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Four-time All-State First Team Goal Keeper Payton Doan has committed to collegiate competition with Kenyon College.
Doan first discovered field hockey in 6th grade, joining the first-ever Chelsea Field Hockey middle school team. Immediately, she knew that goal keeping was her forte’. With her innate ability to scan the field and block the shots, she earned the starting position as a freshman on the Chelsea Field Hockey varsity team. That year, 2015, was loaded with 10 seniors and a handful of year-round travel team members, including Doan, who were determined to win the state championship for the first time in the team’s history. Though they fell a tad short, the team earned the Runner-Up State Championship trophy and top spot as Division 1 regular season champions.
A Chelsea Field Hockey co-captain for two years, Doan has played a vital leadership role to a young team. Year round, Doan travels and competes with Pinnacle Field Hockey of Ann Arbor. She helped the team earn several medals over the years in regional and national competitions. Additionally, she has participated on Chelsea High School’s junior varsity tennis team since freshman year.
“Since her freshman year, Payton has been an invaluable asset to the Chelsea Field Hockey Program,” said Casey Fry, Chelsea Field Hockey Varsity Coach. “She has the leadership skills of someone far beyond her age and experience. I am confident she will do amazing things in the classroom and on the field as she embarks on her collegiate career.”
Doan’s school life has been very busy as an active, four-year student council member and academic letter earner, earning a cumulative GPA of 3.95. She was recognized by the NFHCA as a Scholar of Distinction in her junior and senior years and has been a member of the National Honors Society.
Doan is thrilled to continue playing field hockey at the collegiate level with Kenyon College in the North Coast Atlantic Conference. She will compete against her former teammate, Jordan Holton, who committed to Ohio Wesleyan.