“I started playing when I was in sixth grade,” said sophomore Lauren Hartzler (Manheim, Pa./Manheim Central), reflecting on her journey as a field hockey player, “so it’s just always been a part of my life. I can’t imagine a year without a hockey season.”
And she started out this hockey season strong, entering her second collegiate season with newfound confidence.
Lauren was a key contributor to the field hockey team’s early-season success, achieving her first career hat trick (three goals in one game) in Saturday’s game against Notre Dame of Maryland. She also scored the only regulation goal during EMU’s shootout win at Goucher, before sliding in the second shootout goal.
“That was super exciting, you don’t see shootouts in hockey every day, so we were very, very excited to have that happen,” Lauren said, smiling. “But also super nervous, because we didn’t want those 90 minutes to be for nothing, so we really wanted to capitalize on that and finish what we started at Goucher.”
“I think often a shootout can be the exciting part, but our defense and Kelsey Troyer (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite), our goalie, we all fought hard for 90 minutes, so I don’t think that should go unrecognized.”
Lauren worked at a summer camp, so her preseason preparations were limited to running and the mental game.
“Preparing more for the mental aspect of knowing what preseason was going to hold,” she explained. “I was definitely excited for it all summer.”
Even with these limitations, she feels more prepared- and with that, excited- coming into this season than she did her freshman year.
“But a little bit more pressure, too,” she added, “just being an upperclassmen and knowing what the team is capable of, and being held accountable to that standard, too, and being a part of making that happen.”
Off the field, Lauren spends her time doing what marketing and business administration double majors do: plenty of schoolwork, presumably. She has other interests as well.
“I love to be outside, I love to spend time with people, I love being a part of ministry stuff, like there’s a bible study on campus that I love, and celebration.”
Lauren looks forward to the rest of the season.
“One of our goals is to win more ODAC games than last year, but also just to continue to grow as a team, it’s a really young team,” Lauren said. “Grow as a team and have a lot of fun.”
-- by Elizabeth Nisly, Sports Information Writing Intern