St. John’s Varsity Field Hockey Players Represented Texas at the USA Field Hockey National Indoor Tournament held in Richmond, Virginia.
Four St. John’s Varsity Field Hockey players represented Texas at the USA Field Hockey U-19 National Indoor Tournament in Richmond, Virginia February 28 – March 2. Playing for the Texas Pride Field Hockey Club, Paige Albert, Kelsey Bing, Jennifer Trieschman and Reese Vogel were part of an 8-member team that has the distinction of being the first Texas team to ever play in the National Indoor Tournament. After placing second overall at the USA Field Hockey Regional Qualifying Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky, the Texas Pride Stars were slotted into the second highest pool at the National Indoor Tournament. The Texas Pride team competed in Pool B and played seven games during the course of the three-day tournament. Goalie Kelsey Bing. ’16, was the Captain of the team. Playing defense were Jennifer Trieschman, ’16 and Reese Vogel, ’17. Paige Albert, ’14, played forward and notched two goals at the tournament. Indoor field hockey is a 5-on-5 format played on wood or synthetic flooring and has sideboards that act as bumpers.
All four student-athletes said that the experience playing on the national stage in a high pool was one they will always remember. “We had a blast playing against teams who forced us to increase our speed and skills in order to compete,” says Trieschman. “It was so fun playing with my team at the tournament,” notes Albert. “Getting into this tournament at such a high level felt like such an accomplishment to our club!”
Texas Pride Field Hockey Club Head Coach Tina Edmonds notes that the 8-member team excelled at the tournament. “The girls did great last weekend competing against some of the best teams in the country,” said Edmonds. “I am exceptionally proud of the sophomores and freshmen playing against some of the best juniors and seniors on the country. Having opportunities to play at such a high level at a young age will help the girls develop much quicker into great players.”
These are lessons from the pitch that the St. John’s players will translate onto the field for their fall season and beyond. “We look forward to future years because we still have a lot to improve on,” states Vogel, taking pride in the fact that Texas field hockey players are making their mark in the national scene. Goalie Kelsey Bing agrees, noting that they indeed have their eye on the prize. “We had a great tournament and it was a valuable experience for our first time playing,” says Bing. “Hopefully we can take this past tournament and use it to learn and be prepared for future games.”