Field Hockey Leopards Continue Spring Work

It’s Germany vs Holland as Lisa van der Geest and Anna Steps challenge each other

My wife and I were on campus yesterday to catch a lecture, and after an early meal at Big Woody’s we decided to drive over to the field hockey field to see if our favorite team was practicing. Luckily they were still on the turf playing half field. Even though Head Coach Jennifer Stone was in South America with the US under 21 team, drills continued unabated under the able supervision of assistant coaches Sarah Dalrymple and Kelcie Hromsisin.

After a designated amount of time the scrimmage stopped and each side, white and black, took time to reflect on mistakes made and suggestions to improve. The two coaches were there to guide the discussions and begin again. The candid banter was used to improve on each rotation.

Liza Welch breaks for goal followed by Lisa van der Geest, Sophie Carr, and two other teammates chasing her down

It was interesting to see the improvement and the application of self lessons learned. After practice there was a session with the Oaks Leadership team to talk about developing a winning attitude. No doubt after that it was time to hit the books. Such is the life of a division one athlete. As they displayed their talents I could only. marvel at progress made by our current first year players. They are fully integrating themselves into the team culture while learning to anticipate where their teammates are on the field at all times.

Their next spring competition is against Monmouth at Lafayette on Friday April 6th at 6 pm. It’ll be another chance to challenge what they were learning on the field.


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William Rappolt

I am past chairman of the Lafayette Friends of Field Hockey and a former BOT member at Lafayette College. My wife and I are members of the Board of Trustees for USA Field Hockey Foundation. I am currently Chairman of that Board. I am the retired treasurer of M and T Bank Corporation and a 30 year fan of Division one field hockey

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