April 27, 2004
It's hard to believe that our spring season is over. Between individuals, running, lifting, team practice and fundraising events, the Yale Field Hockey team has worked extremely hard to prepare for our foreign trip to Italy and Greece in August and ultimately for our fall season.
We started off the spring with individual practice sessions twice a week and running and lifting three times a week. Our strength coach, Allison Parakh, worked with us on Mondays to concentrate on running technique. The entire team made huge gains and we were all able to transfer the techniques that we learned to become faster players on the field. Just before spring break we finished phase one of our spring training with every player running a sub-seven minute mile.
After spring break, the team came back excited and ready to start team practices. Despite a number of injuries, which always seem to happen in the spring, we were able to scrimmage everyday at the end of practice. We were also able to play indoor with the Yale Club Field Hockey team. These extra opportunities to play allowed us to successfully prepare for our upcoming tournaments. On April 4th we traveled to Springfield College to play a number of teams including URI, Colgate, Hofstra, Springfield, Holy Cross and Quinnipiac. We finished second in our pool despite a loss to Hofstra, but we were unable to top Holy Cross in the semi-finals to advance to the championship game.
Back on campus, we worked hard for two weeks to prepare for our next spring tournament. It seemed like every practice was pouring rain, snow or sleet. We worked through it, and on May 18th, the sun finally decided to shine. Colgate, Syracuse, Hofstra, Fairfield, UMass, URI, Rider, Siena, Quinnipiac, Sacred Heart and Albany came to play us and this time we were able to win our pool. Again, we lost a tough game in the semi-finals and did not make it to the championship.
We wrapped up the spring with another gauntlet and this time, everyone ran a personal best. Our team has done a great job with the training and we are excited to have such a good base entering the summer. We have made a commitment to each other and our program to find somewhere to train and most importantly to play despite being spread across the globe. We can't wait to come back August 17th to travel to Italy and Greece. There we will have the chance to play three games against international opponents and watch three Olympic field hockey matches. The training that we did this spring and that which is due to take place this summer is going to make us a successful team and allow us to win an Ivy League Championship in the fall!