Jen Lozier, Hammond, field hockey

Q&A --

October 04, 2006|By SUN REPORTER

Hammond senior Jen Lozier, a second-team all-county forward last season, has been a member of Team Maryland the past two years and will travel to California to compete at the U.S. Field Hockey Association's annual festival over Thanksgiving weekend. Lozier also runs track during the indoor season, plays center field for the Golden Bears' softball team and has been the team manager for Hammond's wrestling team. Maintaining a weighted 3.59 grade point average, she is considering a major in early childhood education or speech pathology and is considering East Stroudsburg (Pa.) University as a college option with plans to play field hockey.

How did you get started in field hockey?

In sixth, seventh and eighth grade, there was an after-school program for field hockey, and the high school girls from my high school, Hammond, came and taught us. I really liked it there, and then I joined a little in seventh grade.

What's the toughest part of field hockey?

Probably playing together as a team. Sometimes our team likes to play independently, so we have to work on communicating more and working together.

What's it like working with the wrestling team as the manager over the years?

It's awesome. The team has so much heart, and they work so hard and they do so well - they've been state champions. So it's just awesome being around them and seeing how they come together as a team. I see how much heart they have and try to transfer that over to field hockey and the other sports I play.

How has playing sports influenced your high school years?

It gets me dedicated, gives you goals to reach. And now with college, I'd like to play field hockey in college.

You've missed only one day of school throughout high school - the day you left for Florida to play at the national festival for Team Maryland. What was it like not being in school?

It was weird [laughs]. I didn't know what to do, and then I had to go back and ask my teachers what I missed. But it wasn't much because it was right before Thanksgiving break. It was weird waking up and not going to school.

How did you get interested in possibly studying early childhood education?

I love kids. I work at a day care center and also watch kids at church - 2- to 4-year-olds. I really enjoy that. I love being around them, talking to them and hearing all the cute little things they say. They're just fun to be around.

GLENN GRAHAM

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