Brit Mscisz never played field hockey before she entered high school at Pingree, where she volunteered to play goalie.
It turned out to be a terrific decision.
Now a senior at Wellesley College, Mscisz earned All-American honors after finishing her illustrious career with 38 wins, 225 saves and 10 shutouts with a 1.23 goals against average and 0.76 save percentage.
Last fall, the Topsfield resident captained the Blue to the third round of the NCAA Division 3 tournament and guided them to an 18-4 record, the most wins ever in school history.
“We had a great year and it was an incredible experience for our entire team,” said Mscisz. “The best part was that every year since I’ve been on the team, we’ve kept getting better.
“This was an unbelievable journey, especially as a senior captain. We’d been working very hard ... and seeing it all pay off was very rewarding.”
Wellesley went to the NCAA Elite Eight for only the second time in program history last fall, losing to third-ranked Salisbury University, 4-1, in Maryland last November. During Mscisz’s career Wellesley was 45-22 overall and 22-10 in NEWMAC (New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference) competition, winning their first league championship in more than 10 years.
Mscisz was named a National Field Hockey Coaches Association third team All-American selection. She joined teammate Nathalie Gruet (first team), marking the first time in 11 years Wellesley placed two on the All-American list. She made 76 saves this season with six shutouts and a 0.96 GAA, good for 10th nationally in Division 3. She also received all-conference and all-region honors.
Also an outstanding lacrosse player and captain at Wellesley (her 40 goals and 51 points made her the team’s second-leading scorer last year), Mscisz made the school’s field hockey team as a freshman and has started since her sophomore year, having logged over 3,700 minutes of playing time.
“Playing goalie was challenging from the beginning because I play attack in lacrosse and am shooting on the net,” said the NEWMAC All-Conference first team and All-Regional first team selection, who was also chosen to play in the North-South Senior All-Star game. “The skills required for a goalie are very different, but the more you practice the more they become natural. It’s a nice change from preventing goals in one sport to scoring them in another.
“At Pingree you have to be involved in a sport all three seasons, so I picked field hockey when I first got there. One of the first questions asked was if anybody wanted to play goalie, and I volunteered. My thinking was the game was completely new for me, so I might as well try something different.”
One of the best things for her has been the deep friendships she has formed through the sport.
Mscisz has been very busy at Wellesley, taking a double major in economics and environmental studies in addition to playing two sports. She intends to pursue a career in environmental or management consulting, either in the United States or abroad.
“In the four years I’ve been at Wellesley I’ve learned to make good use of my time,” said Mscisz. “Between sports and academic responsibilities I don’t have much time to waste, and making the best use of my time is an important skill to learn that will help me in the future.”
Mscisz said her All-American selection, difficult for goalies to earn because so few are chosen, is a team honor because she had solid defense in front on her all season.
A starter for the lacrosse team since he freshman year, Mscisz will join the team in Florida over spring break for a week of practices and two games to get ready for her final season of collegiate athletics.
“The main goals for the season are to have fun, focus, work hard and go far in the NEWMAC (regular season) and tournament,” she said. “This being my last year, I really want to end on a high note.”