Penn-Trafford senior to continue field hockey career at Cornell |

Penn-Trafford senior to continue field hockey career at Cornell

Field hockey wasn’t always the sport of choice for Isabel Siergiej.

She participated in gymnastics when she was younger but after quitting, she was signed up to play the sport by her mother/

It turned out to be a smart decision choice as she signed her letter of intent to play at Cornell last week.

“I was a gymnast but I quit, and my mom signed me up since my sister was already going,” Siergiej said. “I stuck with it since. I don’t know if there was a turning point to when I wanted to play in college. I saw my sister, who is three years older than me, go through it and saw the process.”

She chose the Big Red over Northwestern, Penn and Penn State.

Cornell, a member of the Ivy League, is coming off an 11-5 season.

Coach Donna Hornibrook has coached the team for 10 seasons and has an 87-77 record.

Siergiej’s older sister Marisa is already on the team at Cornell. The junior back is coming off a strong season and was named to the All-Mideast Region All-American First-Team, the first time a Cornell player received the honor since 2008.

The No. 1 priority for Siergiej on choosing a college was to find a school with strong academic integrity.

“When considering a college, I wanted somewhere I felt supported me academically as well as athletically,” said Siergiej, who plans on studying engineering. “Beyond college, sports can only realistically take you so far. You need to have a strong education.”

Siergiej was a major catalyst behind the Warriors offensive success this season as they went 13-3.

“I will always remember when the team won the WPIAL title my freshman year,” Siergiej said. “I am going to miss going to practices and seeing all the girls.”

Nathan Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at [email protected] or via Twitter @NSmith_Trib.

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