In Fall 2020, Northwestern University will welcome one of Point Boro’s greatest field hockey players: Jordan Carr. With confidence, the field hockey captain, co-MVP and B South Player of the Year signed her National Letter of Intent on November 13 to continue her academic and athletic careers as a Wildcat.
Carr is excited to play field hockey at a higher level, learn new skills and become an even better player. She plans to major in psychology, international relations or global health studies.
“I really wanted a mix of good academics and athletics, and Northwestern is one of the best schools academically in the country,” Carr said. “They have been consistently ranked in the top 20 for field hockey for several years, and when I got onto campus it just felt like a place where I could really spend the next four years of my life.”
Northwestern University competes in the Big Ten Conference in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Their field hockey team has won six regular-season conference titles, one conference tournament championship and has appeared in the NCAA tournament 13 times, advancing to the Final Four on four separate occasions.
“It's not always easy to break into a top tier D1 college lineup as a young player,” Head Field Hockey Coach Kelly Carr, who is also Jordan’s mother, said. “Jordan will need to work even harder than she has before, be willing to ask questions and for help, and keep a positive mindset no matter what her role on the team is, so she's ready to take advantage when opportunities present themselves.”
Carr has devoted the last nine years to the game of field hockey—and it shows. She is the current Point Boro record holder for most goals, points and assists in a career, and most goals and points in a season. Additionally, she shares the record for most assists in a season with senior Cassandra Campbell.
“I’m really proud of the campaign I’ve been able to showcase for the past four years, and not even for myself—I’m happy for all of the girls that I played with,” Carr said. “[...] I’ve been playing for so long, so I have those skills. But I know that every other girl there, they work hard too, and they push me to be a better player, and they make me want to play well for them.”
Assistant Field Hockey Coach Stephanie Fuchilla-Goracy is equally as proud of Jordan’s accomplishments and commitment to Northwestern University.
“As a coach in general, it is always an extremely proud moment to have a player commit to a college or university program to continue his/her athletic and academic career on the next stage,” Stephanie said. “With regard to Jordan, it has been a very exciting season for her as she crossed many school milestones, such as her 100th career goal, her record-breaking goals this season, and her overall career points earned this season. With that said, these are only her statistical accomplishments; her qualitative accomplishments go far beyond this season and her four years here at Point Boro—they are who she has become as a young adult, as well as the impact they have had on our entire field hockey program.”
When Carr isn’t playing field hockey, you can find her running track, reading, listening to music or going out with friends. However, to her, there is no greater feeling than being on the field.
“I get so nervous before games and then the second the whistle blows, it all goes away,” she said. “I don’t think, and I just play. I love the sound of the ball hitting the backboard of the cage. That’s one of the most satisfying things to me.”