Hoets will play field hockey for St. Lawrence University
Published 3:13 pm, Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Jen Hoets was one of many talented players on this year's Staples field hockey team. A senior tri-captain, Hoets was an All-FCIAC Honorable Mention goalie and was the Team's Defensive MVP.
Hoets joined the field hockey program her freshman year. She was encouraged by former head coach Ralph Unker to join the squad. She explains, "I was originally an ice hockey goalie. He caught wind of my goalkeeping and wanted to see how I performed without skates. I've been playing field hockey ever since."
From her freshman year to now, Hoets has seen some drastic improvements in her level of play. She says, "I first picked up field hockey as a freshman, so I guess you could say I didn't really know what I was doing. However, after having gone through endless camps and programs, my abilities as a goalie have increased greatly."
Although she was new to the sport, Hoets became the starting varsity goalie her sophomore year. Hoets says that she was timid to be a leader on the field when she was an underclassman, and believes that her leadership abilities have increased greatly since then.
"Being a captain means being a leader. My vocalizing skills have improved immensely by my senior year. Even if we were losing I tried my absolute best to remain the stoic anchor of the team all the way back in the net."
In addition to being a great leader on the team vocally, Hoets set and example for her team. She did this by working hard and being disciplined during practices and conditioning.
All her hard work paid off. Hoets says her proudest moment was the game against Darien where she made 27 saves. "They're a powerhouse in the field hockey world and have been for years. I knew I was going to face a challenge wen we squared off against them, but I gave it my all and came out with a monster amount of saves."
Hoets says that her favorite part about being on the team, is her teammates. "Essentially my teammates are like my sisters. Some drills and conditioning were unbearable at times, but we stuck together and it made going to practice everyday worth it."
Her teammates and Lady Wreckers Coach Cecily Cowburn hold Hoets in high regard, which led to many post season awards for her.
Although Hoets' field hockey career at Staples is over, her playing days are far from it. She will continue to play next year at St. Lawrence University.