CHATHAM, NJ - Emily Buckman's goal this season is to catch the eye of college recruiters and earn a field hockey scholarship.
The Chatham junior is off to a good start since she's already being compared to previous Chatham goalies who have gone on to play in college.
"We've had college-level goalies - Sarah Shannon and Kimmy Pyhel - and she's right up there with them," Chatham field hockey coach Jeremy Heinze said. "She's fantastic."
In Chatham's 3-0 start to the season, Buckman has saved 48 of the 50 shots she's faced for an incredible save percentage of 96 percent.
Buckman is the TAP Chatham Athlete of the Week.
"She is, by far, one of the best goalies I've seen," Heinze said. "Not just in Chatham, but in the county over the last four or five years. The good thing about her is that she makes every save you're supposed to make. There are no cheap goals and then she makes at least four or five outstanding plays a game, whether it's a dive or a slide. That's natural ability. She trains hard, but she has a gift to be a goalie."
"She comes out and clears it to the side and someone is always there, so she pretty much starts our attack," Chatham winger Emily Wingate said.
Emily Buckman talks about why she loves to play goalie for the Chatham field hockey team