Mountain Vista senior Taylor Donaldson feels overlooked and somewhat unrecognized. She is a field hockey player and many people don't know anything about the sport or if it is even recognized as a …
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Mountain Vista senior Taylor Donaldson feels overlooked and somewhat unrecognized.
She is a field hockey player and many people don't know anything about the sport or if it is even recognized as a girls high school sport in Colorado.
Field hockey is a sanctioned sport but there are just 15 Colorado High School Activities Association teams, and most are formed on a co-op basis between neighboring schools.
“You are definitely overlooked because of the bigger sports like football and even girls soccer," she said. "Not many people even know that field hockey is a sport. If they do hear that people play on a field hockey team, they ask: `What is that?' So people really don't come to our games, actually nobody comes to our games."
Donaldson is a student at Mountain Vista on the co-op field hockey team that is coached by her mother, Cindy Staab. In the spring she plays girls lacrosse for a co-op team at rival ThunderRidge, which is sometimes hard to explain to other Vista students.
“When we are playing it is normal because we know each other pretty well,” she said of playing on teams with players from other schools. “The funny thing is when we dress up for lacrosse games on game days and I'll be wearing a ThunderRidge jersey to school or a ThunderRidge T-shirt to school, people will be asking: `Why are you wearing our rivals colors?'"
Donaldson leads her team with seven goals and 16 points in the first six games of the season. She tied for the leading goal scorer last spring for the ThunderRidge girls lacrosse team with 39 tallies.
“Taylor is an athletic field hockey player.”
Dana Srdoc, Mountain Vista assistant girls field hockey coach
What's your favorite pre-game meal?
I don't like to eat too much before a game but I like to have fruit and my mom always likes for me to have some protein, so I will normally eat some ham and an apple or something.
Who is your favorite athlete?
My favorite athlete is a girl named Molly Hendrick. She is a lacrosse player who used to play for UNC and they won the national championship. She now plays professional lacrosse and she has been an inspiration for me.
What music do you listen to before a game and why?
I kind of like to listen to pop music that the whole team can sing to and get pumped up. So it is kind of the classic pop hits.
What or who motivates you most to excel in sports?
Probably my mom (Cindy Staab) for field hockey. She is our coach and loves field hockey. A lot of this I'm doing for her since I'm on the team and she motivates me and I want to get better for her.
What would be a perfect performance in your sport?
I liked to have at least one goal for myself and then I would say perfect for me would be giving my all and working as hard as I can. If I come off the field knowing I did my best that's perfect for me.
What is your favorite class in school and why?
Psychology. I took it last year and loved it. I love to learn about the human brain and why we do what we do.
What do you like to do away from sports and school?
I like to hang out with my friends, watch movies and go out. I love to bowl and love shopping. I love to go to the mall a lot and it is one of the things I maybe do a little too much outside of sports.
What are your plans after high school?
I am committed to play lacrosse at UCCS in Colorado Springs. So I'm going to go there and major in psychology. I really don't have a plan for after that.
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