Devoted to her sport, Gordon excels with Cavs

By Sean Collins
October 12, 2011

Maura Gordon is a senior midfielder on the field hockey team. — Jenay Smith / Photo Editor

 

 

 

 

 

Maura Gordon is a Cabrini senior who has made quite a name for herself as an athlete. She is a midfielder on the field hockey team and wears jersey No. 7. Gordon, originally from Lilitz, Pa., attended Lancaster Catholic High School. You may have seen her as Student Athlete of the Week on CabriniAthletics.com last month.

Her first major sports achievement here was when she was named to the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) First Team in 2008. Later that same year, she was also named CSAC Player of the Week.

Her junior year, Gordon was named president of Cabrini’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee (or CSAAC). With her senior year near its midway point, Gordon tallied her 100th career point against Delaware Valley College on Monday, Oct. 10. Through 71 career games, she has 42 goals as a member of the Cavaliers.

Gordon has an individualized major in both business and psychology, focused on an exercise facility for children with special needs. She plans on using the experience she gains from this major to one day play a role assisting in the Special Olympics. She currently has a job as a trainer at the fitness center in the Dixon Center and hopes to continue training after she graduates and integrate that into a future career.

Gordon has learned to manage her time well and is quite clear on her priorities. “I don’t play any other sports other than field hockey,” Gordon said. “Outside of that, it’s my family, then my friends, then school and my job at the fitness center.”

She feels Cabrini was a natural fit for her. She initially chose Cabrini because of its small school setting. She then decided to stay on campus after making strong friendships with her fellow teammates and playing under the leadership of her team’s coach Jackie Neary.

“Jackie is pretty much the reason I stayed here,” Gordon said.

Her favorite memories here include winning the conference championship her sophomore year. She also says she will cherish the friendships she has made with both students and faculty.

Gordon also recalls a few times in her student-athlete career when she wasn’t sure if she would make it to where she is today. However, she was able to see it through and attain her goals. One focal point that kept her on course was field hockey, the sport she loves so much.

“I went through times when I definitely struggled,” Gordon said. “I didn’t always think what I wanted to do was completely possible. But coming to Cabrini opened more than enough doors for me and just really made me realize that what I wanted to do was very possible for me and I could achieve it. All I had to do was try hard enough.”

“Maura is an awesome friend and an awesome teammate,” fellow senior teammate Stephanie Campanaro said. “I really look up to her and I try to emulate her. What she wants to do with her major is great. She is really an inspiration to every one of us on the team.”

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