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Gilbertsville resident Ali McEvoy may be the best field hockey player ever to graduate from Boyertown Area High School. Her performance in college and several national teams have argued heavily that she definitely is the best every to come out of the Boyertown program.
After playing four years on the Boyertown High team, in which, among many other honors, she was named to the All-State team, she went on to play on the field hockey team at the University of Maryland, one of the top Division 1 field hockey schools in the country. In fact, the Terrapins was crowned national champions her first two seasons on the team. In this, her junior season, they are in the post season tournament trying to make it three in a row.
At Maryland she became a star on the team right from the start. As a freshman, McEvoy started in 21 of the team’s 24 games. She had 11 goals and seven assists and was named to the womensfieldhockey.com’s All-Rookie squad.
As a sophomore, she made the womensfieldhockey.com First Team All American squad, the NFHCA All-Mid-Atlantic Region Team, and to the All-ACC Team as a member of the defensive unit that allowed just five goals in the NCAA Tournament run.
“I feel that I am so thankful to have gotten the opportunity and experience to play for such a high level coach, Missy Meharg, and the coaching staff and team,” said McEvoy. “Being at Maryland has helped me grow in the sport as well as in life. I used to dream about playing with this team, and now that I am living the dream, it is just an outstanding experience.
“I couldn’t ask for a better team and better friends for the past three years. The support of my family has also been a huge part of my time here at Maryland. Without them, I would not be able to have had the opportunity to even start playing field hockey and been able to go to the University of Maryland.”
“Ali is an outstanding technical player,” said Maryland Head Field Hockey Coach Missy Meharg. “She has the vision and skills to get out of pressure and create for her team. Ali has become our field general and handles counter defense organization.”
So far this, her junior season, McEvoy is fourth on the team in scoring with nine goals and three assists. She missed a game because she joined the U.S. Under 21 Team at the Junior Pan Am Games in Mexico. She scored a goal in that tournament as the U.S. team earned a bronze medal.
“It was a really cool and unique experience,” said McEvoy. “That was the first time I had ever been to Mexico, and being there to represent my country with close friends as teammates was really a great time. It’s always such an honor to represent the USA. Qualifying for the Junior World Cup is just such an amazing opportunity, and it was great to play with a team that gave everything we had to reach that goal.”
She has also been a member of the U.S. National Indoor Team since 2008, and a member of the U.S. Under 16 team at the 2005 and 2006 US Junior Olympics. She was a member of the US U16 team in 2006, 2007 and 2008, as well as the U19 team in 2009 and 2010. In addition, she plaed in Holland with a junior national team and San Juan and Argentina in Pan American indoor games.
McEvoy has been playing field hockey since she was in second grade when she played in the Perkiomen Valley League. She continued to improve at the sport and eventually played at Boyertown High as well as several club teams. She has many great memories of her time playing on the Boyertown team.
“I remember how we were able to come together and play great team hockey together in each game,” said McEvoy. “We played for each other and there were no individual efforts. We also had a lot of fun together on and off the field through team activities.”
Her choice of colleges was not a hard one. She always wanted to play for the Terrapins, and they were more than happy to have her. She still has her senior season to look forward to at Maryland. After that, she has loftier goals.
“I would love to play for the United States at the next Olympics,” she said. “I’m working hard towards this goal.”
McEvoy is a family sciences major at the University of Maryland and hopes to become a counselor in couples relationships.