With key contributions from former Bonita Vista, Eastlake and Hilltop high school players, the University of the Pacific field hockey team reached last month’s NCAA Tournament.
Pacific lost in the first round to No. 5 Michigan in overtime, but the season was among the university’s most successful ever. Forwards Vianney Campos (Eastlake High) and Brianne Martinez (Hilltop High) and goalkeeper Kim Myers (Bonita Vista High) each played key roles in Pacific’s success. During their prep field hockey careers, each was named their school’s Most Valuable Play-er. They each graduated from the Sweetwater District in 2003 and were outstanding in the classroom as well as on the field.
Pacific coaches have high praise for the trio. Campos, Martinez and Myers are sophomores. The Stockton-area university won its first conference championship since 1989 and the team is expected to remain strong next season.
The National Field Hockey Coaches Association recently named Campos to the 2004 All West Region First Team. Already, Campos is the school’s leading scorer. Her sudden-death overtime goal against Louisville earned Pacific a 1-0 victory and its first berth in the 16-team NCAA Tournament since 1989.
“We have some great athletes here in the South County,” said Sweetwater Board President Jim Cart-mill. “It is impressive to see these young ladies succeeding at the university level. We know it had to be tremendously exciting for them and for field hockey fans across our district.”