BELFAST — While the high school field hockey season is just around the corner, it will not be the final stick campaign at the competitive level for Belfast Area High School senior Madison Shorey.

The 17-year-old Shorey, the daughter of Belinda and Sam Shorey of Belmont, has verbally committed to play collegiately for Division II Converse University
Spartanburg, S.C.

“I am so beyond excited to commit to Converse University,” she said. “I 100 percent believe it is the best institution for me.”

Shorey did not allow a goal in Belfast’s abbreviated 2020 campaign as the Lions outscored opponents 31-0. Belfast finished 6-0 as Shorey sported a .0888 save percentage in a pandemic-altered campiagn.

She started two games in goal as a freshman before sitting out her sophomore season in 2019 with an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury.

The injury occurred during her freshman year of jayvee basketball and had reconstructive surgery on the second day of 2019, but experienced multiple post-surgery complications.

“She really struggled with her healing process and she proved them wrong,” said mom, Belinda, who added her daughter started with the sport at four years old and began goaltending at age eight. She also is a member of the Black Bear Elite club field hockey team.

“Once I was finally cleared, after being told I would never play again, I ran 16 miles for my 16th birthday to prove to myself that I was back and better then ever,” Shorey said. “I looked into several DI and DIII academic selective schools, but always kept going back to Converse.”

Shorey said coach Valerie Clarke reached out to her via email and immediately “I knew she was an amazing coach and truly valued me as more than just a number, which is something very important to me.”

Shorey’s trip to the Spartanburg campus sealed the deal.

“Once I stepped foot in South Carolina I fell in love,” Shorey said. “With the people, the town, the southern hospitality and the warm weather. I also fell in love with the beautiful campus and all the opportunities Converse has for me. The field hockey team had its fourth-ever season last year and made it to playoffs and it it is getting a brand new turf installed for the upcoming season. There is so much growth and opportunity at Converse University and I am beyond excited to be able to be apart of it.”

However, her future plans cannot distract her from the present.

“I am super excited for November so I can officially sign on as a Valkyrie, but I am also super excited for my last year as a Lion,” she said. “I am most excited because my sister, Breanna Shorey, is a freshman and she is my favorite person to play with in the whole world. She is very talented and we work well together. My dream has always been to win a state championship with her by my side along with my other amazing teammates and coaches.”

Shorey plans to double major in sports management and psychology.