HockomockSports.com has published its listing of Field Hockey Players to Watch for the fall 2022 season. We share the FHS athlete and link to the full listing below.
KAITLYN CARNEY, SENIOR – FRANKLIN
Franklin is coming off a dominant, historic season and Carney was the driving force behind the Panthers winning a third straight league title and reaching their first state semifinal. The reigning HockomockSports.com Player of the Year led the league in scoring for the second straight season, and the 55 goals she accounted for (37 goals and 18 assists) was more than all but two other teams. Carney is known for her intensity in the midfield, tracking back to win possession and then turning it instantly into attack. Her physicality is tough for teams to match and she has a powerful shot that makes her a threat anywhere in the circle. With strong stick skills to get past defenders and the vision to get the ball to her teammates around the cage, Carney draws the attention of all opposing defenders and opens up space for the rest of the team to attack. Franklin will be eyeing another Kelley-Rex title and another deep tournament run and Carney will again be the engine in the Panthers midfield to push the team forward.
SHAW DOWNING, SENIOR – FRANKLIN
Last season, Franklin scored 124 goals, which was more than double the next highest total (Attleboro’s 61). Downing was one of the players that stepped up and propelled the Panthers on a historic run to their first state semifinal. A clever finisher around the cage and an aggressive attacker who will pounce on any loose ball, Downing scored 20 goals and added nine assists last season, finishing sixth in the league in scoring. With a strong shot that makes her a threat anywhere in the circle, Downing seems to have an innate sense of where the ball is going to rebound and the quickness to jump on the chance when it comes her way. Franklin will be seeking a fourth straight league title this year and Downing’s goal scoring should have the Panthers confident that they can add another deep tournament run as well.
For the full listing of players to watch in the Hockomock League