Team Diary - Kate Crandall

Oct. 21, 2003

The past week has been marked by some challenges as well as some great moments for Yale Field Hockey. Following our wonderful Parent's Weekend, we were met with the sad news that two integral members of our team were going to be convalescing throughout the week. Trish Bissett '07, our sure and steady forward, who brings great skill and spark (and scoring!) to our circle play, suffered from post- concussional syndrome while our wonderful assistant coach Julie Smith was sick with pneumonia. It was hard to be without these two as we prepared to play Harvard on Saturday.

After an extra day off (Tuesday), which was a miracle considering midterms and the exhaustion following the Dartmouth and Bucknell games, the team put out three great practices leading up to the battle for Ivy League title contention on Saturday. After the first two minutes of the game, we knew that our team had not stepped on the field completely ready to play. Fortunately, we started to assert ourselves a little more on the field as the game progressed, registering some corners and shots before the half. Although we ended the game by securing a penalty corner, it was too little too late.

Krissy Nesburg '04 had a fantastic game in goal and there were several individual moments of brilliance throughout the game, but we learned the hard way that 70+ minutes of complete effort, focus, and teamwork are required to finish victoriously. On a positive note, the team took a step forward in that we gained a new sense of resolve about the remaining 5 games.

Tonight after practice, we met together and reevaluated our goals. We established that we will approach each remaining games with the desire to DOMINATE, not solely to win. Although we are out of contention for the Ivy title, we still stand in a position to fight for third in the league, a feat that has not been accomplished by the Elis in recent years. Similarly, we have the awesome privilege of pursuing a chance to defend our ECAC title. With these new goals in place, it was impossible to ignore the air of renewed confidence as we exited the locker room. Tomorrow we will head out to practice with these goals in mind as we prepare for Holy Cross, who we face in Worcester, MA on Wednesday, so that when that final horn blows, we can stand with our heads high, proud that we wear the 'Y.'

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