NORTH SALEM, N.Y. – Senior co-captain Allison Eberhardt helped lead the North Salem field hockey team to a 15-3-1 season. They finished the season as runners up in the Section 1 Class C tournament.
Eberhardt has earned All-League honors the past two years. In 2018, she was named All-Elite honorable mention. She is a commended student for the National Merit Scholars program.
How old were you when you started playing field hockey and what got you started?
I started playing field hockey in seventh grade and fell in love. I have been playing ice hockey since I was 5, though, so a lot of the skills are transferable. Those skills made me a stronger player and made the game more enjoyable.
What is your favorite thing about being on the field hockey team at North Salem?
The people. It’s always the people. My teammates are my friends and lifelines. The people I’ve played with have mentored me, laughed with me, and inspired me. They have helped me grow into the person I am today and are some of my best friends. My coaches have provided unwavering support both in the game and in life, and I will be forever grateful for that. They are all something special.
What is your favorite team activity or pregame or post-game ritual that you share with your teammates?
I started this pregame ritual with my fellow forwards this season, where I call out “my forwards” and tap their sticks before lining up at the start of a game. It’s a small thing but it makes us smile, like our own little team within our much bigger field hockey family.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
My mother. Smart, hardworking and compassionate, my mom inspires me to take advantage of every opportunity offered, and to tackle problems with a plan. She has always supported me in my endeavors and has taken on challenges most people would avoid. Very few people would SCUBA dive in 40-degree water so that their daughter could be certified before her summer camp.
She’s taught me about leadership, professionalism in the workplace, and to always strive to improve and learn. I admire her ability to learn (she studied immunology, voluntarily, in her free time to better understand her work) and her desire to find new experiences.
Do you plan on continuing to play sports in college?
I would love to, but I don’t know if that is a possibility. Between time management in college, and my own skill levels, I don’t know if I will have that chance. I would be thrilled and grateful if I do get that kind of opportunity. Sports have been a part of my life since I was 5, and it is rather jarring to realize that after this year I may no longer be an athlete. On the bright side, whether I’m able to play or not, I can still run on my own time (*see my entire team calling me crazy)
Do you know what you want to study in college?
I am a writer, so I have been looking at a lot of creative writing programs, but I really want to soak in as much information and as many experiences as possible. I plan to focus on areas like political science, and social justice as well, because I want to become a lawyer in the future.
What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?
I love listening to music by Score or Imagine dragons. Their songs always seem to get me in the right mindset. However, I’ve discovered that it’s more fun when we play songs my teammates and I can all sing, so any hit from the late 2000s is sure to be fun.
What’s something about yourself people might not know?
I am horrible at trying new foods. Genuinely horrible. I have never had soda because I don’t like how sparking water feels in my mouth, and absolutely refuse to try a hamburger or hot dog, which my brother considers an atrocity.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
Super speed. I am always forgetting something, and it would be really nice if I could run back and find it before anyone realized. It would help my skills in field hockey, and it would seriously help me finish my work faster.
Where is your favorite place to go on vacation and why?
I love to travel, but I’d have to say my favorite place to go on vacation is Key West, Fla. I love the artistic vibe the city gives, with its thousands of art galleries and live music. I love the smell of the ocean at Fort Zachary and walking along the harbor in Old Town. I can snorkel and scuba dive in the day, and soak in the nightlife after. Either peaceful or crazy, depending on your desire, Key West is a bizarre mix of artists, fishermen, and tourists that I love being a part of.
Favorite place to eat locally?
I don’t know if this counts as local, but my friend introduced me to Hot Bagels in Somers a few months ago, and I am in love. I am a frequent customer and enjoy as many New York bagels as I can before I head off to college. (I was recently informed that there was another branch closer to the school and I fear my bank account is in serious danger).
What is the go-to app on your phone?
YouTube. I spend way too much time on that app. Be it catching up on show episodes that I didn’t get to watch or listening to music, my go-to app is YouTube. Unfortunately, the app’s setup enables me to procrastinate more than I should.
Books, movies or TV? What is your favorite?
Yikes this is a tough one, asking me to pick between my two loves, (sorry movies). I am a storyteller and so I love the possibilities that either venue offers. I have been a bookworm forever, and love getting lost in a good fantasy. On the other hand, TV is less taxing to watch, can have great character development and is generally entertaining, but I think I prefer the challenge of a good book. Generally, things are more consistent, with fewer plot holes, and usually a complete story is told by the end. Also, outside forces have lesser bearing on the story, whereas problem with actors and so forth can completely change the dynamic of television. “Charmed,” “Vampire Diaries,” I’m looking at you. Give me a good story any day, and usually that’s in the form of a book.