Oct. 29, 2017
WASHINGTON - On Saturday evening, three seniors on the Georgetown field hockey team were recognized before they played their final game of the regular season against La Salle at Cooper Field. The three seniors that were honored were Megan Parsons (Chester Springs, Pa./Villa Maria), Mackenzie Schneider (Norfolk, Va./Maury) and Jo Hawkins (Emmaus, Pa./Emmaus), who have played a significant role in the program's forward progress.
"My favorite part about playing for GUFH has, without a doubt, been the family aspect that we value so much," says tri-captain Schneider. "Our focus on family is what gets us through the tough times, what helps us to grow as individuals and as a team, and what makes the good times that much sweeter."
The three seniors are a part of the second-most winning class in program history and have been coached all four years under Shannon Soares. "I have had an incredible opportunity to be part of the beginning of a new era to Georgetown Field Hockey that created a vision and through hard work, passion and commitment I have seen the vision come to fruition with incredible promise for the future," says Parsons.
One of those wins included the program's first win over Villanova in 18 years. The seniors were sophomores at the time when they beat BIG EAST rival Villanova, 2-1, in overtime. Schneider, Parsons and Hawkins can all agree that that victory was the most exciting of all of the wins that they were a part of. "The energy and mentality that we had as a team during these wins was exhilarating," recalls tri-captain Parsons.
The other notable win that the seniors were a part of was the program's first win over Temple since 2001. The Hoyas won, 3-2, during the 2017 campaign.
Aside from the 28 wins that they have accumulated over their four years on the Hilltop, they have also achieved many individual academic honors. In 2016, all three Hoyas were selected as BIG EAST Academic All-Stars. While Hawkins and Schneider both made the BIG EAST All-Academic Team in 2015. The seniors work hard in their studies, as all three subjects have very time-consuming majors. Parsons majors in nursing, Hawkins studies English and Schneider is a psychology major.
"Every member of our team is valued and has a role," says Parsons, who is seen as a leader on the team to energize and encourage others. Hawkins is seen as the opposite of Parsons, as in she has a knack for calming her teammates down, while Schneider makes sure that everyone keeps a positive attitude on the team.
And while the seniors may not look forward to waking up at 5 a.m. every morning for practice or traveling 10 hours in a bus every weekend, they know that they will miss it once they graduate in May. "This experience has taught me so much and given me lifelong friends," says Hawkins. "Sometimes you can get bogged down, it's true, but the positives more than make up for it and once it's all over you'll be missing every part of it."