Worcester Prep senior signs National Letter of Intent to play field hockey for school
(Nov. 16, 2018) The combination of the school, academics and field hockey program led Worcester Prep senior Hailee Arrington to pick American University in Washington, D.C., as the place she will attend.
“I chose it because I love the team and like the coaches. I also like the location in D.C. The school itself for me is also a perfect fit,” she said. “I really liked the college of arts and sciences, and the campus is beautiful.”
Arrington verbally committed to play field hockey for the Division I university around Christmastime last year. She signed her National Letter of Intent on Wednesday at Worcester Prep. She received a partial athletic scholarship.
“I am very excited about signing … I am thankful to all the people that helped me get here, from my coaches to my parents,” Arrington said. “I liked the positive team atmosphere. I have met a few players and also know some that are freshmen now.”
Arrington finished her fourth season playing field hockey for Worcester at the end of October. The forward/midfielder led the team this year with 18 goals and 10 assists. She was named Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference Player of the Year.
For her four-year career, she tallied 45 goals and had 27 assists.
“Hailee has been an integral part of our team over the past four years. She has been a leader offensively for the past three years,” Prep Field Hockey Coach Katie Oxenreider said. “She not only has had a stellar career, but she is a kind person and great teammate. I think younger players have looked up to her skill level and her ability to help her team.”
The 17-year-old has been playing field hockey for 10 years. Arrington, who plays travel ball for Oranje in Delaware, said she enjoyed being part of the Worcester Prep varsity squad the past four seasons.
She is also a member of the Prep cheerleading squad during the winter basketball season.
“I loved playing for WPS,” she said. “It was an amazing team environment and it prepared me to thrive in a team setting.”
Arrington said she has several goals while at American University.
“For field hockey, I want to learn a lot and improve my play. For school, I want to learn and enjoy my classes,” she said.
She is undecided on a major, but English or art history are possibilities. For a career, Arrington said she has considered becoming a lawyer or going into the world of art dealing.
“I think starting off college being part of a team at American will be such a good transition for her,” Oxenreider said. “It’s a big change, but Hailee, having the support of a team, she will excel at that level both on the field and in the classroom.”