Lynchburg, Va. -- While Lynchburg College was her first choice, Andrea Fleming McPike didn't find the same reception from the Hornets' field hockey coaching staff.
McPike, then a high school standout, wasn't originally recruited by legendary Lynchburg head coach Enza Steele and her staff. The Hornet coaching staff scouted the Delaware native and originally weren't impressed, so they crossed her off their list.
Then the assistant saw her at another tournament.
"She came back and said, 'Coach, I screwed up. This girl can really play," Steele remembered with a chuckle.
"I said, 'Then get her on the phone right now!'"
Steele and her assistant called McPike and her coach right away, and not long after, she committed to Lynchburg.
It turned out to be the right move. The 2006 Lynchburg graduate flourished into a four-time All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference player -- she earned All-America honors from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association in 2004 -- and she will be enshrined into the Lynchburg Sports Hall of Fame this weekend as part of the 2019 Homecoming festivities.
Steele remembers a player who had all the offensive tools a coach could dream of.
"She had speed," the coach said. "She had quickness. She was tall and upright."
McPike helped the Hornets to an NCAA Division III tournament appearance in 2005.
And she was exactly what the Hornets needed. Strong on defense, Steele had been looking for someone who could score, and McPike did it in bunches. She is one of just four players in Hornet history to score more than 30 goals in a season (33 as a junior in 2004), and she sits third on Lynchburg's all-time goals leaderboard (91) and fourth in career points (212).
"She would go back and get the ball from the defense and take it up and score herself," Steele said.
After graduating, she stayed on as a graduate assistant coach, earning her master's in special education and helping Lynchburg add to the field hockey trophy case.
McPike lives in her hometown of Milford, Del., where she teaches high school special education.
This is the third in a series of features on the 2019 Lynchburg Sports Hall of Fame Class, which will run on LynchburgSports.com the week leading up to induction at the Lynchburg Alumni Awards Dinner, Friday, Oct. 18 in Drysdale Student Center.