Tegan Poerio Commits to Boston University for Field Hockey
Tegan Poerio, Class of 2021, has committed to play Division I field hockey at Boston University following her graduation from The Ellis School.
Throughout her high school career, Tegan has received numerous local and national accolades for her excellence on the field, including: earning a spot on the Junior Olympic team, being recognized as one of the top 100 high school players in the country by Max Press, being selected for the WC Eagles Shooting Stars and RCC/NCC Roster Teams, and being named to the WPIAL All-Star Team three years in a row. At Ellis, Tegan has broken every previously held scoring record, has been named the team’s most valuable player two years in a row, and also serves as the team’s captain.
Following Tegan’s commitment announcement, Amanda Rose, Head Field Hockey Coach at Ellis, shared the below about Tegan and her unwavering dedication to the sport.
People don't choose dreams. Dreams choose them. Some dreams start molding in their early childhood; some later in their teens and early adulthood. Either way, it takes courage to pursue them and more so to work day in and day out on perfecting them. At age 7, Tegan’s passion for the game began to develop and pushed her where she is today: committed to Boston University, a Division I, Patriot League school. Tegan is proof that talent doesn’t just happen, it’s earned through desire and dedication.
Along with her commitment to being a Boston Terrier, Tegan has broken every scoring record at The Ellis School along with her own personal goal tally this year. As a freshman, she broke the single-season record of 22 previously earned by 2017 alumna, Angie SCHEUERMANN ’19, with 32 goals. As a sophomore, she broke Mackenzie HANEY’s ’15 career goal record of 58 with 65, and this year hit 100 total career goals in 3 years. Tegan is the only player in the WPIAL and the 63rd person in the USA to ever reach 100 goals and she has a year left to continue to climb.
Tegan didn’t “kind of” want this for herself—she wanted it with her whole heart. Did she struggle, I’m sure. Did she fall—most likely plenty of times, but who’s counting. There's no such thing as a smooth mountain. If you want to make it to the top then there are sharp ridges that must be stepped over, but I believe that struggle and criticisms are prerequisites for greatness. Tegan is one of the hardest working, most driven players I’ve ever coached. She was just 12 years old when I walked out to the turf after practice to find her trying to teach herself a reverse chip. Over and over, I watched her before walking down to give her a 5-minute instruction. From there, she took it and ran. She fine-tuned her footing and hand-eye coordination and practiced until she mastered the shot. I’ve told Tegan over and over to just trust her training. There’s not much skill-wise I could ever teach or give her, she masters that on her own. She has earned this spot on Boston’s team and I couldn’t be prouder.