Student Athlete of the Week: Margaret-Ann Graves
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- The reason Covenant senior Margaret-Ann Graves got into the sport of field hockey is one many parents can relate to.
"After my freshman year, my parents told me I needed to play a fall sport because they couldn't pick me up after school," Graves said.
Then came in Covenant Field Hockey Coach Colleen Norair, who saw her potential, after coaching Graves in lacrosse the year before.
"When I knew she didn't play a fall sport I was like please well I might do cross country and I was like no it's field hockey," Norair said. "Eventually, she did concede and is now on our team."
A blank canvas, Norair began by teaching her the basics.
"I didn't really know anything," Graves said. "I knew that the ball couldn't hit the back of the stick."
But with some fine tuning and taking what she learned from the sport of lacrosse, Graves quickly became a star on the field hockey field. In her first team playing field hockey, Graves was named All-Conference First Team and All-Area and last season she was named BRC Player of the Year and to First Team All-State.
"Coming into the sport, I kind of thought of it as something to do for fun, but being pushed by my teammates and coaches that's where I am now," Graves said.
And all her hard work led her to Gettysburg College, where she will continue her field hockey career next year.
"The reason why I chose Gettysburg is because of the community of the school and the team," Graves said. "The coach was always supportive throughout the process so I just felt like it was home."
"When I spoke to the coach, they were talking about rebuilding and again the kind of young women that they are looking for, players of course, and the skill they bring to the field, but also who's going to be an impact playing right away both on and off the field," Norair said. "I think Gettysburg is really lucky to be getting Margaret-Ann who's just going to step on and have an impact on the scoreboard, but she's also going make a good team and be a good teammates."