Even the most talented athletes need to be in the right kind of atmosphere in order to maximize their potential.
Playing for the Ursinus College field hockey team in the fall of 2012, Courtney Scott found herself in an unusual position: struggling to find the joy the sport used to bring her. So after the season Scott decided she needed a change of scenery — and fast. So she transferred to Gordon College for the ensuing spring semester.
The Pennsylvania native quickly found herself in the perfect place as one of the Fighting Scots, and both she and her field hockey team are finding that their potential has no ceiling.
A year after posting a 6-14 record, Gordon saw an immediate turnaround this fall with Scott pioneering its offensive attack. The Fighting Scots went 17-6, won the Commonwealth Coast Conference title and made an appearance in the NCAA Division 3 postseason tournament.
Scott, meanwhile, broke the Gordon single-season goal record with 31 markers and was named to the Third Team All-American list by the National Field Hockey Coaches.
“Well, I was in the library when I found out so I couldn’t get all that excited,” said Scott. “But I was pretty thrilled and ecstatic. I hadn’t expected it at all. It’s thrilling I could be honored in such a way.”
Scott is the fourth player from the Wenham school to be named an All-American under head coach Cory Ward.
“It has been such an honor to coach Courtney this year. Her humility, hard work, faith and determination have all made our team better. We could not be more thankful to have her in our lives,” said Ward, who was actually announced as Courtney Ward at a home game this fall. “While the team thought that (announcement) was comical and laughed at the announcer, I didn’t mind. I am so thankful to be associated with one of the greatest forwards ever to play at Gordon College.”