Whether it was stepping on the ice for the first time at 3 years old or playing youth soccer with my friends, sports have played a huge role in my life since the beginning. Ever since I can remember, ice hockey was always my main focus. From starting in youth hockey, being the only girl on an all boys team, to growing up and playing girls club hockey, I always had a love for the sport. If you had asked me 5 years ago if I thought I could ever love a sport more than hockey, I would have told you that you were crazy. I thought hockey was my “make it or break it,” but clearly I was very wrong. Starting field hockey in 7th grade, and joining Boston Field Hockey in 9th grade completely altered my perspective on the power of sports. Playing field hockey made me believe that maybe ice hockey wasn’t the be-all and end-all of my athletic career.
I can remember when I was a rising 7th grader, about to start at a new school, when my mom told me that I was going to love playing field hockey at Newton Country Day. I didn’t believe her for a second. I didn’t believe her until that first practice I had with my team, when I just knew there was something I loved about the sport. I started to love the sport so much that I wouldn’t stop asking my parents if I could play on a club team, not even knowing if there were club field hockey teams. When my parents found out about Boston Field Hockey from a friend, they promptly signed me up for their indoor team tryouts. And to my surprise, I made the team. Starting on this team as the “new kid” was intimidating and a little bit scary at first. Not to mention that the 5 other girls on this elite indoor team were good; really good. Despite it being scary at first, playing with these girls made me the player I am today, and the 5 girls I started with on this team are now some of my best friends. As I started to play more and more field hockey I began to love the sport more than any other; even ice hockey. I knew that it was my new escape, a new passion.
I owe all my success to this club and everything and everyone that goes along with it. Without the guidance and coaching from Nate, Kristine, Tina, Katie and many more I would not be where I am today. Without the girls that I started out playing with, and still play with today, my own game would never have gotten faster, more skilled, or smarter. And of course I would be lost without the organization and endless support of Eileen. Boston Field Hockey made my dream of playing collegiate field hockey, something I never thought was possible, a reality. I have had a blast being part of this program and I have met many incredible players and people. This is truly an experience that I wouldn’t trade for anything else.