Indian River alumnus Brittany Croll concluded her field hockey career at Franklin & Marshall by being named to the 2005 Dartfish/National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-American second team and the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III All-Star field hockey team.
“It’s a huge honor and a great way to end my field hockey career,” Croll said.
Croll led the Diplomats in scoring (16 goals) and assists (nine), plus she was the conference leader in shots per game (5.35). Four of her 16 goals were game-winners.
Her field hockey career started in seventh grade. She played club and pick-up games to sharpen her burgeoning skills. As a three-sport star, Croll eventually was offered an academic scholarship to play field hockey at Franklin & Marshall, which suited her better than some of the larger schools.
“I went back and forth whether I would play at a Division I or II school. But in the end I wanted to go to a small liberal-arts school. That was my main criteria and Franklin & Marshall offered the best total package,” Croll said.
Croll’s career at Franklin & Marshall is caked with accolades. But now that she’s set to graduate in the spring of 2006, a new challenge awaits.
Her strong academic background and passion for the environment made a career choice an easy selection. Currently, Croll is an environmental studies major with a minor in public policies and plans to go to graduate school to study ecology. Her career choices range from the Environmental Protection Agency to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or any number of conservation agencies.
Even though she was valedictorian upon graduation from Indian River in 2002, she made it clear that her field of study was no walk in the park.
“The classes here are tough but the professors are professional and very supportive,” she said. “They are more than willing to help.”
Cornell is her top graduate-school choice and she noted that admission standards are very competitive. But that is the price for ecological awareness.
“There are so many questions regarding global warming, and we need to develop a better public awareness on what the repercussions may be,” said Croll.
She mentioned that polar bears most likely will be extinct in the next 50 years and that currently Alaskan Inuits are being displaced because of melting glacial structures.
Despite coming from small-town America, Croll encourages others to grab their dreams.
“It doesn’t matter where you come from, good things will come from hard work,” Croll said.