Cathy Frederickson is seldom at a loss for words. This past fall, the senior defender on Weston's field hockey team made sure that all lines of communication were open with every one of her teammates, especially when it came to the location of the ball and defensive assignments.

"I'm naturally just very into [the game]," Frederickson said. "I care about the game so much that I'm very competitive. It's just natural instinct for me. I have to know where the ball is and make sure everyone is on their game."

Weston coach Christina Donigian called her "the most versatile player on the team," who "understands defense and the relationship with the goalie." It probably helped that Frederickson is a close friend of goaltender Katie Maretz.

"It was to our benefit because when I played defense it would help a lot because I can't have eyes everywhere and Katie being the goalie, she can see every part of the field, so it was nice [being] to easily communicate with her," Frederickson said.

As one of three senior captains along with Maretz and forward Karja Karwowski, she became even more vocal than in her junior year: "I was even more noticeable about my loudness because no matter where I was on the field I was talking."

At the recent team awards banquet, though, she was taken by surprise--if not rendered speechless--after hearing word that she was the only Lady Trojan named to the All-SouthWest Conference team.

Frederickson was among the team's leaders in interceptions with 80 while serving as a utility player when she was not on defense.

"I worked really hard this year. You always hope you'll get recognized," Frederickson said. "It's better to have no expectations is my type of theory, so when I got it I was ecstatic and I was so happy. It was probably my happiest moment this year."

In spite of Weston's record of 2-13-1, those who select the All-SWC team were able to see what a critical role she played for her team.

"I was just going to see what happened because of our record I was skeptical that they could do that," Frederickson said.

Now with her field hockey days behind her, Frederickson has been focusing on her academic studies and other extracurricular activities, such as being a co-president of the school's "Safe Rides" program.

Founded in November along with Haylee Winikoff, a senior on the volleyball team, and Brandon Kapel, a senior on the boy's golf team, the program dispatches two volunteers to give students rides home from social events or any "uncomfortable situations" students might encounter on Saturday nights. The activity allows her to be a senior captain of a different variety.

"It's just one of those things where you feel better in the end because you know [students] got home safely," Frederickson.

Regardless of where she goes to college upon graduating from Weston, she hopes to continue playing field hockey in some aspect. She has aspirations of majoring in education, phycology or a related field to one day become a high school counselor or teacher--and possibly let her voice be heard as a field hockey coach.

"I don't know where life will take me," she said. "If I ever do work at a school and that's a possibility, I'm sure I will take the job."