
5. Jessica Sillyman, South Western. Senior, forward/midfielder, played as a forward then moved to midfield, team's second high scorer.
6. Emily Schertle, Susquehannock. Senior, back, captain.
7. Kenna Hancock, Susquehannock. Sophomore, sweeper/back.
8. Chloe Smith, West York. Senior, goalie, four-year starter, career save percentage of 89.6 percen, scored game-winning goal this year against Spring Grove.
9. Maggie Howells, Susquehannock. Sophomore, center back.
10. Erin Chubb, West York. Senior, defense, team captain, one goal.
11. Meredith Becker, Dover. Senior, midfielder.
12. Gabby Ilyes, West York. Senior, defense/midfielder, team captain, led team in assists.
1. PLAYER OF YEAR: Nicki Wolf, Bermudian. Senior, center forward, captain, 22 goals, eight assists.
2. Kailey Mixell, Gettysburg. Senior, forward, 32 goals, all-time leading scorer at Gettysburg.
3/4. Madison Hirneisen, Gettysburg. Senior, forward, captain and team co-MVP, 13 goals, 10 assists.
3/4. Elena Montenegro, Gettysburg, Senior, midfielder, team co-MVP.
5/6. Olivia Blasone, Bermudian. Junior, center/midfielder, 15 goals, nine assists.
5/6. Tia Judy, Eastern York. Senior, forward, 16 goals, eight assists.
7. Ashley Kunkle, Bermudian. Junior, right wing, six goals, nine assists.
8. Brooke Zehr, Bermudian. Senior, left wing, 16 goals, two assists.
9. Taylor Tuhy, Gettysburg. Senior, center/back.
10. Renee Gering, Kennard-Dale. Senior, defender, two goals, four assists, captain.
11. Allison Wolf, Bermudian. Junior, right back.
1. Morgan Bowings, Kennard-Dale. Junior, forward, 12 goals, nine assists, captain.
2. Lydia Massa, Eastern York. Senior, back.
3. Morgan Buckwalter, Eastern York. Senior, left wing, eight goals, five assists.
4, Holly Caldwell, Eastern York. Senior, right wing, five goals.
1. PLAYER OF YEAR: Alexis Morey, Littlestown, Senior, forward/midfielder, 26 goals, 13 assists, six defensive saves.
2. Mikayla McCleaf, Delone. Senior, forward, captain, three-year starter, 10 goals, three assists.
3. Brigid Costello, Littlestown. Junior, midfielder, six goals, eight assists.
4. Lindsey Snyder, Littlestown. Senior, defense.
5/6. Avery Martz, Hanover. Junior, offense,19 goals, two assists.
5/6. Liz Burke, Biglerville. Senior, midfielder, four goals, five assists.
7/8. Brice Gardner, Biglerville. Senior, forward, 10 goals, seven assists.
7/8. Sierra Frock, Biglerville. Senior, goalie, faced 293 shots on goal, saved 226, a 77 percent save rate.
9. Arianna Grabowicz, Littlestown. Goalie, freshman, 96 saves (79 percent save rate), never allowed more than three goals in a game, five shutouts.
10. Jacqie Devlin, Fairfield. Senior, midfielder, six goals, six assists.
11. Nicole Braun, Delone. Sophmore, goalie, 89 saves.
1. Alivia Franco, Fairfield. Sophmore, defense, one goal, one assist.
2. Saige Stevens, Hanover. Sophmore, goalie, 139 saves.
3. Becca Moyer, Fairfield. Senior, defense, one goal.
4. Bailey Selman, Fairfield. Sophmore, midfielder/forward, one goal, five assists.
5. Makenzie Neiderer, Fairfield. Sophmore, goalie, 209 saves out of 304 shots.