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Living the (All) American Dream

Living the (All) American Dream
Jim Norman

The feats just keep on coming for Canterbury graduate Lida Coco ’21. Already accomplished as a sophomore forward at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts, Lida has been named a Division II Second Team All-American by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association!

She was previously selected for the All-Northeast-10 first team this season, her initial campaign as a starter. She led the Falcons in scoring with seven goals, four assists, and 18 points, and scored four game-winning goals, tied for third most in the conference. In her freshman year, she was selected to the All-Rookie Team All-Conference NE10 and Third Team All-Conference NE10. 

“Lida has made an impact in the program since her arrival as a freshman,” said Bentley Head Coach Jessica Spencer. “I am so thrilled to see her recognized!”

Lida was just as gifted an athlete during her time on the hilltop. She competed in Girls’ Varsity Squash, Girls’ Track and Field, and Varsity Field Hockey, where she earned All-New England Class C, All-State, and All-NEPSAC honors. And she has family ties to Canterbury as well—Maintenance Supervisor Ross Coco is her father.

“She was a standout field hockey player in her time here at Canterbury,” recalled Girls’ Varsity Field Hockey Head Coach Madeleine Lord. “Lida raised the level of the program and those around her, always pushing us to do and try new things. She is a dedicated student of the game, committing hours to perfecting her craft. She is absolutely deserving of all accolades in the sport.”

In discussing the honor, Lida is quick to share credit with others. “I am grateful to be an All-American and am so appreciative to the coaching staff and my teammates at Bentley for creating an environment where I am pushed to be the best I can be,” she said. “I’m also fortunate to have attended Canterbury, where the level of play prepared me for my college field hockey career. Thank you to all my coaches and teammates who have influenced me so far. I cannot wait to see what the future holds!” 

Neither can we. Congratulations, Lida!