With the field hockey season opener vastly approaching, LibertyFlames.com continues its player spotlight series. This week's spotlight is on senior midfielder Erin Dombach.
Hailing from Lancaster, Pa., Dombach is one of nine Keystone State natives on the 2015 roster. The senior has competed in 66 contests during her three years, starting in each match. The midfielder has accounted for four goals and ranks fifth in program history in assists with 12.
Who introduced you to the sport that you're playing? Dombach: My mom played field hockey in high school and was a field hockey official for 17 years. She introduced me to the sport and took me to camps as a kid.
Tell me about your family. What do your parents, or guardians, do? How many brothers or sisters do you have and what do they do? Dombach: I am the youngest of three children. My dad is the distribution manager at Turkey Hill Dairy, and my mom works at Good Harvest Greenhouse and is a track and field sprinting coach at my high school. My sister, Janae, graduated from Millersville University and is a medical laboratory scientist. My brother, Travis, graduated from Geneva College and is an electrical engineer. My brother got married a little over a year ago, and my sister-in-law, Hannah, is a preschool teacher.
If you weren't playing your sport which one would you enjoy playing? Dombach: If I did not play field hockey, I would enjoy being a triple jumper on the track and field team.
Tell us your recruiting story on how you got to Liberty. Dombach: During my junior year of high school I heard that a few girls from Lancaster were going to Liberty to play field hockey, Helen Doolittle and Morgan Mummau. I decided to look more into Liberty, and I contacted Coach Murphy about my interest in being on the team. I met Coach Murphy at a tournament in the beginning of the summer after my junior year. I visited Liberty for the first time about a month later. I truly felt like the Lord opened the door for me to come to Liberty and I verbally committed to play field hockey at Liberty at the end of my visit.
If you could get away from your sport for a little bit, what would you enjoy doing? Dombach: If I get a little time away from field hockey, I enjoy relaxing and spending time with family and friends. I enjoy spending time outdoors and going to new places.
What are you studying, and what do you enjoy about that? Dombach: I recently started studying Public Health: Nutrition at Liberty. I enjoy learning about all of the different aspects of health and how nutrition influences our bodies.
Who were your heroes growing up, and who did you emulate in the backyard or playground? Dombach: Growing up I always looked up to my parents. They continuously set a great example for me and encouraged me in everything that I did. I am very thankful for their influence in my life, and I continue to look up to them today.
Heading into the season opener on Friday, how important is it to begin the 2015 campaign with a victory against James Madison? Dombach: I am extremely excited about our season opener against James Madison on Friday! I think it will be a great opportunity for us to put into play all that we focused on throughout preseason this year. Getting our first win on Friday would definitely help us start this season on the right foot and give us confidence as we continue on into the season.
The team just spent the preseason at Virginia Beach for two weeks, how do you feel the team chemistry is heading into Friday's showdown with the Dukes? Dombach: Spending preseason at Virginia Beach this year was a really big blessing for our team. The team was constantly together, on and off the field, and as a result we quickly formed a strong team chemistry. I think that having spent so much time together these last two weeks will benefit us as we move into our first game of the season.
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