Nov. 21, 2011
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
Boston College field hockey senior Courtney Tavener took her final bow as a standout collegiate player at the National Field Hockey Coaches' Association (NFHCA) Senior Game on Saturday, Nov. 19 at the University of Louisville.
"I am thrilled that Courtney had another opportunity to wear the BC jersey and represent the team in a national showcase," head coach Ainslee Lamb said. "Her career at BC was a fantastic one and I am happy that she wanted one more chance to play for the Eagles."
Associate head coach Chris Clements, who had the opportunity to be at the game and watch Tavener take part in the event, echoed Lamb's opinions.
"It was a pleasure to watch Courtney play in this game, celebrating her career," Clements said. "As Courtney does, she gave it everything she had and performed incredibly well on a stage that is a true showcase of the nation's best seniors. I was very proud to see her represent BC at this event in honor of her outstanding career in the maroon and gold."
Tavener, a product of Winchester, Mass., was named a Senior All Star by the members of the NFHCA's selection committee. At this year's event in Kentucky, the Senior Game participants not only had the opportunity to compete against each other, but against the U.S. Women's National Team, as well.
"Every year we are fortunate to have BC represented at the Senior All-Star Game and every year [the selected players] return raving about the experience," Lamb commented. "It is a fantastic event to showcase the top senior players in all of Division I. The NFHCA does a tremendous job hosting the games and players at this annual event."
After turning in the best year of her career at Boston College, Tavener was excited for the opportunity to take part in this final game.
"I was honored to be selected amongst some of the great senior players this year," Tavener said. "It was also nice to be able represent BC."
The forward, a 2011 ACC Player of the Week selection and a NFHCA All-Northeast Region First Team honoree, enjoyed both the social and athletic aspects of the event.
"I was able to play with some players and friends who I have been playing with and against since I was younger, which was fun and made that day that much better," Tavener explained. "Plus, there were no added pressures that sometimes come with college sports, so we could all relax and just play the game."
Although Tavener's career is completed at Boston College, the soon-to-be graduate is looking forward to the possibility of staying active with field hockey in the future.
"I don't really have a plan as of yet if I will coach or not, but field hockey will definitely be a part of my life in some way or another in the coming years."