Field hockey has slowly emerged into as a popular sport in the United States and has attracted student athletes such like former St. Margaret’s School standout Elizabeth Joslyn. But as her passion grew so did her dream to play the sport further in life.
Joslyn has been living her dream thus far for three seasons at Bridgewater College and is preparing to graduate this school year.
“I wanted to do something a lot of people may not have heard of and a lot of people do,” Joslyn said.
Joslyn’s journey began her sophomore year at St. Margaret’s. It was some of her friends that encouraged her to try it out. She responded by dropping volleyball in the preseason and picking up a field hockey stick.
“I immediately started loving it the first time I stepped on the field. Ever since then I started every game I ever played in high school,” Joslyn said.
The rising senior midfielder explained that she also played soccer and indoor track while attending St. Margaret’s. With field hockey during that period of time, Joslyn said a lot of girls were new to the sport. She credited the success of the team due to everyone’s physical condition. They were tested by some competitive schools from Richmond, near Hampton Roads and the Northern Neck including Northumberland and Lancaster.
At St. Margaret’s she was named the team’s most outstanding defender and member of the National Honor Society.
Joslyn said she decided at the last minute to attend Bridgewater College. As a result, she asked the coach if she could tryout without a highlight reel.
“It was terrifying,” Joslyn said, comparing the years of experience with others on the day of tryouts.
But she made the team playing in four games and now she is staring at her final season.
“I can’t believe it that I’m already at my senior year. It’s totally ridiculous,” Joslyn said.
This past season, Joslyn was named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-Academic Team. Bridgewater also made history posting an 11-8 record, tying the most wins in the school’s history since 1998. The Eagles also reached the semifinal round of the conference tournament.
This past season, Joslyn started two games played in 16 and posted a goal and an assist. Scored her first goal her sophomore year at Juniata in September and her second tallying in the game-winning goal in a 3-1 win at Washington and Lee.
Joslyn said one of the challenges looking forward to her future after college is finding others that play field hockey. In other sports, Joslyn said, it’s a bit easier to find others to play pickup games and in leagues. Joslyn said she has some pretty unique stories when it comes to people who have and haven’t heard of field hockey.
Part of Joslyn’s summer was spent in Tennessee helping with a youth soccer camp and also field hockey.
Joslyn is majoring in Chemistry with a minor in English. Her ideas after college include planning to become a physician’s assistant and also starting her own field hockey league.
“I love the area I’m in right now in Chattanooga, Tennessee and I think I might come back. It might be nice to start an academy here,” Joslyn said. “I don’t want to stop playing. I love it so much.”