Kate Hall has a knack for being in the right place at the right time.
As a freshman on the South Burlington High School varsity field hockey team, Hall rushed the net off a set piece and deposited a game-winning goal against Mount Mansfield to send South Burlington to the finals in 2015.
Fast-forward nearly seven years to the day and Hall still finds herself in the right place, but with the University of Vermont field hockey team.
“I just play a really simple game, I’ll never be the most skilled player on the team,” Hall said of her role with the Catamounts. “There’s girls who come from very serious backgrounds and I know my background is not nearly as impressive. However, I just try to keep it simple and I always can play smarter.”
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The reserved Hall captains the Catamounts and is tied for second on the team with goals (5) and third in points tallied (13) ahead of Vermont’s final road game of the regular season against No. 23 Maine on Friday. Hall started playing field hockey in middle school and exploded onto the scene under the tutelage of Wolves’ high school coach Anjie Soucy.
“She’s a team sport kid through-and-through,” Soucy said. “She’s super competitive, but at the same time, just a great leader and does all the right things. Certainly, throughout high school on and off the field, she was just great.”
In total, Hall scored 70 goals and 159 points during her four-year career with South Burlington field hockey and graduated as the leading goal scorer in SB history in ice hockey (31 goals and 16 assists in her senior season). Hall was also an accomplished lacrosse player under Soucy in the spring.
“Being a multi-sport athlete at South Burlington, you just had to learn how to manage school and sports constantly,” Hall said. “And I can’t imagine if I only played one or two seasons at South Burlington, I would have had a lot of free time in that offseason, which just doesn’t happen when you’re a Division I athlete.”
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UVM (11-3) is tied for the second most wins in program history and most under ninth-year coach Kate Pfeifer. UVM sits in a three-way tie for second place in America East with a 4-2 mark.
The Catamounts’ overtime win over Stanford last month, their first triumph against the California powerhouse, marked a turning point for the program as UVM won a team record sixth straight win. The Catamounts tacked on two more victories to stretch their team record to eight in a row before falling to Albany on Sept. 30.
“Reflecting back to my freshman year, I think we lost, I’d say 5-1,” Hall said of a previous loss to Stanford. “In the past two years, my sophomore and junior year they were games that almost felt like we weren’t even in the cards to win. So this year playing against them, we dominated and we beat them and I think that was just a moment of confidence building.”
During UVM’s 2021 campaign Hall would regularly attend SB field hockey practices.
“I think Monday’s were her day off and, again, that’s her day off and yet she just loved coming back to her old playing ground and help out and give back in any way,” Soucy said.
Soucy said that she will be in attendance for Hall’s senior day game on Oct. 30 as the Catamounts welcome California to Moulton Winder Field.
“I think the success this season a lot has to do with our culture and our closeness on this team and if it were to end, I would just be really grateful for getting to play on a team like this,” Hall said.
Hall’s career honors with Vermont include the America East all-rookie team (2019), all-conference second team (2021) and NFHCA all-northeast region second team.
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