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PressBox, GBMC Honor Loch Raven's Elizabeth McKinley

June 14, 2016
PressBox and GBMC have teamed up to honor one high school student-athlete each month who demonstrates sportsmanship, school spirit, hard work and dedication. 

The latest honoree is Loch Raven lacrosse and field hockey player Elizabeth McKinley.

To nominate a student-athlete for consideration, click here.    

McKinley was nominated by Raiders head coach Nicole Hoeck, who praised the senior for the encouragement, support and leadership she offered her teammates throughout her high school career. 

"Well, I've coached Beth since she was a freshman here at Loch Raven, and she has always been such a dedicated player and always offers a hand to anybody in need," Hoeck said. "She is dedicated to her community, her school, and I know she will continue those characteristics about herself at the University of Maryland as well as her future endeavors." 

On the field, McKinley stepped into whatever role Hoeck asked her to fill without hesitation. 

This season alone, McKinley demonstrated her versatile skill set all over the field, lining up on the defensive midfield and on attack. Her play helped Loch Raven finished the season with a 7-8 record, including victories against Kenwood (18-0) April 28 and Dunbar (12-1) on Senior Day May 11. 

"Beth is someone that I can put anywhere on the field," Hoeck said. "She was our defensive middie, but she is solid on defense, fierce on attack, and she's just one of those players that is completely diverse."

Next year, McKinley will look to carry that same mindset to the University of Maryland, where she plans to study business and marketing. 

Upon receiving the award, she praised Hoeck for guiding her and the rest of the Loch Raven players through some trying times this season.

"This award means a lot to me coming from Coach Hoeck, because we had a really rough season, and she really stepped up and helped us out a lot," McKinley said. "So it just means a lot coming from her that she honored me with this award."

McKinley added: "I learned by overcoming these tough times, it makes the joyful moments a lot more ... worth it."   

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