Barker High senior to play field hockey at St. Lawrence University

Contributed Story Posted 3 May 2015 at 12:00 am

Contributed Photo – Barker High senior Melissa Grosshans, who has signed to play field hockey at St. Lawrence University, is shown her seated with her parents Wendy and Scott Grosshans. In back, from left are, Barker Athletic Director, David Carson; Retired Barker Field Hockey Coach and Section VI Field Hockey Coordinator, Judith Otto; Barker Field Hockey Coach, Jeff Costello and Assistant Barker Field Hockey Coach, Bill Moeller.

Barker Central School is pleased to announce that Melissa Grosshans will continue her field hockey career at St. Lawrence University this fall where she will major in Psychology and minor in Sports Studies.

Grosshans’ field hockey highlights include a spectacular senior year where she was named 1st Team Niagara-Orleans All-League, 1st Team All-Western New York, and she was selected to the All-State team. She has been a key member of 4 league, 5 section, and 3 Far West Regional championship field hockey teams.

The Honorable Mention All-Western New York Scholar-Athlete also plays basketball and softball for the Barker Lady Raiders.

“The Barker field hockey program looks forward to a bright college career for Melissa Grosshans at St. Lawrence University. Melissa takes to the Saints her winning attitude, remarkable work ethic and her mentality of playing low and with her head up,” said Barker field hockey Coach Jeff Costello. “She has a great knowledge of the game and is a determined and committed player to be successful. She’s a player who makes herself and her teammates better in practice and in the offseason. Her contributions to Barker’s success are immeasurable. She has been an exceptional student-athlete and will be a great addition to the St. Lawrence field hockey program and to the university.”

“We are very excited that Melissa has chosen St. Lawrence. We feel she is a terrific fit both academically and athletically. She’s going to offer a lot to our field hockey program” said St. Lawrence University field hockey Coach Fran Grembowicz. “We really like the way she moves on the field. She’s a really gutsy player and a she’s a really good team player. She has great field vision. So we’re very excited about that. On top of that she’s a tremendous person. Her personality fit extremely really well with our team when she visited. As a student-athlete she really represents and we feel will represent St. Lawrence very well on both on the academic side and the athletic side.”