Grace Santi Feature: From the Atlantic Ocean to the Banks of the Red Cedar
Spartan senior forward
By Kristi Simmons, MSU Athletic Communications Student Assistant
From the Atlantic Ocean to the banks of the Red Cedar River, senior Grace Santi has lived out her dreams as a forward for the Michigan State University field hockey team.
Growing up in Oceanport, N.J., Santi attended Shore Regional High School while competing in club field hockey for Jersey Intensity.
The senior compiled an impressive resume for her club team, where she was a four-year varsity starter and four-time division and conference champion.
“I’ve always loved the sport,” said Santi. “I am very competitive and knew that I wanted to compete at a higher level which motivated me to keep working hard.”
The hard work paid off when she got the official invite to visit Michigan State for field hockey.
During her visit to MSU, Santi said she fell in love with the campus and the program as a whole. She felt right at home with the coaching staff and knew immediately Michigan State was exactly where she wanted to be.
Throughout her freshman year, Santi appeared in 12 games and earned her first career start against Monmouth College on October 4th, 2014.
The New Jersey native collected her first goal against Old Dominion as a sophomore. That same season she appeared in 19 games.
“My favorite part about field hockey is the close relationships that I have formed with my teammates. I am especially close with the underclassman. The close bonds formed make all of the time put into our sport that much better,” added Santi.
This close bond between Santi and her teammates has brought countless memories during practices and other team functions. Santi says her teammates and parents have pushed her to keep working hard throughout her years here.
“I couldn’t have gotten here without my parents. They have given me unconditional support throughout the years and although they can’t make it to many games, they are still so supportive.”
Santi has continued to improve in 2017, tallying two goals so far this season to go along with one assist. The senior is sixth on the team in goals scored this season and sits at eighth in assists.
In her free time, Santi enjoys being on the beach and hanging out along the boardwalk. Although East Lansing doesn’t have many beaches, she has enjoyed hanging out with friends on campus and reading.
Santi plans to graduate in December 2018 from Michigan State and hopes to move to New York City with a business corporation job.