Field Hockey Stickhandling During her freshman season on the Centreville field hockey team, midfielder Katie Broaddus knew what it was like to have a skilled stickhandler drive right past her.
Of course, Broaddus was trying to stop players such as teammate Shannon Karl, the 2001 All-Met Player of the Year, on a daily basis.
Now the roles have changed for Broaddus, who is now the one using the quick touch to the side, a powerful charge forward or sending a sharp pass to the other side of the field that leaves opposing defenders scrambling.
"When I was a freshman on varsity all of the girls were so good at it, especially at getting the quick touches on the ball," Broaddus said. "It made me want to work at it."
Broaddus, who will play field hockey for William & Mary next fall, hones her skills by playing the sport year-round and constantly works in her front yard in an effort to stay a step ahead of the competition.
"It's funny to watch now because it has come full-circle," Centreville Coach Kim Crouse said. "Other people trying to defend against her are pretty much cones that she can just whip around. She has just so much control on her stick."
Broaddus finished last season with eight goals and eight assists and last Saturday had the game-winning assist against W.T. Woodson, as Centreville became the first Virginia Northern Region team to beat the defending AAA state champions in 34 games. Centreville was also the last team to beat the Cavaliers, a 3-1 decision on September 8, 2002.
Broaddus's extra stick work has directly led to more confident play on the field, where her playmaking gives her team an advantage.
"It's a lot more fun. From seeing where you started to where you are now, knowing that you were that person that got beat all the time," Broaddus said. "Now you're able to pull around people, it's good."