In a newsletter sent to alumni,parents, and fans Head Coach Jennifer Stone announced plans to take the Lafayette Field Hockey team to Capetown, South Africa to compete with local teams and sample life in a different culture. In her newsletter, Coach Stone explains the reasons for the trip. ” My objective for the Lafayette Field Hockey program is to create an opportunity where every player who plays for LCFH gets to experience hockey abroad. Hockey is a worldly sport, as reflected in our own team here at Lafayette. To be able to play and EXPERIENCE hockey abroad is an incredible gift…….Our previous tours have been to Holland, London and Barcelona. Every graduating player since 2013 has experienced a hockey tour abroad.”
Stone noted that the trip was made possible by the significant generosity from our supporters, families, friends, and alumni. She wants to continue the tradition and the pay the same gift forward to our future leopards.
The team will leave on May 29th and return June the 7th. They will play four matches at local clubs and will have a clinic by a professional coach while there. They will also provide a clinic of their own to less privileged students through the courtesy of the Goededacht Trust.
They will also have a chance to Safari at the Aquila Game Reserve, do team surfing, visit Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, visit the Cape of Good Hope and sample a traditional African dinner and dancing, among other activities.
The team will have to prepare for the trip by having additional practices starting May 20th before leaving by plane from JFK. They will need several vaccines according to team physician Dr. Jeff Goldstein including shots for Hep A and typhoid.
OFF SEASON WORK CONTINUES
Upon return to campus the team began a series of workouts and exercises to prepare for the spring season. They expect to be back on the turf in March in anticipation of the spring competitions. As of now the following schedule is anticipated:
Saturday March 24 @ Villanova 12 pm
Friday April 6 Monmouth at 6 pm @ home
Sunday April 8 @ Penn for a tournament
Saturday April 14 @ Columbia for a tournament
Saturday April 21 there is a tournament @ home
Using Lafayette’s extensive alumni network many team members were able experience externships during the break. Liza Welch visited schools and businesses in the Boston Area including Harvard Business School and the Harvard Medical School. Jenn DeLongis was at a private law firm and sat in on several criminal case hearings. Adriana Pero had an externship with Dr. Susan Pannullo a noted neurosurgeon at New York Presbyterian Hospital, and Cameron Costello shadowed a neonatal surgeon and worked in the NICU. She also got to scrub into a C section!!!
There is other news which I will follow up on in the near future!!