Stepping into the Goal
When Varsity Field Hockey Coach Katherine Kelly found out she would be without her starting goalie heading into the Carlisle Tournament last weekend, she needed a solution. Playing goalie in field hockey against top competition in a tournament is no easy task, and her team was poised for a great showing.
Katie Sayers â€™15 (right center in team photo), a standout soccer goalie and basketball player, stepped in to give field hockey goalie a try. After receiving an email from Coach Kelly, Sayers said, â€œI was really shocked at first because I had never played field hockey, and I didnâ€™t think that I would be good; but I figured since I was a soccer goalie, it might make sense. I talked to some of the girls on the team, and they said they would really appreciate it if I stepped in.â€
She met the bus at 6:15 a.m. on Saturday morning for the trip to Martinsville and suited up for two tough games. Playing two talented opponents, the team lost in overtime against St. Anneâ€™s-Belfield and beat Bishop Sullivan 2-1.
Thanks to parents like Colgate All-American Brenda Wilson and Kathy and Charlie Sturm, along with the support of many loyal parent fans who loudly cheer from the stands or sidelines, the field hockey program has developed a strong following and many young women have gravitated to the team to give field hockey a try. The program is not only being followed by the parents and friends of the team, but also by college coaches who see something special in the program and its players. For example, Avery Sturm â€™15 is headed to Miami University (OH) to play for Keli Smith-Puzoâ€”a two-time Olympian and international spokesperson for field hockeyâ€”and Paxton Helmer â€™14 recently made the club field hockey team at the University of Virginia.
Come out and support the team on Homecoming weekend. They will play on Saturday, October 4 on Thomas Field against Trinity Episcopal School.