Before her freshman year at Monticello, Natalie Noble was looking for a sport to play. She decided to continue the family tradition of field hockey.
"My mom had played overseas and I had never really heard of it, so when I got to high school, I wanted to try something new," Noble explained. "Once I tried out for it I fell in love with it."
Four years later, her physical style of play made her a second-team All-Jefferson District pick and a senior leader of the Mustangs.
"She was definitely someone on the team everyone looked up to," Monticello coach Katie Martin said. "When Natalie was fighting, everyone else picked it up a notch. She would stop at nothing to get things done."
"One of the things I love most about field hockey is it's a super aggressive sport," Noble said. "I really enjoyed it. I've always been taught to be scrappy and fight for the ball so you always have to implement what your coach tells you to do."
Noble says listening and application are keys to not only doing well on the field, but in the classroom as well.
"You have to learn what your teachers taught you and trust and put it on the test and how to implement it on a test," she explained. "You have to know the skills that the coaches teach you at practice, those are the skills you'll need to implement on the field as well."
While she's not afraid to mix it up physically, Noble prefers a cerebral approach to the game. She currently takes an AP psychology course at Monticello and plans to study neuroscience close to home at UVa.
"It's always changing, which I really like," Noble said. "They're constantly coming out with new studies and it's such a broad field that there's not really any area in psychology that you can get bored with."
And just like with field hockey, Noble didn't have to search very far when deciding on UVa.
"Yeah my mom actually went there so it's pretty cool. I love UVa, it's a great school and I am super, super excited for next year."