Presseur, Bardwell represent Castleton at national all-star game

We breathe it, we build it, we live it. Two of Castleton’s own field hockey players, Rachel Preusser and Stephanie Bardell, were invited by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) to play in the Division III senior all-star game in Virginia Beach on Nov. 20. Usually, only one player from the team gets chosen, but this year was special because two were selected.
“It’s really rewarding because it shows that all your hard work pays off,” Preusser said.
Not just any senior on any team is chosen. It is for all the outstanding seniors specifically chosen by the NFHCA. Just over 50 seniors from all over the United States were chosen to play in the game. They were chosen from 160 division III colleges in the country.
“It was fun because everyone was in it just for fun,” Bardell said. “I liked the camaraderie of all the seniors knowing it was our last game.”
Having this opportunity to play just one more game made these seniors quite happy. Coming off of a loss against Utica in the first round of the NCAA tournament, both Preusser and Bardell were excited to continue to play. They didn’t have to end their season right then and there.
“My favorite part was being able to play with 50 or so of some of the best D3 field hockey players in the nation,” Preusser said.
Kealy Chipman, a 2013 graduate had the opportunity to compete in the game last year agreed that it was a great honor to play amongst the best seniors in the division.
Coach Tammy Landon was extremely proud her players were selected and able to play.
“The game is a fun event and really just an honor to be able to play with and meet some of the other seniors,” she said. “They both played great and represented us well.”

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