Written By: Victoria Williamson

Freshman forward, Anna Dorrestijn, passes the ball during practice. Photo taken by Tori Williamson. 

As the fall sports season begins, there has been a notable amount of international first year students joining the women’s field hockey team at the University of Lynchburg.

There have been six additions to the roster this year, joining the four sophomores on the team. 

Anna Dorrestijn is a freshman forward from Driehuis, Netherlands where field hockey is extremely popular in the Netherlands. She began playing the sport when she was about nine years old.

Similarly, the freshman goalkeeper Shay Schoones, from Hoogeveen, Netherlands, picked up the sport at the age of four.

Schoones says, “I got connected to the coaches through Slamstox, and found out more about their field Hockey program through them.”

 Dorrestijn was pursued by the coaches interested in her skills. She chose Lynchburg because “they had a really great Field Hockey program, and I loved the idea of going to a small school where everyone knows each other,” said Dorrestijn.

Freshman goalkeeper, Shay Schoones, blocks the goal shot. Photo taken by Tori Williamson.

“I really like the campus because everything is easy to find, and I enjoy the team culture here,” says Schoones.

Both of these first year students  are hopeful to uphold the number the team’s one placement from the preseason poll.
To see the 2023 Lynchburg Women’s Field Hockey Schedule.

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