RYE, N.Y. – Hadley Duncan of Rye went to Trinity College planning on just playing lacrosse, but that changed quickly.
The 2008 Holy Child graduate made the field hockey team and went on to an excellent career, concluding it this fall with many honors.
Duncan was selected to the New England Small College Athletic conference and National Field Hockey Coaches Division III All-New England west region first teams. Duncan, who led Trinity in scoring with 12 goals and one assist, was also chosen a Division III third-team all-America.
“I was going to play lacrosse, but the lacrosse coach said I should try out for the field hockey team,” said Duncan, who played on the 2007 and ’08 Holy Child New York State Independent Schools title teams. “I never thought about playing field hockey in college, but I am so thankful to the lacrosse coach for suggesting it to me.”
Duncan recalled her field hockey tryout as not going well.
“I had the worst tryout,” Duncan said. “I didn’t think I made the team so I handed in my pinny, said thank you for the tryout and walked out. Before I walked out the coach asked me where I was going because I made the team. I was shocked I made the team.”
Duncan, a 2012 lacrosse all-American, went on to be a three-year starter, finishing her career with 28 goals and five assists. Even with her success, Duncan was still surprised by the honors.
“You never go into a season thinking about individual awards and if you get them, you never think you deserve them,” said Duncan, an art history major. “You want to win games and be the best the team you can be.
“Playing field hockey, as well as lacrosse, has given me many memories and I’ve made many of my best friends playing both sports."