A look at the list of luminaries in Miami University (Ohio) Hall of Fame quickly reveals some impressive names: Weeb Ewbank, Bo Schembechler, Wally Szczerbiak . . . Amanda Sokolow.

Yeah, that was her reaction, too.

Sokolow, a former field hockey and lacrosse superstar at Friends Academy, was inducted into her college's Hall of Fame last month.

"There are some amazing people, an illustrious group, in that Hall of Fame," said Sokolow, a 1999 graduate. "For me, it was overwhelming and humbling to see my name among some of those."

The Locust Valley native starred for the RedHawks field hockey team and piled up accolades, including: freshman of the year in 1995, all-region and conference honors, and her 138 points rank third in program history.

Before that, Sokolow owned the circle on Long Island high school fields. The midfielder was a three-time all-state selection and won gold on the junior Olympic team. Her 47 goals and 23 assists -- eye-popping totals in field hockey -- led the Quakers to a county final in 1994. (That was in addition to being an All-American lacrosse player.)

"She had an innate ability to read the field," said Jacquie Gow, who coached Sokolow in both sports at Friends Academy. "She's by the far the most talented athlete I've coached [in 36 years]. To have one of your athletes reach that level is a dream."

Sokolow went on to earn an MBA in management and finance from Hofstra and now lives in Garden City with her husband, Mike Mancuso, and 14-month-old son, Ryan.


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