IJ Field Hockey Player of the Year: Megan Minturn of Redwood
Redwood field hockey, senior
Redwood has become a dominant force in Bay Area field hockey over the past four years, with two MCAL Championships. Meanwhile, the Giants have nurtured an unparalleled core of talent.
Minturn is at the heart of the team, both physically and emotionally. She helped lead the Giants to their second MCAL crown in four years during an extraordinary season. Twin sisters Megan and Grace Minturn made it easier for their goaltender with strong defensive play as the Giants (15-0-1) allowed only one goal all year.
“It’s not just that we won the championship, but the way we won the championship,” said Redwood co-coach Aline Copp. “Megan and Grace and the other seniors are an integral part of a welcoming and open environment, especially in this time of mental stress with COVID. “
Megan Minturn accepted a scholarship to Michigan to play lacrosse. Grace Minturn will be staying closer to home – and warmer winter weather – at Claremont McKenna College in Southern California.
“This season has been very exciting,” said Megan Minturn. “We have a really big senior class and the fact that for most of us it was our last season, we didn’t want it to end. When we got to the playoffs every game could be our last, so being seniors and the potential to never play again was a big motivation. “
Megan and Grace Minturn and their senior colleagues were instrumental in developing a Redwood field hockey program that began just six years ago. The Giants finished second in the MCAL in 2018, then won the title for the first time in 2019 with a 12-0-1 record in the league, 13-1-1 overall. The Giants’ title defense has been put on hold in a 2020 season abridged by COVID.
“Megan is probably the most athletically gifted athlete I’ve seen in six years of training at Redwood,” Copp said. “His speed, tenacity and combat on the pitch are incredible to watch. She and her sister play so well in the backfield. They gave us so much confidence in the back line and that’s why we had so few goals against us.