Saline senior Abby Morton signed her letter of intent to play field hockey at Smith College.
Morton, the daughter of Rick and Amy Morton, earned all-state field hockey honors in her sophomore, junior and senior year.
She played defensive midfield for the Hornets and often contributed offensively, especially on the penalty corners, where she often served the ball to fellow senior Shannon Reilly.
Morton explained her decision to continue her playing career and studies at Smith College, located in Northampton, Mass.
“I was officially recruited (by Smith College) and I fell in love with the school, I fell in love with the engineering program, I fell in love with the team and the coach. And I decided it was the right place for me,” Morton said.
Morton will study engineering at Smith College.
“One of the great things about Smith is that in general engineering I will get experience in all types of engineering. If I decide I like one (type) best, I can go pursue that,” Morton said.
Smith’s coaches like the way Morton plays the game.
“They told me they like my energy and that I was unafraid to step up and challenge players knowing the risks that sat on my shoulders, being a defensive midfielder,” Morton said.
She’ll be joined at Smith College by Keerthana Akella, who played goalie for the Saline field hockey team last year. Fellow All-State Lady Hornet will play at Kent State.
Asked to point to a memory from Saline that she’ll carry with her, Morton had no difficult.
“That would be winning state championships with my team, junior year. It was the Division 2 championship and we won it in shootouts. It will the memory I remember for the rest of my life,” Morton said.
Saline field hockey coach Erica Reilly said Morton played a big role in helping turn the Saline field hockey program around.
“Abby is a real special player and I was lucky enough to coach her for several years. She’s a great player who is a terrific role model and mentor for our younger players,” Reilly said. “We’ll miss her a lot. Those are big shoes to fill. She held down our defensive team.”
Reilly thinks Morton will have an impact in the college game in short order.
“I have no doubt that she’ll step on to the field at Smith College and make a difference right away,” Reilly said.