Katy Corcoran has qualified for the PA's Futures National Team
Since its founding nearly three years ago, Pursuit Field Hockey has evolved from the pipe dream of two talented, hard-working ladies into a bona fide power on the state, regional and national level.
The locally-based club has its headquarters at the NEPA Sports Factory in White Mills. Pursuit is the brain child of Becca Maciejewski and Lucrezia Manzione, two former star players an coaches at Honesdale High School.
There are eight age groups for Pursuit players, welcoming girls from U6 all the way up through the college ranks.
Programs run year-round, starting with the “winter season” from January through February and closing with the “fall season” which encompasses October and November.
Pursuit teams and players have earned recognition at all levels, but one young lady in particular is turning heads everywhere she goes.
Katy Corcoran is an eighth grader at the Wayne Highlands Middle School.
She's been with Pursuit since the very beginning and grown by leaps and bounds right along with the club. This spring, Katy tried out for and was selected to participate in the USA Futures Training Program.
She worked tirelessly for seven weeks in this setting, the culmination of which is a Futures Regional Tournament at the home of USA Field Hockey.
There, all the athletes involved in Futures played in a tournament in front of a highly credentialed USA Field Hockey Selection Committee. What began with a field of 18 teams and more than 200 athletes was whittled down to a single squad which will represent Pennsylvania at Nationals.
Several other local lasses also participated in this elite event, including: Hannah Karp, Mia Watson, Jillian Hoey, Roz Maciejewski, Nicole Longman and Mandy Gunuskey.
However, when the final cuts were posted, only Corcoran had made the team.
As a result of her accomplishment, Katy will be competing at Futures Nationals this June with some of the best young athletes in the country.
From the Start
Former Honesdale High School and East Stroudsburg University standout Lucrezia “Grace” Manzione has been coaching Katy for many years now and is thrilled with her progress.
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Katy since she picked up a stick for the first time,” Coach Manzione said. “Watching her grow into a field hockey player has been a highlight of my own coaching career.
“Katy is the epitome of a dedicated athlete, and is the kind of leader that both her teammates and opponents respect.”
The process of trying out for Nationals has been both challenging and rewarding for player and coach alike.
“Working with Katy through the USA Futures program has given us both the opportunity to explore a different part of the game,” said Coach Manzione.
“USA develops their program to focus on growing the game, refining the basics, and remaining a student of the game. Self-reflecting is one of Katy’s strengths. She is constantly yearning for growth and isn't afraid to find the answers to her questions.”
Corcoran has risen rapidly through the ranks at Pursuit. She's gone from a wide-eyed novice to a battle-tested veteran in the space of three short years.
“The rewards Katy has already earned in her short field hockey career just reminds us all that she is a product of her work-ethic,” Coach Manzione said.
“Katy's willpower and fortitude are contagious. She is very deserving of this opportunity. Katy continues to inspire her peers along with her family and all of her coaches.”
Corcoran has emerged as a leader with her school team and at Pursuit. This past winter, she was named a captain of her National Indoor Tournament team that eventually powered its way to a gold medal.
Coach Maciejewski is impressed not only with Katy's accomplishments on the field, but with her development as a person.
Corcoran served as a captain for this year's Lady Hornet junior high squad and she also excels as a member of the girls track & field team. In addition, Katy was elected to the Student Council and volunteers at her local church.
“Katy has had a stellar field hockey career so far,” Coach Maciejewski said. “She's a product of her own work ethic. Katy is so receptive and tireless in her pursuit of perfection.”
Despite her age, Corcoran is slated to play at the 2018 Limelight College Showcase, a critical next step in her ascent of the field hockey ladder.
This event, combined with all the exposure she'll be getting at Futures, just reinforces the notion that the sky's the limit for Corcoran.
“Katy will have a chance to earn a spot training with the USA Field Hockey National Team Feeder Program if selected from the National Tournament,” Coach Maciejewski said.
“It's a huge achievement as only a very small percentage of players are selected for this.”