by Amanda Dronzek
Earlier this October, junior student athlete Alex Mega committed to Northeastern University in Massachusetts to play Division I field hockey. A star scorer and natural born leader, Mega has found her calling in the city of Boston. “I believe Northeastern is the perfect fit for me both academically and athletically,” Mega remarks.
In East Greenwich, Mega has been heavily involved in the EG youth field hockey program for years, becoming a coach for elementary and middle school players. “It feels so good to have younger players look up to me as it has actually motivated me to become a better player myself,” she says. Being such a crucial part of the program has made Mega grow into the leader she is today. As the only junior captain for the 2021 EGHS field hockey season, Mega has been EG’s superstar at forward and midfield since picking up a stick.
Her story has been picked up by national sports networks, displaying her skills worldwide. It’s been Mega’s dream to play field hockey at the college level, and today she is Rhode Island’s best field hockey player. Success in the Mega household is nothing new, as Alex and her older brother Andrew were featured together on ESPN last fall. The sibling duo brought both of their teams to victory in the D2 boys soccer state championship and D1 field hockey state championship. With both siblings scoring at crucial moments of each game, the Mega family brought home two trophies and two MVPs in 2020.
In the 2021 season, Coach Deb McMullen’s team is looking for a third consecutive championship. EG has already clinched the division, and the semi finals are scheduled for Thursday, the 28 of October. “It feels amazing to be set up for a third straight title because it really shows all the hard work the team has put into this sport,” Mega beams. The cherry on top of an unforgettable year for Mega would be a third title with the team who has been with her throughout the entire recruitment process. “The support from my family and friends is like no other and I wouldn’t be in the position I am in without them.” Mega admits the process was quite stressful, and she’s relieved to have tied the knot. Mega has high hopes for the future of her field hockey career, and is endlessly grateful for the work her coaches and family members have done to get her to this point. With just over a year left in an Avengers uniform, the town of EG awaits the day that their hometown hero can be seen sporting Northeastern’s colors in 2023.