Corders cornered all-North honors a year ago
“She used to play softball when she was younger, which she still should have played in my opinion, ‘cause I taught her how to play that and pitch and all that stuff … you know to try and be like her mother,” Shana said with a laugh.
Gabrielle Corder stopped playing softball at 11, but her ability to hit a ball never left her, especially when it came to striking the ball in field hockey.
“She could always hit the ball extremely hard,” Shana Corder said. “But she got that from that softball swing. So when she first started rec (field hockey) at nine she hit the ball so hard at such a young age that a lot of people were scared of her. So I put her at midfield so she could just drive the ball up. And then she loves to run, and all you do in that spot is run. So she’s just never left that spot.”
From her center-midfield position, Gabrielle Corder last year helped Queen Anne’s County to a spot it had never been to before in field hockey — the North Bayside Division championship. That title, along with her 18 goals and 14 assists, helped earn her the North Bayside Player of the Year, as voted on by the division’s coaches.
“She was the key to our offense (last) year,” Shana Corder said of Gabrielle. “As a coach I always thought defense wins championships, which I still feel that they do. However, I thought having a strong midfield as Gabrielle and Paige (Mitchell) as her back just made up so much offensively (last) year.