Clearview's Pauling isn't easy to stop

Jackalyn Pauling
Jackalyn Pauling
Posted: October 14, 2013

Jackalyn Pauling paused before acknowledging that it sounded bad.

But, she confessed, she checks the field hockey goals leaders every day to see where she ranks.

Pauling, a Clearview senior, has never had a season like the one she is having. She already has set a personal best with 32 goals, ranking third in New Jersey, and has seven games left in the season before playoffs.

Tuesday, she broke Courtney Branco's school record when she scored her 76th career goal, and she went on to score her 77th and 78th.

"I'm a senior this year, so I have a lot of confidence," said Pauling, a St. Joseph's recruit. "It's my last season, so I'm giving it everything I can."

Pauling hesitated before she conceded that she checks her stats because she doesn't like talking about herself.

She tries to quiet her proud mother when she brags about her, and Clearview coaches had to plan a celebration in secret after she set the school record because they didn't want Pauling to stop them.

When Pauling thinks of what has factored in her big season, she immediately credits her teammates and coaches. Clearview coach Britney Ewan and Holly Tevis, Pauling's close friend and teammate, point to how hard she works, however.

Ewan recalls Pauling calling home to set up rides so she could stay after practice to shoot on an empty cage.

"She has been that player that wants to get better ever since I met her," Ewan said. "She has not stopped learning. She hasn't stopped working, and she'll probably continue to until she's physically unable to."

Tevis, who is second in the state in assists, noticed a difference in Pauling entering the season. Tevis knew that Pauling wanted the record, but Pauling also took control of the team as a senior.

"Right at the beginning of preseason, she wanted to be the leader and wanted to take control of this team and make us one of the best teams in New Jersey, which we are," Tevis said. "She worked so hard for this, and she deserves every bit of it."

Pauling never even thought these types of accomplishments were attainable until she tallied 10 goals in the final three games of the regular season last year. That led Ewan to look up how far she was from the school's career record (29 goals).

After Pauling scored 24 goals last year, she questioned whether it was possible, but she made it her top priority for her senior season and flew past the record.

"Once it's in her head and she has a goal, nothing is going to stop her," Ewan said. "As soon as she steps on that field, she turns into a different person. There's nothing stopping her."

Pauling has new goals for the rest of the season. She wants to get to 100 career goals and lead New Jersey in scoring.

Nothing stopped her from getting her school record, and if this season has shown anything, it's that she could see her name atop the leader board when she checks at the end of the season.


ncarroll@phillynews.com

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