Winnetka, Sports

Athlete of the Week: 10 questions with Izzy Morgan, New Trier field hockey

Izzy Morgan is a senior midfielder for the Trevians. She has 100 high school goals, the first Trevian to reach that mark in at least 35 years, and she will competed with Princeton University next year.

1. Do you have any pregame rituals or superstitions?

I am a very superstitious person, which is something a lot of my teammates know about me. This season, my No. 1 thing has been, we go through warmups — stretching, passing, shooting — and then I go over and put my captain’s band on. We go into a team huddle and then the scrimmaging part of warm up. And I do other things, like my right shoe, right sock, right shinguard all go on first.

2. Why is Princeton a good fit for you?

I just love the connection I made with the girls and coaches immediately when I met them. They seemed like a great group of people that I could see myself being a part of. It’s an incredible school and a competitive field hockey program and a place I can see myself excelling and doing well.

3. When did you first get into field hockey?

I got into field hockey I think the summer of 2013. My older sister had a friend who was trying out for the Windy City program so started playing. My parents have played. They are both from South Africa. They were super excited hearing about a field hockey program in area. So they signed me and my sister up for summer and fall league.

4. If you could play another sport, what would it be?

I’ve always said I wanted to try lacrosse. It’s similar in a lot of ways to field hockey, but also super different. I think it’s really fun to watch.

5. What is your favorte thing to do off the field?

Probably just spend time with my family and friends. Just hang out and relax.

6. What is your dream job?

I think my dream job would be secretary of state. I’d say it would be president, but I was born in holland, so I can’t be. So I think secretary of state. Their diplomatic power and peacemaking abilities are super cool. The way they manage relations with other countries is super important.

7. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

I think I’d probably go to Argentina to see the Patagonia mountains. I’ve seen pictures; it looks awesome. I speak Spanish so it would be awesome to go there and put my Spanish skills to good use.

8. If you’re in Walgreens with a couple bucks, what are you buying?

I think I’d buy a chocolate milk and probably some candy, which definitely depends on my mood, and Cheez-Its. The candy would probably be Rolos.

9. What is something people don’t know about you?

A lot of people close to me know I’m from Holland, but most people who meet me wouldn’t know I was born in the Netherlands. Another thing people don’t know is I do all the graphic design for the field hockey team and some social media.

10. At this point in the season (late in the playoffs), how do you stay focused?

Staying true to what you’ve been working hard for all summer, all season and even last winter. Trusting the process and knowing you put in so much work and so much effort toward this. … You have put in the time and energy and we have the skills. It’s just trusting each other and trusting our abilities.

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