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Cocalico field hockey standout Carrie Sensenig picks ODU
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Cocalico field hockey player Carrie Sensenig will follow in the footsteps of her older sister Dana, who went on to star at Division One Old Dominion University before making the 2008 Olympic team in Beijing.
Recently, the younger Sensenig, who is heading into her senior season at Cocalico, gave her verbal commitment to play at ODU, located in Norfolk, Va., beginning in the fall of 2014.
Sensenig, a 2012 Section Two Second Team All-Star who finished with eight goals and four assists during her junior campaign, chose the Monarchs after considering offers from other Division One programs such as Penn State, Virginia, Louisville, and the University of Massachusetts.
Factored into her final decision was Old Dominion’s rich history of field hockey success at the Division One level, as well as the credentials, direction, and reputation of new head coach, Andrew Griffiths, who left Lafayette recently to take over for legendary ODU Coach Beth Anders.
According to Sensenig, she was interested in playing for Griffiths at Lafayette. And when he moved, that led her to take a closer look at ODU.
"I was actually looking at Lafayette," Sensenig said. "And then when he moved to ODU I figured I’d check it out. And I just loved it."
"With my sister having played there, that just made it better," she continued. "I always knew I wanted to play D-1 hockey, I just didn’t know where. I’m excited. It’s a different coach so it’s not going to be exactly the same experience that Dana had, but I’m still really excited about it."
The quality of the academic program at ODU was also a major consideration for Sensenig, who is the daughter of Cocalico Superintendent Dr. Bruce Sensenig and his wife Denise. She plans to major in speech and language pathology.
"I was interested in studying psychology first, and then I realized there weren’t as many job opportunities in that field," she said. "I talked to my dad about it and he mentioned speech and language pathology and how it’s really needed in the schools, so I thought I’d check it out. After talking to the departments at ODU I realized that I wanted to do that."
Old Dominion is in its first year competing in the Big East Conference. Sensenig will join three Lancaster-Lebanon League Alums at ODU in Cass Wagner (Manheim Central), Katie Fuhrman (Hempfield) and Emily Harting (Warwick).