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SHE'S TWICE THE PLAYER; HORTON INTENDS TO TRY BOTH FIELD AND ICE HOCKEY IN COLLEGE.

Byline: Lee Barnathan Daily News Staff Writer

Jennifer Horton says her passion is ice hockey. Still, she's doing just fine with the field version.

Horton was named Athlete of the Year at the recent California State Games, an Olympic-style festival held in Chula Vista under the auspices of the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Next month, Horton, who recently was graduated from La Reina High School, will head for Canton, N.Y., and St. Lawrence University, where she will attempt to walk onto the Division III field hockey and Division I ice hockey teams.

Horton certainly is equally dedicated to each. Her coach at the state games, Pat O'Reilly, said he knew of a time Horton played a midnight ice hockey game, then got into a car with her parents and drove several hours to play in a field hockey game.

``I've done that a couple of times,'' she said.

Another time, Horton was hit in the head by a field hockey ball, which required 12 stitches. She played the next day.

``It was Thanksgiving night,'' Horton said. ``I spent it in a hospital room (in Indio) and I had a granola bar for Thanksgiving dinner.''

``She never complains and she never has any excuse,'' said O'Reilly, who nominated Horton for the award. ``Every single person on the team likes her. When she won, all her teammates were excited.''

Horton, who has been playing field hockey for four years and ice hockey for half a year longer, said each sport requires different leg muscles. Field hockey takes more out of her.

``You're out in the sun,'' she said. ``It's difficult to run low to the ground controlling a little ball, and you can only use one side of your stick.

``In ice hockey, it's the checking that's the difficult part. That takes a lot out of you.''

Horton isn't disappointed she has no scholarship. The school's financial-aid package, which includes grants and work-study programs, satisfies her. She also has spoken to coaches of both teams, who gave her summer workout schedules she has followed.

Her friends like her chances of making the teams.

``She's a very excellent defensive player,'' said Andreana Mevoli, a field hockey goalie headed to St. Joseph's this fall. She also teamed with Horton on the Ventura County select team. ``She incorporates her ice hockey skills with her field hockey skills. I think she can make it in both of them.''

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Photo: Jennifer Horton is one of two girls playing on a hockey team in Burbank. She also plays field hockey.

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