Weslee Littlefield has handled the change in competition from high school to college in her freshman year with ease.
Littlefield participated in the Futures Program during her high school days. The program is a developmental pipeline for the United States Olympic Field Hockey team. She trained and competed with the top high school players.
“Futures is fun, you get a lot better,” Littlefield said. “It is a lot of time and effort but it is definitely worth it.”
The program allowed her to play in the National Futures Championship, where she competed against other regions of the United States. In 2018, Littlefield was placed on the New England All-Region Second Team because of her play in the Futures program.
The experience from the Futures program has helped her adapt to collegiate field hockey. So far, Littlefield has started every single match and that’s something she’s proud of.
“It means everything (to start), that is why I am here,” Littlefield said. “I wanted to play and I knew I could do that.”
Littlefield has certainly made her mark for the Bobcats. She recorded a defensive save in the team's 2-1 win over Mid-American Conference rival Longwood earlier in the season. The save helped her settle in with the team and helped her gain confidence for the rest of the season.
In their last six matches, the Bobcats’ defense have allowed seven goals. Littlefield’s play has been a big reason for the improved defense.
“I have been stepping up my role and communicating to my team,” she said. “I have felt more comfortable on the turf.”
Littlefield knows if the team wants to compete for the MAC championship, she will need to continue communicating with her teammates and give her all on defense.
In two years, Littlefield will be accompanied at Ohio by her sister Bodhi. Bodhi is a junior in high school who recently committed to Ohio. The duo played together for two years at Winslow High School in Winslow, Maine.
“(Bodhi) is my best friend,” Littlefield said. “We have always played together.
While Leslee plays more on the defensive side, Bodhi is a forward who will help the offense. Nonetheless, the duo’s chemistry will be on display when they get the chance to showcase it.
Littlefield is enjoying the teams’ success this season, but she is looking forward to further success when she gets the opportunity to team up with her sister.