Seventeen student-athletes earn NFHCA High School Player of the Month honors in October

GILBERT, Ariz. — Seventeen field hockey student-athletes have been named their state's National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) High School Player of the Month for October.


Averi Brayton, Davis Senior High School

  • In October, Averi scored nine goals and had 15 assists for 33 points


Sloane Murphy, Colorado Academy

  • In October, Sloane contributed 42 points to Colorado Academy with 15 goals and 12 assists
  • Sloane had several defensive saves and two of her 15 goals came from penalty strokes


Ava Galdenzi, North Branford High School

  • In October, Ava scored 13 times and averaged 4.5 points per game


Sydney Keld, Caravel Academy

  • In October, Sydney contributed to Caravel Academy as a goal scorer and a play maker — she scored 12 goals and had 12 assists


Alexandra Morgan, North Shore Country Day School

  • In October, Alexandra scored 16 times and had five assists for 37 points


India Reed, DuPont Manual High School

  • In DuPont's October postseason run, India scored seven goals and assisted on eight
  • India was selected as Kentucky's Miss Field Hockey, an award given to the best player in the state as voted on by coaches


Erin Coughlin, Brunswick High School

  • In October, Erin contributed immensely to her team, generating attack with her aerial passes and assisting on goals
  • Her dedication is what sets her apart from other players — Erin experienced kidney failure and regularly throughout October she participated in practice and games, then went home to receive dialysis treatment for nine or more hours,
  • Erin helped organize a Kidney Disease and Living Donation Awareness game and also helped distribute Kidney Disease and Living Donation Awareness to every Class A North team in Maine
  • Erin received a new kidney on October 10, the day after her Senior Game


Emma Jeffries, Arundel High School

  • In October, Emma played an important role for her team in contentious matches — she scored the game-winner against defending Maryland state champion, Chesapeake, and scored a goal, had an assist and a defensive save in Arundel's win over Notre Dame Prep


Natalie Brown, Nashoba Regional High School

  • In October, Natalie had 16 goals and seven assists for 39 points
  • On October 5, Natalie reached 100 career points — she is the first player from her high school to reach this milestone


Allison Sabb, Ann Arbor Huron

  • In October, Allison scored 15 goals and had one assist
  • She was an important factor in Huron's Michigan state championship — Allison scored two goals to send her team to the championship game and scored in the final to help secure the win

New Jersey

Ellie Decker, West Essex High School

  • In October, Ellie had six goals and an impressive 17 assists
  • She currently ranks third on her high school's all-time leading scorer list

New York

Taryn Ringer, Johnstown High School

  • In October, Taryn had 14 goals and five assists
  • This season, Taryn broke her school's single-season goal record which previously stood at 39 goals

North Carolina

Anne Sutton Orndorff, Charlotte Latin School

  • As a defender, Anne helped her team on both sides of the ball by assisting on seven goals and leading a defense that only allowed 10 goals all season — her team's season culminated in a state championship


Sarah Charley, Thomas Worthington

  • In October, Sarah scored 14 goals and assisted on eight others for 36 points
  • On October 8, Sarah scored her 100th career goal


Isabel O'Connor, Casady

  • Isabel is a leader for Casady on and off the field, her two assists, excellent ball handling skills and positive attitude have guided her team to a successful season


Mackenzie Allessie, Donegal High School

  • On October 16, Mackenzie scored her 329th career goal, setting a new National Federation of High Schools record — she also holds the records for career points and single-season goals
  • So far this season, Mackenzie has scored 109 goals for her Donegal


Morgan Merritt, Menchville High School

  • In October, Morgan had 15 goals and seven assists for 37 points across six games
  • Morgan holds her school's record for career assists and career points — in October, she broke her school's career goal record as well

States not appearing on this list had no nominations in this nomination cycle.

The online nomination system for November's High School Player of the Month opens today, the deadline to submit nominations is November 21, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. (EST). The High School Players of the Month for November will be announced on November 28, 2018. Players in state's that have no games scheduled in November will not be considered for the November High School Player of the Month award.