Martin, Emrhein, St. John receive All-State honors

By on December 23, 2014
Despite battling a leg injury the entire fall, Warwick senior midfielder Jamie Martin (right) earned First-Team All-State Triple-A honors, scoring seven goals and adding 10 assists.

Despite battling a leg injury the entire fall, Warwick senior midfielder Jamie Martin (right) earned First-Team All-State Triple-A honors, scoring
seven goals and adding 10 assists.

Warwick seniors Jaycie St. John (left) and Marleise Emrheim (right) were both named All-State Second-Team players.

Warwick seniors Jaycie St. John (left) and Marleise Emrheim (right) were both named All-State Second-Team players.

Next fall, when Warwick’s Jamie Martin, Marleise Emrhein and Jaycie St. John arrive on their respective college campuses to play Division-One field hockey, they will have an impressive honor attached to their resume.

Pennsylvania All-State selections.

When the 2014 honorees were recently announced, Martin made the list as a First-Team choice, while Emrhein and St. John were both named to the Second-Team.

“Definitely deserving,” Warwick coach Bob Derr said. “I’m really happy for them and I’m sure they’re pleased too to get recognized that way. As an All-State First and Second-Team (player), that speaks very highly of them and what they’ve been able to accomplish, especially in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania is a very competitive state.”

The Lady Warriors were certainly a competitive team this fall with 10 seniors on the roster, finishing 14-7-1 overall and advancing to the District Three Triple-A quarterfinals before suffering a season-ending 4-0 loss to Lower Dauphin.

Martin was hindered this season due to a leg injury that she suffered during pre-season workouts. Although the senior midfielder &tstr; a Syracuse University recruit &tstr; never returned to 100 percent, she made her presence felt by scoring seven goals and chipping in with 10 assists.

She also made a difference between the white lines with her fierce competitiveness.

“I think what makes (Jamie) an All-State player is her competitive spirit,” Derr remarked. “She is a competitor. She’s like a warrior. Boy, on the field she attacks hard and constantly. Trying to recover from the injury and then play with the injury was very difficult for her. To get honored in that way, despite the injury, is very good. I think it shows what she could have been able to do it she was totally healthy.”

If opponents of Warwick wanted to stay healthy, it was in their best interests to not get in the way of a blast off the stick of Emrhein. Featuring a wicked shot in her offensive arsenal, the senior University of Michigan recruit tallied 17 goals and seven assists from her forward position.

“Marleise is just dangerous in the circle,” Derr said. “You do not want to leave her open in the circle because she’ll shoot and the thing is, her shot is very strong and hard. And she can shoot on both sides of the body &tstr; on the forehand side and on the reverse. If you leave her open for a second or two, she’s going to shoot and she’s going to end up scoring. She’s not only done that in the past since she’s been a freshman, but even this year too. We won a couple games 1-0 where she scored the winning goal and it’s because somebody just left her open.”

Finding a way to score against St. John in the middle of Warwick’s defense was no easy task. Her 11 defensive saves were a testament to that.

She also scored one goal, that coming in a critical situation in overtime in the L-L quarterfinals, lifting the Warwick girls to a 1-0 win over Donegal.

But it was on the defensive end where St. John, a Siena College recruit, made her biggest impact.

“What she brings to the field and to the game that very few players do is she’s such a great organizer, she reads play extremely well in the defensive end of the field and then to add to that, her defensive skills are excellent,” Derr said.

The players on Derr’s U16 team who are preparing to compete in the Disney Tournament in February got a taste of St. John’s skills during an indoor league at the Lanco Fieldhouse.

“They got their pocket picked so many times by her,” Derr said. “I just chuckled and laughed and I thought, ‘Yep, you guys haven’t figured it out.’ But that’s what she brought every game. She’s just a great defender. Man, she’s patient on defense, she can read play well, she can make attack players do what she wants them to do and then when the right moment comes, she just sneaks her stick inside there and picks that ball right off their stick and off she goes with it.”

While Martin, Emrhein and St. John were key factors for Warwick this fall, seven additional seniors will also leave big shoes for the Lady Warriors to fill in 2015.

“The senior class itself, it’s going to be a huge hole that we need to fill,” Derr said, “and that’s going to be difficult. It’s going to be a matter of girls stepping up that are underclassmen and you never know. This is the thing about any sport is that kids see opportunities and they seize the moment. They go, ‘OK, you know what? Now it’s my time, it’s my turn,’ and they come out of the woodwork and do better than what you anticipated. Hopefully that takes place. But it’s definitely going to open up spots.”

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