Hannah Carpenter is motivated. Sidelined for the majority of her junior field hockey season due to injury, she is ready to return to form. Carpenter played in four games last year—total. “Hannah is looking to gain more experience in Varsity game play,” commented Champlain Valley Union (CVU) head field hockey coach Kate McDonald.
Born on March 8, 1995, Carpenter is a Shelburne native. Her family includes parents Nancy and Tag, older sister Hallie, age 23, older brother Johnny, age 20, two cats, Millie and Milo, and a dog named Bella.
“The first time I played field hockey was at the Shelburne Community School,” Carpenter recalled. “Already an ice hockey player, I thought the two sports would be similar so I started field hockey in the sixth grade.” Carpenter is right; ice hockey and field hockey have many similarities as coach McDonald noted, “Hannah’s ice hockey experience provides significant crossover skills into her field hockey play, making her a great passer on the field. We’re looking for Hannah to be a major contributor to the team’s offense this season.”
That’s her goal, too. “I’m a hard worker,” Carpenter says of her greatest strength. “I work hard for my team. They inspire me to play my very best.” With only three games under their belts, the team has won two and already shows promise this season.
In addition to field hockey, Carpenter is a three-year varsity ice hockey player and this year will most assuredly be her fourth. In fact it is ice hockey, her sport of choice, for which she is most proud. “I was really proud of the ice hockey team last year. We didn’t win one game but we stuck together and we got better,” she continued enthusiastically. “I look forward to getting back on the ice.”
It may be surprising to note that Carpenter is musically inclined. “Besides sports, one of my favorite things to do is play the piano,” she offered. “I have been playing for about 12 years.”
What’s next for this CVU senior? Carpenter is just beginning the college selection process. “I’m undecided on a major. Too many things interest me, that is why, as of now, I think business would be a good median,” she commented. “For now I plan to apply to Bentley College [in Waltham, Mass.,] Endicott College [in Beverly, Mass.,] and UVM but I’m sure that list will grow.”
Plans for next year may be incomplete, but there’s no cause for concern. In her versatile, capable, way Carpenter will come up with a winning combination.