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Three Tribe Field Hockey Players Accept Scholarships
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

            Upper Perkiomen's senior field hockey players experience multiple postseason successes. They won three consecutive Pioneer Athletic Conference titles, reached the District One Class 2A title game and qualified twice for the PIAA playoffs. Head coach Jamie Warren described the seniors as the school's most accomplished class in 10 years.

            Regan Fiorito, Sarah Steinman and Jess Traynor have accepted scholarship offers to continue their careers in college. Fiorito and Traynor will compete against each other at Mansfield and Kutztown universities, respectively.

            Steinman followed in the footsteps of her older sister by committing to play Division I. She will enroll at American University in the Patriot League.

Regan Fiorito

            Regan Fiorito received a handful of offers, but settled on Mansfield University, in the Division II Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. She plans to major in criminal justice.

            According to Warren, Traynor's strength might be her versatility. She spent her freshman and sophomore seasons on defense before being shifted to attack.  "Jess will do whatever it takes to get on the field," the coach said.

            The East Greenville resident said she favored the school's location in northeastern Pennsylvania, north of Williamsport. Fiorito noted the campus and its atmosphere had everything she wanted.

            She could have signed with a Division I school. However, Fiorito rejected offers from Cornell University and Application State, located in Boone, N.C. She also received interest from Division II school Belmont Abbey College, a private school in Belmont, N.C., as well as Southern Connecticut State, Wester Chester and Bloomsburg.

            "I was looking for the appropriate balance," Fiorito said. "I want to focus on my education."

            She expects to play defense for the Mountaineers. Fiorito played the position for four years for the Indians, as well as her club team, the Vipers, based in Limerick.

            Fiorito said proper positioning is the key to being a good defender. She said preventing an easy breakaway is a top priority.

            A two-year starter for the Indians, Fiorito said the highlight of her high school career was the personal connections she made on the team and the bonds with her classmates.

            Fiorito, who received significant playing time during her four seasons with the Tribe, served as the key inserter on the team's penalty corners. She also made the move from left back to center back

            "Regan had a really good senior season," Warren said. "She's solid on defense, very quiet but steady. She did well growing into a leadership role on the field."

Sarah Steinman

            Sarah Steinman first dreamed of playing Division I field hockey while following her older sister Rachel's playing career at Temple University. Besides watching from the stands as a nine- and 10-year-old, Steinman spent some time on the bench with the team.

            "The players were so nice to me," Steinman said. "They all liked Rachel, and they considered me a smaller version of her."

            Ultimately, Steinman accepted a scholarship offer from the Eagles, located in Washington, D.C. She chose them over Temple, located in North Philadelphia.

            Steinman described the location of American University, in the northwest corner of the district, near the Maryland border, as ideal. She said the players and coaches were very welcoming during a campus visit.  "It was a very hard decision," said Steinman, who lives in the Palm section of Upper Hanover and will major in business administration at the Patriot League school.  "It felt like a second home," Steinman said.

            Warren described Steinman, who finished her senior season with 11 goals, as a good fit for American. Her greatest strength is her vision, according to the high school coach.

            A three-year starter at Upper Perkiomen, Steinman committed verbally to the Eagles late in her junior season. She received interest from Lehigh, Lafayette and Indiana University, but cut ties with them early in the recruiting process.  "I think coaches like my [willingness to receive instruction] and my acumen at delivering outlet passes," Steinman said.

            A three-year starter, she helped the Indians win three consecutive Pioneer Athletic Conference championships and twice qualify for the PIAA Championships. However, Steinman says playing for the X-Calibur Field Hockey club team played a significant role in her college exposure.

            She credited her club coach, Alli Lokey, for circulating her name with college coaches. Steinman said she conferred with her sister and cousin Casey Umstead, a 2014 graduate of Upper Perkiomen and a former member of the U.S. Women's National Field Hockey team, who advised her to trust her club coaches.  "Casey said they knew what they were talking about," Steinman said.

Jess Traynor

            Jess Traynor may have been Upper Perkiomen's best offensive player this season. The senior led the team to the brink of winning four consecutive Pioneer Athletic Conference titles.

            She hopes to make a similar impact at Kutztown University. Traynor has accepted an athletic scholarship to play at the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference school in Berks County. She will major in business.

            Traynor, who attended a camp at the university, received interest from several Division I and Division II schools. However, she decided Kutztown would be her ideal fit.  "If Jess works hard, she'll do well," Warren said.

            The Pennsburg resident, who competes for the X-Calibur club team during the offseason, expects to have a chance to earn playing time as a freshman. She said she doesn't know what position she will play.

            "I do whatever I need to do to get on the field," said Traynor, who added that she feels most comfortable in the midfield. "I just want to make an impact."

            She claims talent evaluators have described the simplicity of her game as a key strength. Traynor says she looks to keep things basic.  "I'm not fancy with the ball," she said. "Basic moves can make an impact."

            A three-year starter and a four-year letter winner for the Tribe, Traynor earned first team All-Frontier Division honors as a defender. She finished her career with 52 goals.

            She described helping the Indians win three consecutive conference titles as a highlight and the team's postseason run during her freshman season as memorable. In 2019, Upper Perk reached the District One title game and earned a victory in the PIAA playoffs.







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