Greenwich field hockey player Klara Mueffelmann was CHSCA All-State and All-FCIAC

Mueffelmann moved to Greenwich from Hamburg, Germany in sixth grade, not speaking much English.

However, she was already fluent in field hockey and soon found friends through the team at Eastern Middle School, where it was immediately apparent that she was the best player on the field.

As she plays in her senior season at Greenwich, her English is near perfect and her game isn’t far behind.

Mueffelmann is considered one of the best offensive field hockey players in the state and will showcase her game at Boston College next fall.

“She’s the most talented player I’ve ever seen at the high school level. Definitely in this school and in this league and probably in the state,” Greenwich coach Megan Wax said. ahead of her teammates and the league, even in her freshman year. It’s fun to have her but the other teams know her too, it’s no secret.

Mueffelmann has loved field hockey since she first picked up a stick in Germany when she was 6 years old.

“I love him so much,” Mueffelmann said. “I’m a very social team player and I love being around people. Field hockey is such a social sport. You work on your individual skills, but combining that with working with your team is what makes this sport so fun. I love everything about it so much and ever since I started playing in Germany.

Mueffelmann, who started at left forward for Greenwich since her freshman season, was All-FCIAC and CHSCA All-State last year, making her a well-known commodity in the state.

“Her stick skills are phenomenal and she’s so versatile in what she can do that she can play left, play right or come back and play defense when she has to,” Wax said. “It’s not just the skill she has, but the speed at which she’s able to do them without mistakes, without mistakes and without the ball going off her stick, it’s amazing. It’s really fun to watch her play.

In addition to technical skill, Wax said the game slows down for Mueffelmann in a way it doesn’t for most players.

“She can shut herself up and focus on what she’s doing. She’s got so much experience and played so much that she can just read what’s going to happen and that allows her to make better decisions in every moment,” Wax said. “She has such a vision of what’s going on around her but also a vision of what she wants to play. That’s another thing we work on with the younger girls. Klara sees it and I see it , but we’re trying to get everyone to see it so we can connect and have more opportunities.

Although her skills were always there, Wax said Mueffelmann had become an incredible leader, which, in turn, upped her game even further.

“She grew into the leadership role,” Wax said. “Her understanding of how other players’ roles intertwine with her role has grown tremendously, which then helps build everyone around her. Not only does she take control of a field with her game, but she is able to uplift everyone around her. It was a process of a few years, but it was a huge area of ​​growth for her.

Mueffelmann’s love for the game grew even stronger as she met new people, easing her transition to the United States.

“I met all my friends through field hockey. The Eastern Middle School team in 6th grade is where I met all my best friends,” Mueffelmann said. “I was lost at first, being in a new country, and field hockey allowed me to feel comfortable and meet people as I got used to living in a new country.”

Wax said Mueffelmann is not only in the center of the action on the pitch, but also off it.

“She’s so goofy and friendly and ready to chat with anyone,” Wax said. “She wants to be positive in all situations. She is always on her feet and always encouraging everyone. She was injured for a few games and she was constantly trying to bring the energy from the bench.

Greenwich lost a ton of talent upon graduation and with just four seniors on the roster, Mueffelmann had to adjust to playing with a different team than last year.

“Our team is very different from last year because we had a lot of senior graduates,” Mueffelmann said. “This year we have a lot of new sophomores on the team. It’s hard to connect but we get better the more we play with each other and the more everyone gets involved on the pitch. The seniors just have to make sure the younger players know what they are doing on the pitch. We need to be open for them to ask us questions and get help with what we’re doing so they feel more confident.

The Cardinals are 2-1-0-1 this season and Mueffelmann was a force, scoring four goals in the team’s 8-0 win over McMahon.

Not only does she shine on the pitch, but she also contributes to the development of the players around her.

“We have a young squad and there’s a lot of learning, so having him on the pitch with them helps,” Wax said. “She can explain what we do and even move people. She really helps young girls get used to the fast style of play and realize how fast they need to go. She just helps teach them so many things.

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Catherine J. Martinez