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Athlete Worth Watching: Maddy Ulery

Feb 06, 2014 03:21PM ● By Cate Reynolds

South River senior midfielder Maddy Ulery has enjoyed plenty of success during her six years of playing field hockey and doesn’t look to stop now.

In her junior year, the Seahawks defeated Catonsville to capture the 4A State Championship. This came after defeating their rival Severna Park Falcons in the 4A East Championship, avenging a State Championship loss to them in 2011. Ulery’s performance in her junior season earned her second team All-County honors.

“We had a great team last year,” Ulery says. “We were all so close and it was just a great way to end the season.” In 2013, Ullery and the Seahawks made it all the way to the MPSSAA Section II Finals, falling to Broadneck 2-1.

Ulery’s success and postseason appearances look to continue once she graduates high school. She has committed to play fi eld hockey for the University of Maryland, a school that has captured five NCAA Championships in the last nine years, the last coming in 2011. “It just seemed like the perfect fi t for me and I really wanted to be able to challenge myself and play a high level of hockey,” she says.

Even better for Ulery, she is already familiar with her future Terrapin teammates. She also competes for the Freedom Hockey club team, coached by Maryland players and former Olympian Sarah Dawson.

“I look up to [Dawson] a lot. She teaches us cool, new things. I learn a lot of new things about fi eld hockey through her and through all of them because of [the coaches’] high level of skill.”

She has been attending Terps field hockey games since she started playing the sport in the seventh grade because of their locale, skill level, and championship pedigree. After college, she wants to work in an elementary school as a speech therapist and is contemplating majoring in speech pathology or entering the University of Maryland undecided. Ulery keeps busy by working with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at South River and by volunteering at Brightview Senior Living in Edgewater.

-Jake Russell