Leesburg, Va. — Heritage High School midfielder Josephine Robson has committed to Washington & Jefferson College to play field hockey starting in the 2019-2020 school year.
The 5-foot-7 senior – who also plays for Potomac Field Hockey – chose the school for reasons that went past the hockey pitch.
“I chose W&J because of the amazing academic programs as well as the team chemistry,” Robson said. “The coach and players were so inviting and acted like a family.”
A great deal of her decision, however, was due to their athletic programs.
“It also doesn’t hurt that they are ranked 13th in the nation and won their district last year,” Robson said.
Field hockey has been a part of Robson’s life for a while, as she started playing when she was just eight years old.
“Field hockey has been a part of my life for ten years, and I have no idea what my life would look like or who I would be without it,” Robson said. “Throughout the years, my coaches have helped me grow as a player and a person. [Field hockey] gives me an emotional outlet and gets my mind on something else besides school or social drama.”
Committing can be a stressful experience for a student-athlete and finishing the process was a big relief for Robson.
“I know what my future looks like, and I love it,” Robson said. “My peers are still finding and applying to where they want to go, but I’m set and ready to move on to the next major chapter in my life.”
In the next chapter of her life, Robson will join a Division III Presidents team that is currently undefeated at 11-0.
“I think I will add a structured style of play which matches their style now,” Robson said. “I hope to keep the style of play as smooth as it is now.”
Playing in high school is a transformative experience for many, and for Robson, the experience was no different. She was effusive in her praise of the Pride, which is currently sitting in second place in the Dulles District at 12-2.
“My varsity field hockey experience has changed my life. As a tight-knit and successful team, we have become a family. Through thick and thin we stick together and it shows,” Robson said. “In our inaugural season, we won conference and region. Last year, we were second in the region and third in states. Being with the same people every afternoon and going through games together every week changes you, and I’ve made lifelong friends through high school field hockey.”