The Saint Joseph's field hockey program will welcome a new class of student-athletes for the 2019 season.  Over the coming weeks, we’ll introduce Hawk fans to the new additions, one by one.  Today: Leigh James.

Phoenix, Maryland, native Leigh James will join the Saint Joseph’s field hockey program this summer in advance of the 2019 season.

James, a midfielder from the Garrison Forest School, helped lead the Grizzlies to the conference semifinals as a sophomore, and then the finals in each of the last two seasons.  She was named to the All-State First Team as a senior as well as the Second Team as a junior.  In addition, she garnered a pair of Mid-Atlantic All-Region honors as well as a Baltimore Sun All-Metro First Team nod.

“I can’t wait to compete at such a high level of field hockey and push myself to be a better player and person,” James said of joining the Hawks.

“Leigh is another dynamic and versatile player,” head coach Lynn Farquhar said.  “Her ability to lead off-ball to create space and keep possession are skillsets rare for her age group.  She is a worker who is not afraid to take risks.”

James played her club hockey with TNT Field Hockey, claiming championships in the Junior Premier Outdoor League (2016), the Shooting Stars Showcase (2016, 2017), and the National Indoor Tournament (2018).

She was also a member of both the indoor track and badminton teams at Garrison; she served as a captain for the Grizzlies’ badminton squad this season.

“I picked SJU because of the amazing family atmosphere and school spirit,” James said.  “Everyone is so proud to go to Saint Joseph’s.”

James and the rest of the new Hawks will join the squad in time for the 2019 fall season.