With more than 150 college coaches in attendance, six St. John’s field hockey players recently showed off their Texas talents on the pitch and in the cage at the Disney Field Hockey Showcase. This is the first time that such a large number of St. John’s players have attended the tournament, which takes place at ESPN - Disney Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida.
Five Varsity team mates and one JV 1 member played on three different teams at the event – which boasts 3,300 athletes comprising more than 180 field hockey club teams from coast to coast. JV 1 member Celia Lewis, ’14 joined Carson Peacock, ’14 and Paige Albert, ’14 along with Libby Manela, ’15, Kelsey Bing, ’16 and Jennifer Trieschman, ’16 to play in the four-day tournament, which ran February 6 -10.
2013 Varsity Captains Paige Albert, ’14 and Carson Peacock, ’14, played with the Spirit Eagles Elite Field Hockey Club – a nationally ranked club based in Milltown, New Jersey. It was Peacock’s first time to play with Spirit Eagles, and Albert’s second and the two played on the Spirit Eagles Red U-19 team. “It was so fun to play at a faster paced, higher level of play and our coach was great,” says Peacock. “Coach Waldron was very helpful and instructive while still making the experience really fun. It was also great to meet and get to know new girls. I’m so glad that I was able to get the chance to play with them.”
Sophomore Libby Manela and Freshmen Kelsey Bing and Jennifer Trieschman joined forces to play on the Texas Pride Field Hockey Club’s U-16 team. Texas Pride Field Hockey Club is one-year old club based in Houston and coached by former University of Maryland standout Tina Edmonds. This is the first time that Texas Pride Field Hockey Club has entered the USA Field Hockey Disney Showcase, giving the rest of the country a chance to see that field hockey is starting to grow in Texas.
Just like on their days on Varsity, Bing and Manela shared the goal, each splitting halves of every game. Both Bing and Manela loved traveling to Florida for the tournament. “It was a really amazing experience and the tournament was so great because I played against some of the best club programs from around the continent and learned so much about the sport,” says Manela. “It was also awesome to be able to play on a team made of predominantly students at SPC schools. We definitely represented the South!”
Freshman Kelsey Bing started off the tournament on a high note – learning just two days earlier that she had been selected for the USA Field Hockey U17 Junior National Travel Squad.
Bing was selected to the U17 National Team last summer and underwent an intense evaluation to be selected for the national travel squad. The national travel squad will take on international competition during 2013. “ I am so excited to be able to play field hockey at the international level while being able to meet more people and travel to different places,” said Bing. “ I have trained over the last several months with the help of the St. John’s coaches as well as the Texas Pride Field Hockey Club coaches.”
Junior Celia Lewis played for a second year with the Gateway Field Hockey Club, based in St. Louis, Missouri.
Junior Paige Albert was also thrilled with the opportunity to play in the Disney Field Hockey Showcase for a second year, but notes that the 2013 tournament was special because of the St. John’s connections. “I loved having Jenny, Kelsey and Libby who played on Texas Pride and Celia, who played on Gateway, come out to support me and Carson when we played with Spirit Eagles,” notes Albert. “And, then Carson and I went to watch their games. I love how St. John’s hockey stays with you everywhere and I like how we all supported each other. It was great to have Texans represented at this national tournament.”