Armstrong to play field hockey at Bellarmine University

PAT FRIDGEN, Echo Pilot
Lorraine Armstrong signed a ceremonial letter of intent to attend Bellarmine University where she will play field hockey. She is seated with her parents, Felicia and Justin Hollingshead. Standing are coaches Judy Bryant and Jenniffer Everetts.

A Greencastle-Antrim High School senior will play field hockey at the collegiate level next year. Lorraine Armstrong, 18, signed a letter of intent with Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. She also considered Eastern Mennonite University and Houghton College.

The athletic program was one consideration, but she had others in making her selection.

"Bellarmine is by a city, so there's more to do," she said. "It's warmer, and there are internship opportunities."

Armstrong plans to double major in political science and international studies. She will play for the Division 2 BU Knights under coach Mark Blankenbaker

On the field

As an athlete, Armstrong played for the Blue Devils for four years, only starting the sport as a freshman. She was at the mid-fielder position, and enjoyed the ability to perform both offensively and defensively. She also appreciated the competitiveness of the game, and the team concept.

Varsity coach Jenniffer Everetts said she was very passionate for the sport.

"As a result, Lorraine built a solid skill set in a short amount of time, to be able to compete at the high school and college level."

The team took the 2011 Mid-Penn championship.

Everetts continued, "I appreciate her work ethic and dedication to improve her skills and support the team."

Armstrong played for the Gettysburg club team RAM the past two years. Coach Judy Bryant said she was a leader.

"She picks up her game when she needs to. She can carry the ball very well and passes on target. And she has a certain sassiness."

Off the field

Armstrong is involved in a number of other activities. She is the G-AHS representative to the Antrim Township Board of Supervisors. She is in National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, youth group, and works at Martz Plumbing and Heating. She also swam and played softball in her younger years. She is the daughter and step-daughter of Felicia and Justin Hollingshead.