IR alumnus rocks field hockey at Lynchburg

When an Indian River athlete goes above and beyond in their sport, it is noteworthy. When they take that skill and excel at the collegiate level, it is extraordinary. And Jordan Warrington, now a sophomore at Lynchburg College, has done precisely that. Her five field hockey goals against Randolph-Macon College earlier this month helped earn her team a 9-2 win and Warrington individual recognition as the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Player of the Week for the week of Sept 21.

“It’s been really exciting,” said Warrington, who played field hockey at Indian River High School before enrolling at Lynchburg. “We’re undefeated in the conference, and we’ve moved up in the national ranking.”

On Sept. 19, the Lady Hornets destroyed Randolph-Macon, as five of Jordan’s six shots found the back of the cage, tying the mark for the second-most goals in a game in school history while also making the Top 10 list in most points in a game, with 10.

Warrington followed up with a goal and assist against Washington and Lee on Sept. 23, an assist against St. Mary’s on Sept. 26 and a goal against Wesley College on Sept. 27. She is currently second on the team in both goals (9) and points (20). All three subsequent games resulted in wins for the Hornets, catapulting the team into the 11th spot nationally. Overall, Lynchburg is 8-2, with an undefeated record in the conference as of this week.

Stepping in as a freshman on the team last year definitely came with some hesitancy.

“When I came to the school,” Warrington recalled, “I wasn’t sure how well I would do. I didn’t even know if I would make the team. Hard work has paid off, though.”

As an Indian, Warrington played center-mid, but at Lynchburg, she’s handled the backfield and currently starts at right wing.

Enza Steele, the head coach of the Lynchburg field hockey team said she’s seen great improvement in Warrington since her start on the team.

“Jordan was one of our top recruits,” Steele said. “We were expecting a lot from her, and she fit right in. She is quick and aggressive and can bring the ball down. She has a hard pass and a strong shot and can get the ball across the cage, as well as get it in herself. She works really hard to get the job done and has a great work ethic.”

“They brought me up to forward last year, and I started getting the hang of it,” Warrington said. The transition to a school six hours away from home was a shock at first, but Warrington has adjusted.

“It was tough at first,” she admitted. “I’ve always been close with my family, but since I play a college sport, they’ve come out to the games and shown a lot of support. It got a lot easier once they were there, and now I’m used to it.”

Being a sophomore with plenty more time left in her college athletics career, Warrington said she doesn’t “feel like a star yet.”

“I don’t feel like I’m up there yet,” she said. “I’m still young. One of my teammates scored over 100 goals in her career. She’s breaking the school’s season record and will probably be breaking the conference record soon. I don’t feel like I’m at that level, but it’s still a lot of fun.”