COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ali Gordon, a Virginia Beach, Va. native and senior at Cape Henry High School, will continue her academic and athletic career as a member of the Ohio State field hockey program.
As a senior, Gordon was the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division II Player of the Year and Tidewater Conference of Independent Schools Tournament Most Valuable Player. Her final stat line for the season included 15 goals and three assists as Cape Henry won its third consecutive VISAA Division II state championship.
At Cape Henry Collegiate, Gordon was coached by Kate Kinnear, who played for the United States National Team from 1998-2009 and was a captain during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
A four-time first team all-state selection, Gordon played club field hockey for the Saints and was a Futures selection for five consecutive years in addition to being an AAU Junior Olympics selection in 2017 and 2018. In 2019, she was named the National Invitational top performer.
“As soon as I set foot on campus I felt so comfortable and it felt so right,” said Gordon. “I loved the feel of a big school and it made it even better I get to play field hockey at one too. The coaching staff at Ohio State is the best and I couldn’t pass up an opportunity of playing for them.”
What They’re Saying About Ali Gordon
“Ali and the Gordon family join the Buckeyes from Virginia Beach. Ali plays for one of the best club teams in the country (The Saints coached by Scotty Tyson and Don Warner) and had a very successful high school career (Cape Henry Collegiate, coached by USA field hockey Olympian Kate Kinnear). Ali has been around two amazing field hockey atmospheres and some amazing coaches. She has thrived in both of those environments with her work ethic and love of the game.
Ali brings her toughness and competitiveness now to Ohio State. I saw the potential in Ali early on and she just keeps improving year after year. When she told me she would be a Buckeye, I was thrilled. She will add some great versatility to our midfield or backfield line. She has great ability to control the field with her passing and direction and I know she will be ready to step in and offer her strengths to the program. She will have an exciting four years and I am excited to see it and looking forward to coaching her during her career.” Jarred Marin, Ohio State head coach
“Ali Gordon has been an incredible part of the Saints since day one. My favorite thing about Ali is that her play increased after she committed to Ohio State. Often players slow down once they find a home. Ali made it a goal to continue to be the best she can be while also giving back to her club. She is incredibly unselfish and makes everyone better when they join her on the turf. She enjoys the defensive end as much or more than attack! We will miss her!” | Scotty Tyson, Coach of The Saints
“Ali Gordon is an incredibly skilled, hard-working, and dedicated hockey player. Ali’s vision, individual skill and overall grit make her a special player both on and off the field. Ohio State is very lucky to have such a talented and hard-working player and person join their team. We wish her nothing but the best and look forward to seeing all she accomplishes at Ohio State.” | Kate Kinnear, head coach at Cape Henry Collegiate High School