Isabella Garver was a standout field hockey player for Rockland District and Oceanside high schools — and continued to impress on the pitch at the collegiate level the past four years at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Despite an injury that led to her missing several midseason games, Garver was a factor in every game during her senior campaign as she helped lead the Engineers to a 10-6 season.

As a forward, Garver started seven of eight games she played this season, which saw her collect a career-high in goals with three, while also adding five assists.

Interestingly enough, Garver’s three goals came in four of the first five games of the season and she was off to a sensational start — until two minutes into the second half of the team's fifth game of the season against Wellesley on Sept. 16.

“I got a ball drilled at me that rolled up my stick and ended up breaking my thumb,” she said. “This unfortunately put me out of play for four-and-a-half weeks. It was pretty disappointing for me because the season was going so well and I could see our team finally coming together, but it was uncomfortable and difficult for me to practice in my cast so I was out until the cast came off.”

That injury kept her out for the next eight games, but she “was able to bounce back after my injury and play in the last four games and earn back my starting spot for the last three of them.”

The Engineers were edged by Wellesley for the final NEWMAC playoff spot, coincidentally by virtue of its 3-1 loss to the Blue on Sept. 16. Garver scored the lone goal of the game in that contest.

“This season really pushed me physically and mentally and I wish we could of made it to playoffs so I could of kept playing, but I'm proud of my team and how much we have improved and started to work together better over the past four years," she said.

Garver finished her collegiate career with five goals and seven assists.

A 2014 OHS graduate, Garver played three years with the Mariners — and the other as a freshman with RDHS — and was named Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference first-team all-conference her senior year.

She said that after college graduation and once she joins the work force, “I would definitely be interested in coaching or helping a local high school team.”

“I’ve always loved field hockey,” she said. “Both playing it and helping back in the Rockland youth leagues. I feel like it’d be a great hobby to continue after college.”

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