Megan Frost has thought of herself as a soccer player for most of her life.
Frost, now a sophomore at Myers Park, still plays soccer at a high level. She is a a standout central defender for the Mustangs’ varsity team (all-conference, all-region) and the Charlotte Soccer Academy (CSA) Elite Club National League (ECNL) U16 squad.
But soccer isn’t her best sport.
Frost, 15, is on the verge of making the U-17 U.S. National field hockey team, as she is one of 35 finalists who will compete, Dec. 26-31, for 24 spots at the “Stars and Stripes’ Tournament and Training Camp,” in Lancaster, Pa.
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The Mustang attacker, burst onto the scene for her high school team last season, earning the team’s most valuable player award while rewriting the Myers Park record books. She tied the school’s freshman record with 13 goals while setting a new mark with 17 assists.
Frost accounted for 30 percent of her team’s offense.
Myers Park Field Hockey is 8-0 this season so far. Frost has 13 goals and 11 assists this season, and it’s only half way through.
She also earned all-West conference and all-state honors, helping a veteran, Myers Park team to the NCFHA state championship game for the first time ever. The Mustangs lost in that game to eight-time state champion, East Chapel Hill.
Last year, a lot people said ‘Oh, she’s a one and done.’ But I want to prove them wrong. So every game, every practice, I play like I have something to prove. That’s the mentality I have every time I take the field.
This season, Frost is off to a torrid start. She had five goals and two assists as Myers Park went on a 4-0 run to win the “Play for the Cure” tournament,” at Cary Academy late last month.
Frost scored the game-winning goal in Myers Park’s overtime victory over Providence Day in the tournament semifinals. She also dished out the game-winning assist as the Mustangs beat Durham Academy to win the championship. She also was named “Play for the Cure” tournament’s most outstanding player.
Frost also scored the game-winning goal in a double-overtime 2-1 win, the regular season opener at Providence Day on Aug. 24.
And now she’s getting national recognition with her club field hockey team, the Charlotte Ambush, and her play on the U.S. Field Hockey Futures’ program (U.S. National team pipeline).
All this, just two years after Frost said “she began taking the sport seriously.”
“I first started playing field hockey when I was in sixth grade at Charlotte Country Day (middle school), but it wasn’t too serious,” Frost said. “But when I started playing ... with the Ambush, I really started to develop a passion for the game and saw the potential that I had in field hockey.
“When I sit down and think about it, it’s kind of crazy the success I’ve been able to have in the last two years. Coaches always ask me, ‘How long have you been playing field hockey?’ And I say sixth grade, and they just laugh like ‘Yeah right.’
“All of this just shows me how much I’ve grown, but I also have a lot more room to improve. Last year, a lot people said ‘Oh, she’s a one and done.’ But I want to prove them wrong. So every game, every practice, I play like I have something to prove. That’s the mentality I have every time I take the field.”
Myers Park field hockey coach, Erica Adcock, who also is a coach with the Charlotte Ambush, remembers the first time she saw Frost play in an Ambush, indoor field hockey game in December of 2014.
“I remember being very impressed with her speed and overall athleticism that first time I saw her,” said Adcock. “I knew she was relatively new to field hockey and I was surprised at how good she was without even having much coaching.”
Frost exploded onto the national field hockey scene this summer.
She excelled at the U.S. Future National championships in Lancaster, Pa., where after six games she was chosen to play in the Stars and Stripe Elite game. Then Frost spent the week of July Fourth back in Lancaster, where she competed a U.S. Junior National camp.
After a strong week at Junior National camp, Frost earned a spot at the Stars and Stripes’ Elite camp (in December), where she hopes to make U17 U.S. National field hockey team.
All of this success, has put Frost (who also boasts a 4.4 grade-point average) squarely on the recruiting radar for some of the top college field hockey programs in the country, according to Coach Adcock.
“When I first went to play in the U.S. Future, I never thought I would go this far,” Frost said. “So, now to have to be a finalist for U17 U.S. National team is just a great opportunity and I feel lucky to be in this position.
“But I’m not just competing for myself, I proud to say that I am from Charlotte and from North Carolina. I feel like I’m representing my teams, my city, my state and the South against some of the best players in the country.”
Frost says she’s highly motivated to have success with Myers Park team. With 10 starters back this fall, including standouts like junior goalkeeper, Kyle Murray, senior defender, Ala Bengel, the Mustangs have the talent to make another run.
Frost says she also has some personal motivation. Last year, she helped Myers Park as the team went 16-6 on the way to the state championship game. However, the final game was delayed nearly two weeks because of weather. As a result, Frost had to miss the state championship game, because of a prior commitment to her CSA Soccer Academy team.
“I still remember being on a plane to Phoenix for a soccer when they were playing the state championship (field hockey) game, and it was devastating for me to not be able to be playing in that game with my teammates,” Frost said. “Right now, we are doing everything we can to make sure we get back there. I really want to play in that championship game.”
Jay Edwards is a freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org.