For the first time in four years, a Blue Jay will have the honor of representing Elizabethtown College’s field hockey team in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division III Senior Game. This is a unique opportunity that not many players are given the chance to take part in, but senior Taylor Alwine has earned the opportunity to play in the game on Saturday, Nov. 22 at 4 p.m. at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Va.
Alwine is the sixth Blue Jay in the program’s history to be selected. The game showcases 59 NCAA Division III top senior field hockey players from around the country. Alwine and only four other players from the Landmark Conference were selected for this game.
“There are so many Division III programs, so to be recognized and selected for the senior game is really exciting and also very humbling,” Alwine said, “I’m extremely honored to have been chosen for the game.”
Alwine is a captain of the field hockey team. She has started every game this season under Head Coach Brandy Michael, who was also selected to play in this game her senior year. This season, Alwine acquired six goals and four assists, accumulating 16 well-earned points.
Alwine is a three-time All-Commonwealth Conference pick, 2013 NFHCA All-Region Second Team and three-time SGI/NFHCA National Academic Squad member, so her selection for the game came with little surprise. Alwine attributes part of her success to her teammates and the coaching staff. “I wouldn’t be the player I am without [them],” she said.
While Alwine’s excitement grows at every mention of this upcoming game, she also admits to being a bit nervous. “It will be very different being on a team with girls I’ve never played with before,” she said, but she is looking forward to representing her team and the program as best as she can.
Taylor said that her only goal for the game is to “enjoy the experience.” This will be Alwine’s last opportunity to play field hockey at the collegiate level, so she hopes to enjoy the game, play her best and try not to think about how this marks the end of her field hockey career. It will surely be a bittersweet moment for her and her family as they cheer her on for one final time.