Longstreth Sporting Goods Ambassador - Emily Risser


Hometown: Palmyra, PA     Position: Defense    

Stick: Gryphon Tour Samurai

College: Ohio University     Schedule



Started all 17 games
2022 NFHCA D1 National Academic Squad



Four-year varsity starter for Palmyra Area High School under coaches Kent Harshman
Named Mid Penn All Star (2021)
Member of the All State Second team (2021)
Academic All State (2020-2021)
Two-time 2A State Runner up (2018-2019)
2A State Champions (2020)
Was also a distinguished lacrosse player
4 year varsity player
Mid Penn All Star (2022)


What stick do you play with and why did you choose it?

I play with the Gryphon Tour Samurai because I love the control that it gives me, as well as the ability to do perfect aerials.

Do you play with a glove? If so, which glove and what do you like about it?

Yes, I play with the Gryphon G-mitt. I really like how I am able to have complete control over my stick, while still protecting my hand.

What shin guards do you play with? Why did you choose them?

I play with the Gryphon Classic shinguards -- they keep my protected but are stills upper comfortable and form fitting.

What grip is on your stick and why did you choose it?

I use the Gryphon soft grip with the neon green Gryphon chamois overgrip. I like the chamois because it makes my grip a little thicker and still allows control when it's raining or when my hands are sweaty

How long have you been playing field hockey?

I have been playing field hockey for pretty much my whole life. My mom was a collegiate coach when I was younger so I basically grew up with a stick in my hands.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

My favorite pregame ritual is to braid my hair and then braid all of my teammates hair. "Game Day Hair by Emily"

What's your go-to pre-game hairstyle?

Definitely the double braids on top of my head with a tucked ponytail bun! .

What's your go-to pre-game meal?

My go to pregame meal is a bagel from Bagel Street Deli!

Favorite pump up songs to listen to before a game?

My favorites are Big Bootie Mixes!

Describe your playing style in 3 words

Patient, Poised, Powerful

What do you like to do when not playing field hockey?

When I'm not playing I enjoy painting and coloring as well as anything outdoorsy!

What's your favorite motivational quote?

"Success isn't overnight. It's when every day you get a little better than the day before. It all adds up" - Dwayne Johnson

If you could give your younger field hockey self a piece of advice, what would it be?

Going to the biggest and best D1 school does not guarantee happiness. Go where you know you will be able to contribute and grow as a player and as a person.

Other than field hockey, what's your favorite fall activity?

Other than field hockey, my favorite fall activity has to be cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers every Sunday!