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Photo: Sewanee Athletics 

Caroline Sugar ’18, a defender on the Sewanee Tigers’ field hockey team, has wasted no time making her mark. Already this season, Sugar was twice named the Southern Athletic Conference (SAA) Defensive Player of the Week. She was recently selected to the SAA All-Conference Second Team, an impressive achievement for any freshman campaign. 

“Caroline's success at Sewanee is no surprise because she is such a team player,” said Head Varsity Field Hockey Coach Heidi Woodworth. “During her four years here, she held the center of the field for us because whenever the ball came her way, she made the right decision.”

The Canton, Conn. native played midfield throughout her career as a Bear, and in her new role as a defender has limited opponents to 11.8 shots per game and a .132 shooting percentage. 

“Caroline is a natural leader and that is why she was such an essential part of both the field hockey and lacrosse teams,” said Woodworth. “She also plays with great poise, and did so even during her freshman year at Berkshire, and I suspect that is translating into the college game.”

Fellow Bears Eliza Griffin '16 and Natalie Harrington '16 (currently studying abroad) are also part of the Tigers’ squad. 

“Caroline was always someone who brought the team together. She is used to being part of a team and is at her best when she's in that environment,” explained Woodworth. 

With such a strong first season under her belt, Sugar has proven she is a player to watch.