Carol Brinkley’s passion for field hockey nets invite to play internationally

With eight minutes left in the game Carol Brinkley, on the Eastern Mennonite University team, lifted the ball into the goal over Sweet Briar College’s goalie. Brinkley’s goal was the last score of the game and gave EMU a 6-0 win over SBC.

While the weather was misty and cold on Saturday, October 12 in Harrisonburg, it could not dampen the excitement on the field as the Royals of EMU took on the Vixens of SBC in field hockey on homecoming weekend. It was also senior day and Brinkley was recognized as one of three seniors on the EMU team this season, and was co-captain for the game.

Brinkley was a 2010 graduate of Thomas Dale High School. She played field hockey for the Knights and was on the 2009 Central District First Team All-District, 2009 Central Region Second Team All-Region, and made the 2009 Central Region All-Academic Team. In college she has been a starter for EMU for the past four seasons playing left midfielder, left defense, and left forward. She is studying for a degree in elementary education with a minor in coaching. She also made the Old Dominion Athletic Conference All-Academic Team last year.

Ms. Brinkey’s love of the game has spilled over into coaching, as coach for the U14 Piedmont Region field hockey team, competing at the Commonwealth games. This competition, consisting of teams from across the state, which is held each year in the spring.  The U14 Piedmont Region team has won the silver medal for the last two years under Carol’s coaching.

As a senior in college, her time as a competitive player is wrapping up, and while the college season will soon be over, she has a few more games to play this spring. Carol played field hockey across the country as part of a club team while she was in high school, but last spring she had a chance to play internationally when she was invited to play with USA Athletes International on the U.S.A. team going to Barbados. This spring she has been invited back to play with the USAAI team when they travel across the Atlantic to play in Scotland.


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