With the Liberty field hockey team getting ready for its final two regular season matches against Temple on Friday and No. 18 Wake Forest on Sunday, LibertyFlames.com spotlights Mallory Fortenbaugh in its field hockey focus series.
Fortenbaugh is a freshman defender from Millerstown, Pa. She has played in all 14 matches this season for the Lady Flames, making 13 starts.
Fortenbaugh has three defensive saves on the year, which ranks 19th-best in the nation. Her three defensive stops are tied for second in program history for a single season. Fortenbaugh also has one assist this season.
Tell us your recruiting story and how you came to Liberty. Fortenbaugh: I visited a lot of other schools throughout my college search, but something kept bringing me back to Liberty. With every other school that I visited, it became more and more obvious to me that this was where God wanted me to be. I chose to come to Liberty because it was so different from any of the other schools I visited. Knowing that I would be surrounded by people who not only loved field hockey but loved the Lord as well was one of the most comforting things about deciding to come to school here.
What has been your favorite class so far at Liberty, and why? Fortenbaugh: My favorite class so far is definitely my COMS 101 class. Although I definitely do not like giving speeches in front of people, I love all the people in my class along with my GSA. We always have so much fun in that class.
What has been the biggest difference between college field hockey and high school field hockey? Fortenbaugh: I think that the biggest difference between high school and college field hockey is the amount of time and work that is required. Also, being on a team with girls who are all equally committed to putting in that same time and work.
What do your parents do for work? Do you have siblings? If so, how old are they and where are they in school? Fortenbaugh: My father is an accountant, and my mother is a fifth grade teacher. I have three older brothers. Zachary is 24 and is attending local community college while also working. Colten is 22 and is attending the University of Pittsburgh. Jarrett is 20 and is attending Temple University.
Is your hometown of Millerstown, Pa., known for anything in particular? Fortenbaugh: My hometown used to be known for being in the only county in Pennsylvania that did not have a stop light. However, there is one now. So aside from that, my hometown is not known for anything.
What has been your impression of competing in the BIG EAST Conference in your first year, as well as playing against several of the top schools in the nation? Fortenbaugh: Getting to be a part of the BIG EAST Conference in my first year has been an amazing experience and privilege. It's such a blessing to be given the opportunity to go out and play against some of the best players in the nation and know that we can compete with them.
What is your favorite place on Liberty's campus or surrounding area and why? Fortenbaugh: My favorite place on campus is probably my dorm room because my walls are covered with pictures of all my favorite people that I love and miss, and my bed is really comfortable. However, I'm not sure if that answer counts, so aside from my dorm, I would have to say the field hockey complex. We have one of the best facilities that I have ever seen, along with the perfect setup. Everything is top-quality.
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