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February 24, 2014

Dominating at Disney

Georgetown High School sophomore Molly Jannell has been a field hockey goaltender for only two years, yet she is already raising eyebrows at the collegiate level.

A member of two developmental field hockey teams — Prime Field Hockey of Danvers and Extreme Field Hockey of Taunton — Jannell has already traveled great distances to exhibit her talents in goal. In fact, she just recently competed at Orlando, Fla.’s Disney World as part of the Wide World of Sports Under-16 North American Field Hockey Showcase.

“It was amazing when we found out about Disney World,” Jannell’s stepfather Corey Preman said. “We thought about how we would do this and decided to go ahead and take the whole family down and make a whole trip out of it. Molly’s mom, three sisters and I booked the trip and met her grandmother and grandfather down there.”

The tournament was very selective and included 96 different teams and nearly 2,000 of field hockey’s best from the United States and Canada. Because of the talent showcased, a plethora of college recruiters made the trip and were impressed by Jannell’s goal tending.

“It’s a huge tournament,” Preman said. “The competition is very intense and at a very high level.”

While it was a nerve-wracking experience, Jannell made the most of the collegiate attention, allowing just three goals in six games.

“It was a fantastic experience,” Jannell said. “I love the sport a lot, so when I was asked to go down, I was really excited. I met a bunch of new people and it was a great time. I got pretty nervous once I got down there because I saw the recruiters and competition. But as soon as I got there, my coaches told me to calm down and focus on my play and I did.”

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