,Seven Seniors are about to experience their last regular season game with arch rival Lehigh at Lehigh on Friday at 7 pm. The “Rivalry” began as a football rivalry in the late 19th century and over the years evolved into as intense a rivalry there is in college sports. Events included placing a cow in a rival president’s office, undefeated teams and winless teams, caskets were paraded at halftime, a bonfire was lit prematurely smoking out Taylor Gym, and play signals were stolen which resulted in the invention of the huddle. But more about that for a later post. Needless to say the intensity of that rivalry has been transmitted to all sports, field hockey not an exception and our seniors will be experiencing it for the last time as undergrads in this regular season. Over the next several days I want to highlight the seniors and my impression of this class.
Kara began her career with great promise. A native of Frankfurt, Germany Tara arrived as a legacy since her great-grandfather was an alumnus. She has all the skills to make an impact in the Patriot League. I remember well her freshman game against Richmond where her skill and speed were obvious.
Unfortunately, chronic injuries hurt her chances for sustained impact on the field. However she showed her strength of character by trying to help the team at what ever task she could assume. She attended practices, traveled and in all circumstances was a member of this class and team.
She has taken full advantage of her time at Lafayette. She was named to the 2020 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. As well as 2019/2020 NFHCA D1 National Academic Squad. Despite her limited playing time she appears in 6 games with 1 start. The Psychology major will return to Europe with a wealth of experiences and was a much appreciated member of the team.
My remarkable memory of her would be her optimistic and energetic personality. Especially amazing is her command of the English language speaking with no perceptible accent at all. In whatever life choices she decides to make no doubt there is a bright future ahead for this eventual Lafayette alumnus.
Becca came to Lafayette in 2020 in the middle of a pandemic. She is a transfer from Delaware. Academically, she thrived in the classroom making the NFHCA D1 national academic squad as a Lafayette Biology major. The Camp Hill Pa. native has played in 2 games and provides stability, strength and depth at the goal keeper position.
isShe has integrated well into the Lafayette field hockey culture and well liked by her team. Because of Covid I have had little contact with her during her stay but she is a true Leopard. No doubt with her biology credentials from Lafayette she is off to a significant career in the future.
Next up tomorrow Alix Talkow, Mary Gould, and Hailey Abbott