BY JEFF FALK
Given the Northern Lebanon field hockey’s history for churning out netminders and Paige Stuppy’s individual track record, it could very well be that Lock Haven has uncovered a diamond in the rough.
On Wednesday, national signing-day across the country, Stuppy, a senior goaltender for the Vikings, promised to take her netminding skills to the Division One program located in northern Pennsylvania. In Stuppy’s mind, the Bald Eagles won out over Temple, Lehigh, Bloomsburg and a few other Division One offers.
By starting every game since her freshman season, Stuppy completed her Northern Lebanon career as the program’s all-time leader in career saves and single-season saves. Some pretty lofty accomplishments when one considers the fact that the Vikings also produced Amy Tran-Swenesen, Team USA’s Olympic goaltender for the past ten years who retired recently.
In her last season in Fredericksburg, Stuppy faced 352 shots and kicked out 306 of them. During her career, Stuppy garnered Lancaster-Lebanon Leauge all-star status three times and was named all-Lebanon County in the net on four ocassions.
Lock Haven compiled a 11-9 mark in 2012.
Interestingly enough, Stuppy is also considering walking on to the Golden Eagles’ softball team. Stuppy also excelled on the diamond for the Vikings, posting a .417 career batting average and being selected as an all-Lancaster-Lebanon League third baseman twice.