NEW YORK, NY – Cranford’s Katarina Polyviou, a sophomore at DeSales University, was one of six athletes throughout the country chosen for Sports Illustrated's “Faces in the Crowd” section of its most recent issue.
Polyviou, goalie for the DeSales field hockey team, was highlighted for her accomplishments in the 2017 season, including three shutouts, 16 saves overall, and only 13 allowed goals on 112 shots.
“I was very shocked at first,” Polyviou told TAPinto Cranford. “I did not think it was me when my teammates told me about it so I just brushed it off. But then I kept receiving congratulations messages so I spoke to our Sports Information Director, BJ Spigelmyer, and he told me all about it. BJ helped out a lot to get me noticed for magazine.”
Polyviou’s parents were surprised as well, according to Katarina’s mother, Maria Polyviou.
“We are beaming,” she said. “We are so proud. She works so hard and we’re very excited for her.”
Polyviou is the first athlete from the university to be featured in Sport’s Illustrated “Faces in the Crowd.”
“I definitely think this is a defining moment in my athletic career because I feel as the work that I have been putting into the sport over the last few years is beginning to pay off,” Polyviou said. “It is pretty awesome to receive recognition for playing a sport that I love.”
Polyviou, 19, wants to declare a major in sports management after this semester. Her goal is to work with professional athletes. She thanks her high school coaches for getting her this far.
“I look up to my high school coaches, Danielle Dellipoali and Sam Berk, because they pushed me and saw the potential I had to play college field hockey,” Polyviou said. “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for them.”
Additionally, Polyviou thanks her team and current coaches for inspiring her.
“What motivates me is seeing my teammates working hard on and off the field every day and. seeing how our coaches dedicate so much time and effort into our team,” she said.
Polyviou’s feature in Sports Illustrated is out now.