Senior Katie Price is putting up bigger offensive numbers than usual this year for the Saint Thomas More Preparatory field hockey team in an effort to push her team into the postseason.


Age 17
Hometown Smyrna
School Saint Thomas More Preparatory
Grade 12
Position Midfield
Height 5 feet 7 inches

The Saint Thomas More Preparatory field hockey team has been on a roll for most of the year and is hoping that success translates into a playoff spot.

Helping lead the way for the Ravens has been senior midfielder Katie Price, who has been providing leadership and an offensive spark.

Price talked to the Dover Post Oct. 20 to try and explain her scoring surge this year, as well as what her team needs to do to ensure a place in the postseason.

Q You’re scoring at a more regular pace than in years past. Have you surprised yourself with that this season?
A I’ve kind of surprised myself because in previous years I really haven’t scored that much. But I’m really team-oriented. Our whole team is. So however the ball gets in the goal we’re happy with it.

Q Why do you think you’ve been scoring more this season?
A I’ve been practicing a lot out of season, doing futures play and playing a lot just trying to get better.

Q With the season winding down, your team has two losses and a tie in a schedule that isn’t as tough as some other teams in the state. Do you feel like this is still a team that will make the playoffs?
A Right now we’re getting nervous because we do have two losses and they were hard to take. We’re really excited though so we’re trying to work hard and keep winning, because if we keep winning hopefully we’ll make it to the playoffs.

Q What’s it like playing a full season where each game carries with it the pressure of a playoff game?
A I don’t know if we like it, but it helps us. It’s hard though.

Q Is it tough to get the younger girls acclimated to that kind of pressure?
A A lot of the girls get really nervous from the pressure, so we have to just keep encouraging them. There’s always a lot of encouragement on the field.

Q Have you enjoyed being a co-captain on the team this year?
A It’s actually been a lot of fun. We’ve been planning a lot of team bonding things. We’re a fun group but we’re also very intense at times on the field. There’s a fine line for us where it’s fun but we’re still being serious.

Q Does that intensity carry into practices and how to you break the tension once practice wraps up?
A Yeah we get serious in practice. But afterwards we’ll crack jokes at each other or compliment each other from a play they made. Sometimes, if someone takes the ball from me in a scrimmage, it’ll push me to play harder. But I’ll say “nice take” to them later on.

Q How do you get yourself ready for a game?
A I don’t have any superstitions or anything like that, but I do like to listen to music before the game. I really like Lil Wayne.

Q What are your plans after high school?
A I’m going to play [field hockey] for [the University of North Carolina]. I didn’t get a scholarship but I verbally committed in April and had my official visit last week. I’m really excited. I think I’m going to major in human biology but I don’t really know what I want to do with that yet. It’s still early.

KATIE’S FAVORITES
MOVIE “The Hangover”
MUSIC Hip-hop
MUSICAL ARTIST Lil Wayne
SPORT BESIDES FIELD HOCKEY College basketball
COLLEGE BASKETBALL TEAM University of North Carolina
PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE Michael Jordan

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WHO Saint Thomas More Preparatory (9-2-1, 7-1-1) vs. Archmere Academy (9-1-1, 5-0-1)
WHEN 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27
WHERE Saint Thomas More Preparatory, 133 Thomas More Drive, Magnolia