Coming off of an average season in 2009, junior forward Allison Beardsley has lit up opposing defenses all season long.

Tied for first on the team in points with 15, Beardsley has proven herself to be a constant offensive attack in the Yellowjackets’ 10 games.

Beardsley has been a bright spot in a season in which the Yellowjackets have struggled, compiling a 4-6 record and 1-3 in the University Athletic Association standings.

Beardsley leads UR with seven goals and 30 shots on goal in the nine games in which she has played.

In the Yellowjackets’ biggest game of the season against St. Lawrence University, Beardsley beat the St. Lawrence goalie in a one-on-one situation to score the game-winning goal in overtime.

With another season ahead of her, Beardsley will continue to be a dominant force for the Yellowjackets’ offense.

When was the first time that you played field hockey?

I started playing field hockey in 8th grade.

Why did you choose to come to UR?

UR was a great choice for me because it’s close to home, it offers my major, and I get to play field hockey while receiving a great education.

What goes through your mind when you get the perfect goal opportunity?

I have to make this!

What is your favorite field hockey moment?

Last week when we beat St. Lawrence 2-1 in overtime. They beat us pretty bad last year and I wouldn’t have had the sudden death goal if it wasn’t for [sophomore forward Shelby Hall’s] great possession down the field.

How do you psych yourself up for a game?

I get really pumped when our team has a good warm-up and everyone is focused and ready to play.

What is more important to your game: power or finesse?

I’d say both are equally important. It’s good to be powerful and explosive, but it’s just as important to play with poise and control.

What do you want to do in the future?

I’m not exactly sure yet but I plan on getting my Masters of Arts in Public Administration or Business Administration.

How has field hockey helped you with your future plans?

Field hockey is time consuming during the season, so it’s important to manage time wisely.

What is your favorite sport to watch?

I’m a big fan of Syracuse [University] basketball and the Dallas Cowboys.

Who is your role model?

[It’s] typical, but my mom.

What is the most important factor for the field hockey team’s success?

Definitely a lot of communication on the field and playing as a team. When we’re playing at our best we can easily compete with some of the better teams in our league.

What sport would you be playing if you weren’t playing field hockey and why?

In high school I knew I wanted to play field hockey or basketball. My senior year I realized I was a better field hockey player than a basketball player and now I’m very happy I stuck with field hockey.

Some athletes say they have a sixth sense for where their teammates are. Do you have that with anyone on the team?

[Junior forward] Anna Dobrynzski and I have pretty good awareness of each other on the field.

Manrique is a member of the class of 2012.



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