Friday, 29 June 2012 00:00
Lydia Rice has been selected at regionals to represent New York State at the Field Hockey National Championship in Virginia. Lydia has been playing field hockey as a goalie since fifth grade under the expert tutelage of Carol Nesdill, president of Long Island Field Hockey Association, who provided her with a start and nourished her love for the game from the beginning.
Lydia has been training with the USA Futures program for two years, this being the Olympics pipeline for young athletes in the United States. She has been playing field hockey at the junior varsity level for three years and served as captain for two, progressing this year to the varsity squad.
Having been selected to the national championship now puts her in position to be chosen for one of three national teams and an even higher level of training from Olympic coaches. Lydia plays travel field hockey year-round for the East End FHC Lady Gems and has earned four gold medals throughout the northeastern states in the last year under the guidance of coach Kim Hannigan.
Being an Olympic year, Lydia will have the privilege of meeting the Olympic Field Hockey Team after watching them take on Argentina while at nationals.
Lydia is very proud of the CPHS field hockey program and the experience and training she has received through the school and the long-running LIFHA summer program held each year to fine-tune the hockey skills of young Long Island field hockey players. So no matter what height or level in field hockey that Lydia ever attains, she will always have the “Compassion and Passion” of a true Carle Place Frog.