As we begin the new year, LibertyFlames.com continues its player spotlight series with this week's focus on Alynn Richardson.
Richardson is a sophomore forward from Glendale, Mo. Richardson competed in each of the Lady Flames' 18 contests, accounting for four goals during the campaign. Richardson has netted eight goals throughout her career, ranking 10th all-time in program history.
Who introduced you to field hockey? Richardson: I had been playing soccer up until high school, and was looking for a sport to play in the offseason. A bunch of my soccer teammates had been playing field hockey and told me I should check it out and try out for a club team. I loved field hockey so much that I stopped playing soccer and picked up hockey year round!
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? Richardson: Altogether, there are six people in my family. My dad works for a health insurance company as a social worker, and my mom is a nurse in a hospital's Emergency Room. I have an older brother, Ryan, who recently graduated from college with a biology degree and he now works in a university research lab. My older sister Hannah runs cross country and track at Kansas where she is studying exercise science. Caroline, my younger sister is in high school right now, and loves to dance and study Spanish.
If you weren't playing field hockey which sport would you enjoy playing? Richardson: If I weren't playing field hockey, I would probably be running track or cross county. I really enjoy going on longer runs, so I think being on a track team would be a lot of fun!
Tell us your recruiting story on how you got to Liberty. Richardson: During my sophomore year of high school, I began to think about playing field hockey at the collegiate level. I started contacting a few Christian schools that had field hockey programs. After visiting the universities, I narrowed my choices to Liberty and one other small college. I began going to large tournaments which many college coaches attended, and I soon found out that going to Liberty would not be possible. However, a few months later Coach Murphy saw me at nationals and offered me a spot on the team, in which I was ecstatic! With much prayer and deliberation, it became clear that it was the Lord's will for me to attend Liberty and play hockey for them.
If you could get away from field hockey for a little bit, what would you enjoy doing? Richardson: If I had some time away from field hockey I would love to get involved in a non-profit organization. It's so neat that we are able to serve the community around us, meet the needs of others, and build relationships with people we would have never met. Volunteering would be a great way to get the focus off our needs and more on how we can serve others.
What are you studying, and what do you enjoy about that? Richardson: Right now I am studying elementary education with a cognate in history. This combines some of my two greatest passions which are teaching kids and learning more about early America! I find it amazing that the Lord has given children the ability to learn information, grow emotionally, and find different talents. I love that I am able to play a part in educating students and leading them closer to the Lord.
Any connections to famous athletes or influential people around the country? Richardson: I don't think I'm related to any famous athletes, but my sister made it to the NCAA DI National Track & Field finals in the 1500 meter race!
Who were your heroes growing up, and who did you emulate in the backyard or playground? Richardson: One of my heroes throughout my entire life has been my mom. She has such a strong faith, emulates a passion for Christ, and I know I can always ask her any Biblical questions. She also ran track in college, so she has been one of my athletic inspirations too!
What was your favorite memory that you took away from this season? Richardson: My favorite memory from this past season was definitely the senior game! It was awesome to see all the seniors play their hearts out, and finish their careers with such a bang. They have worked so hard over the past years, have been wonderful mentors, and have given everything to this program. So it's cool to see all their hard work pay off.
What are you looking forward to most in this new year? Richardson: With the new year, I am looking forward to now being in the Big East Conference. It is a huge step for our program, being able to compete with other top teams. Being in the Big East also gives us something to strive towards as we work hard throughout the spring season.
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