As a senior: Second Team All-CAA... VaSID Second Team All-State... CAA Commissioner's Academic Award... JMU Athletic Director Scholar-Athlete... team captain and leader of JMU's defense... started every game for the season for the Dukes... recorded first assist in 3-2 win over Kent State... recorded career-high five shots in 1-0 loss to UMass... posted the win-clinching penalty stroke in the 3-2 stroke-off victory over American... recorded first defensive save of the year in 2-1 loss to ODU... started 84th game of her career in 2-1 CAA Tournament semifinal loss against Delaware moving her into a tie for seventh all-time in starts at JMU.
As a junior: VaSID Second Team All-State... JMU Athletic Director Scholar-Athlete... started in 20 of 21 games this season... contributed to JMU recording 11 shutouts for the season, second-most in program history... part of a defense that finished first in the nation in goals against average and shutouts per game.
As a sophomore: Made season playing debut in 7-0 shutout against Georgetown... one assist in 2-1 win over VCU... started in all 23 games this season.
As a freshman: CAA All-Rookie Team... NFHCA National Academic Squad... CAA Commissioner’s Academic Award... started 21 of 23 matches in her rookie campaign and emerged as one of JMU’s top defenders.
High school and club: All-state first team as a junior and senior. All-division first team as a sophomore and senior. All-Lehigh Valley Conference and Allentown Morning Call All-Area first team as a senior. The Green Hornets won group AAA state championships and Lehigh Valley Conference her junior and senior seasons and their 17th consecutive District XI championship her senior season. Scored winning goal in state championship games as a junior and senior. Team's MVP as a senior and most improved player award as a junior. Team was state semifinalist her sophomore season. Emmaus was 26-1 in 2004 and 27-0 in 2005. Scored her team's 189th goal of the season as a senior to break the national high school team scoring record. Emmaus school award for the female athlete with the most varsity letters 2006. Team was voted Top of the Circle national champion in 2005, when it set a national high school team scoring record with 216 goals. Emmaus was Allentown Morning Call Team of the Year 2003, 2004, 2005. Participated in U.S. Field Hockey Assocation’s Futures program two years and Futures Elite program two years. National Futures Tournament selection as a sophomore, junior and senior. Played on National Hockey Festival pool A champion team 2004 and 2005. Competed in AAU Junior Olympics as a sophomore. Participated in two summer and two winter Keystone Games, winning the silver medal with Lehigh Valley in summer 2004 and 2005 and the bronze medal with Styxfire in winter 2004. Olympic Development camp and CAN-AM Games selection as a junior. As a freshman played at Saucon Valley H.S., where her team was Colonial League runner-up.
Personal: Tara King. Marketing major. Her brother, Christopher, was all-region in soccer at Muhlenberg College (Allentown, Pa.) as a senior in 2005.
Getting to know Tara...
Why did you choose JMU?
It was the best fit for me athletically, academically, and socially.
What are your goals for this year?
Win CAA’s for the fourth year in a row and make it to NCAA’s.
What is your major/minor and why did you choose it?
Marketing because it suits my personality the best and I’m creative.
What are your favorite things to do off the field?
Workout and hang out with my friends.
What is your favorite field hockey moment?
Winning CAA’s every year since I’ve been here.
What is the best class you have taken at JMU?
Mr. Ratcliffe’s COB 291 (Management Science Operations)
Where is your favorite place you have visited and where would you like to visit?
Dominican Republic. I would like to visit Vegas.
What is something that most people do not know about you?
I teach aerobics.
What do you want to do after college?
Work in Philly or DC at a large firm
What is your most prized possession?
All my purses
Where is your favorite place to eat on the campus of JMU?
Do you have any unique talents?
I can do splits.
What is the best advice you have received?
“Be true to yourself.”
What advice would you give a prospective recruit?
Be prepared to work hard and be committed to the JMU field hockey program.
Who or what is your favorite...
Food? Eggs and cheese
TV show? Full House
Movie? Dumb and Dumber
Book? I don’t read.
Athlete? CHASE UTLEY