Barnegat Leader

Schiverea Is Mainstay of Barnegat Field Hockey

By Eric Englund | Sep 20, 2019

One of the top female athletes to watch this fall at Barnegat High School is Shannon Schiverea, a senior who has started at forward for the girls varsity field hockey team since her freshman season.

A captain since her sophomore season, Schiverea has helped propel the Bengals to a 4-1 start, 2-1 in the Shore Conference B-South. She has six goals and five assists in her last two games, 8-0 and 10-0 romps over Mater Dei and Keyport.

Entering this season with 24 career goals, Schiverea said she was introduced to the sport as a seventh-grader at the Russell Brackman Middle School.

“It all came so natural to me,” she said.

That doesn’t surprise her head coach, Jaime DiStefano.

“Not only is Shannon very talented, but she is a great team player and a leader on the field and off it,” she said. “She helps out with the younger players, working with them and encouraging them.”

She said the game combines elements of ice hockey and soccer.

“Field hockey sticks are a lot tougher to maneuver than are ice hockey sticks,” said DiStefano. “You can’t  switch the ball to both sides of the stick like an ice hockey player can do with the puck. This game relies a lot more on speed when you’re moving the ball upfield.”

An all-around athlete, Schiverea has also played on the Bengals girls basketball and lacrosse teams. But now she is concentrated solely on field hockey, as she is also a member of the South Jersey Edge travel team, which plays all-year round.

“I would like to play on the college level,” she said. “I’m still looking for the right school.”

When she finishes her college career, Schiverea will probably be spending time around crime scenes, as her career goal is forensic science.

—Eric Englund


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