USA Field Hockey will be featuring weekly spotlights of U.S. U-21 Women's National Team members selected to represent Team USA at the women's Hockey Junior World Cup 2016 (JWC).
Coming from a family of fabulous cooks, she is always eager for a new culinary experience. She spent every summer growing up at the beach and longs for the holidays when her family is back together. She thinks the best kind of therapy is retail therapy and lives by the quote, "It’s about the journey not the destination; enjoy the ride." Meet U.S. U-21 Women's National Team member Cat Caro.
Not only does a great field hockey game draws her family together but so does great food. Cat comes from a family of fabulous cooks. Exposed to fine ingredients and not shying away from starting from scratch, her passion for cooking, and the keeping of tradition, started at a young age. Born out of necessity, more than 75 years ago, her great-grandparents jarred their own vegetables and tomato sauce to carry them through long cold winters. Today, her family shops at modern grocery stores for all of their food needs, but keeping with tradition still comes together on a chosen day in August to jar their homemade tomato sauce. Since her early years as a toddler she was reminded of the very best blend of ingredients each week when a new jar of sauce was opened. Now, for her, creating in the kitchen is relaxing, therapeutic and rewarding. When she's not at home she seeks and researches area cafes and restaurants from the simple to eclectic, always eager for a new culinary experience.
Even though Cat is a biology major at Princeton University, she spent last summer working in NYC at a large company in their media department. "You're a biology major, why media?" her friends asked. Quite simply, this allowed her the opportunity to experience something new. She was still able to use her analytical skills and collect new data while researching media trends. Of course, after work and on weekends she was out finding great places to eat with her family and friends. She was able to do some extensive culinary research and experienced so many new restaurants, cafes, coffee houses and dessert shops. All around it was a fantastic experience and she was able to take advantage of all the great things a large city has to offer, working for a major company, culture, diversity, arts and entertainment, sporting events, shopping, the parks and of course, great eats.
Aside from being a foodie, Cat loves to travel, shop and spend time with her family and friends. She looks forward to holidays when her entire family is home and celebrating together.
Quick Facts about Cat
Hometown: Bridgewater, N.J.
Joined Junior High Performance: 2010
High School: Bridgewater-Raritan High School
Club Team: Spirit Eagles
College: Princeton University
Major: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
International Playing Experience: U.S. U-17 Women's National Team Canada American Series, U.S. U-21 Women's National Team Canada Series, U-21 USWNT Great Britain Series, U-21 USWNT Holland Tour,
2016 Women's Junior Pan American Games
Field Hockey Awards: 2014 & 2015 Second Team All Ivy, 2015 First Team Mid-Atlantic Region
Began Playing Field Hockey: 2007
Game Day Mantra: "Just do it."
Best Words of Advice: "Enjoy the little things in life, becaues one day you will look back, and realize they were the big things."
Most Memorable Field Hockey Moment: Winning the Ivy League her freshman year for the first time
Hockey Role Model: Katie Reinprecht
Favorite Vacation Sports: Lavallete, N.J.
Favorite Past Times: Making homemade tomato sauce with her entire family
and spending every summer at the beach growing up
Favorite Pump-Up Song: Helluva by Sammy Adams
Parents: Joe & Dina Caro
Siblings: Len, Michael & Maria
Consider supporting the U.S U-21 Women's National Team as they prepare to wear the red, white and blue on the world stage November 23 - December 4, 2016 by donating to their Rally U.S. to the Cup campaign. All funds raised will be used to help supply coverage of travel, meals, medical treatment and more for the U-21 USWNT. Click here to donate.
Photo Credit: Beverly Schaefer & Cat Caro