Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

All-Metro Field Hockey Feature

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

All-Metro Field Hockey Feature

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It all started as an ice breaker, a way to relieve the tension.

St. Joseph's Academy senior midfielder Kristen Weber decided to lighten the mood at halftime of a match against rival Villa Duchesne on Sept. 10.

The team was in the middle of one of its worst performances of the season. And coach Claire Aubel was set to rip into her squad.

"Out of nowhere, Kristen steps up and says, 'Can I tell a joke,' " Aubel recalled. "I let her, and it was totally stupid it wasn't even funny."

But a tradition was born.

The Angels rode Weber and her silly tales all the way to the season-ending Midwest Tournament championship.

Weber may not have much of a future as a comedian. But she is no joke on turf.

Far from it.

Weber's outstanding play all over the field, buoyed by her vast array of ball-control skills, helped earn her Post-Dispatch Field Hockey Player of the Year honors.

The 5-foot-7 speedster played a key role in the Angels' first area championship since 2008. She will continue her career at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.

"There's nobody who sees the field so well and knows exactly what to do at any time," senior teammate Grace Dressel said. "But, it's not by accident. She's one of the hardest workers I know."

The Angels came back to beat Villa Duchesne 3-2 in overtime on day one of the string of jokes.

And they have yet to stop laughing.

"They weren't that funny," Dressel said. "But you had to laugh because they were just so silly."

Weber recalled one of her better quips.

"How do you get an alien baby to go to sleep?" she says. "You rocket."

Weber scored 11 goals and handed out 14 assists during the season, not exactly eye-popping totals.

But her ability to set up her teammates and control the flow of play was a key component in the Angels' 21-2-1 campaign.

Her instincts led to numerous highlight-reel passes that helped teammate Annie Genovese to a league-leading 40 goals. …

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