After last year's undefeated regular season and Eastern Independent League and tournament titles, Pingree's Varsity Field Hockey team was one of 36 nationwide invited to play at the Max Field Hockey High School National Invitational at Villanova from September 20–22, 2019. Though the team will be short seven seniors from the successful 2018–2019 season, coach Jen Richardson is optimistic about her returning players and a few newcomers working together to secure the NEPSAC Championship in 2019. Two of these returning players are Maddie Mullaney and Alana Richardson, both members of the class of 2021. Maddie and Alana are well-known in EIL and regional play and both have taken great strides in the Olympic development pipeline, the U.S. Futures Program, in the past two years.
A native of Boxford, Maddie Mullaney '21 is listed in the top 50 field hockey players nationwide in the class of 2021. Maddie began her field hockey career as an outside attacking midfielder in fifth grade as part of a grassroots Masco middle school program, then moved into club play the following year at Danvers Indoor Sports. After transferring to Seacoast United, her play on the team helped qualify them for national club championship berths in 2016, 2017, and 2018. Maddie captained the U-14 team in 2017, leading them to a fourth-place finish nationally, the highest the team has ranked in its history.
May 2019 saw the Regional Futures Tournament, at which Maddie was selected for the U-16 Regional team. The team competed over four days in June at the National Futures Tournament in Spooky Nook, Pennsylvania. Maddie was then selected for the Stars and Stripes all-star team at the completion of the tournament again for the fourth consecutive year.
This summer, Maddie was selected to the USA Regional Futures Team, again for the fourth time. At the conclusion of the National Futures Tournament, she was selected to the Rise O-16 Junior National Camp which was held June 29 to July 3. In between club and Olympic pipeline playing experiences, Maddie attends College Connection programs, showcases and dedicates her time traveling to various colleges getting in as many clinics as she can along with three or more camps each summer. All of this playing experience leads to exciting prospects for the 2019 Pingree field hockey season!
Like her teammate, Alana Richardson '21 is a Boxford native who has been playing since fifth grade for Masco, Danvers Indoor Sports, and Seacoast United.
Alana was named to the U-17 US Women's National Field Hockey Team in February, an accomplishment that speaks to her tremendous work ethic throughout a long process. At the end of June 2018, players were selected for the U-17 Junior National Camp roster. Alana was picked with 58 other players to attend the camp in July in Pennsylvania then made the cut with 38 athletes selected for the Winter Junior National Camp.
Alana traveled again to Spooky Nook from January 22–25 for the U-17 National Camp selection process, which resulted in her selection for the 2019 U-17 National Team. Her training covered four weekends in February, March, and April. Alana was named to the final travel roster for the international tournament held in Cologne, Germany from April 18–20, where the US fell to Germany in two games and tied Belgium in their third.
This summer, Alana also was selected to the USA Regional Futures Team for the fourth consecutive year. In June she played once again in the National Futures Championship U-19 Girls tournament. After the tournament, Alana was selected for the Elite Stars and Stripes team once again and received an invitation to the O-16 Rise Junior National Camp in July. At the conclusion of the Junior National camp, she was then selected for the second-round January tryout for the 2020 Rise program. Her Seacoast United, College Connection, collegiate camps, and Pingree playing experience is keeping her busy and sharp as she continues in the Olympic pipeline.
Keep an eye on @pingreefh on Twitter and Instagram to follow along with these talented athletes as they gear up with their teammates for a fall season of EIL play!
Note: The path to the U.S. Women's National Team is long and in the midst of a restructuring to conform to international standards—last year, there were U-16 and U-17 teams, whereas this year shifted to U-16 and U-20 (O-16 Rise) teams. While both Maddie and Alana are juniors, the December 31 birthday cutoff means Alana plays in the older bracket.