Signatory Spotlight: Alaina McVeigh – Duke University
DURHAM- Duke field hockey head coach Pam Bustin is thrilled to announce the 2022 Blue Devil freshman class this spring. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be profiling each of the incoming Blue Devils, starting with Alaina McVeigh.
“Alaina’s speed and goal-scoring skills will undoubtedly have a positive impact on our attacking game,” Bustin said. “Her incredible determination and athletic ability make her a feared opponent. She has benefited from the added levels of competition provided by her international experience with her club WC Eagles and our national indoor and outdoor teams. The impact she had on her Gwynedd Mercy Academy HS team was incredible as she led the Monarchs to a District Championship and a State Championship. I can’t wait to start and support Alaina’s university journey!”
Ranked among the top 10 players in the Class of 2022 by Max Field Hockey, McVeigh is a three-time All-State First-Team selection and a 2022 First-Team All-American. Playing hockey at his school in Gwynedd Mercy , the talented striker led her team in scoring all four seasons. She finished her school career with 173 goals and 74 assists, a Gwynedd Mercy record. McVeigh racked up 71 goals and 25 assists in his senior year en route to leading his team to the District 1 title and second-place finish in the state championship. She was named to the NFHCA All Region First Team for her efforts.
McVeigh was voted captain at Gwynedd Mercy both her junior and senior seasons and also won the team’s Most Valuable Player award. Named Gwynedd Mercy’s Offensive Player of the Year in his first two seasons, McVeigh was also selected to the All-State Second Team as a rookie.
Playing in his hockey club with the WC Eagles Field Hockey Club, McVeigh won four National Club Championships and a total of nine National Indoor Tournament titles. She was invited to be part of the WC Eagles international travel team to Holland and England, where they won two championships.
A mainstay of the American field hockey scene, she was selected to participate in the Rise 2021 selection camp and as an alternate for the USA Pan Am indoor team. McVeigh is a member of the United States Senior Indoor National Team as well as the Junior National Team.
When did you start playing field hockey?
I started playing field hockey when I was six years old. My mother played field hockey in high school and my family encouraged me to try several different sports.
Favorite subject at school
My favorite subject in school is math because I like solving problems and eventually finding the right answer.
Who has had the biggest impact on your life and why?
My family has had the biggest impact on my life. My parents always encouraged my brother and I to work hard, do well in school, and go the extra mile to improve our skills on the court. Watching my brother and how he prepares to play D1 baseball every season is also very motivating.
If you had to practice any other sport, what would it be?
If I wasn’t playing field hockey, I’d probably be playing lacrosse. I prefer team sports on a field, and I like the speed of the game and the wide variety of shots.
Best Field Hockey Memory
My best field hockey memory is winning the District 1 championship with my high school team in my senior year. We faced the team that had beaten us in the Championship the previous year. Our student section was amazing and everyone sang our alma mater afterwards which was such a special and memorable moment for my high school.
Do you have a hidden talent?
I am a very good fast walker.
You win a chance to organize a small concert with 5 to 10 of your closest friends, which musical artist do you ask to play?