23,000 Miles And Four Days Until It All Begins

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Senior Aliza Furneaux sprints upfield looking for an open player

The Lafayette Field Hockey team will be traveling an estimated 23,000 combined miles in the next four days to arrive in Easton to begin preseason practice for the 2016 season. Between August 9th and August 26th the team will engage in about 14 days of multiple practices relieved by two live scrimmages with Rutgers and Columbia. The first real game will be against Fairfield University on August 26th. Fairfield is a former Patriot League member who won their own league last year, only to lose to Patriot League champion, Boston University in the first NCAA game.

Every team in the league will  begin their own journey, each with their own goals and objectives to try to perform better than in 2015 regardless of their final record. The league will see one new coach. Lehigh has hired Caitlin Dallmeyer who comes from Dickinson College and played her hockey at Duke. Holy Cross has hired a new assistant who was an assistant at Bucknell, and Lafayette has a new assistant in Sara Dalrymple from Hofstra.

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Senior Co- Captain Amanda Magadan moves the ball into scoring position

The league itself will be stronger and the schedules of last year’s top four teams  are sprinkled with NCAA tournament participants as well other  highly ranked teams. It should raise the RPI of the whole league. Holy Cross which just missed getting into Patriot League tournament will be looking to break that ceiling this year while American, Boston University, Lafayette and Bucknell will be trying to keep hold of the top four spots in the League. Although Boston University only took in two recruits this year, they will return 18 experienced players and will be a team to beat in the League. However, they have lost Sofi Laurito, their best player. American University returns with Patriot League rookie of the year Rafaelo Rubas. They will have 19 returning players and will play one of the toughest out of conference schedules in the league. Lafayette  brings 14 players back led by team captains, Kaitlyn Arnold who led the league in shutouts, and first team all patriot leaguer and U-21 team member Amanda Magadan. Senior Aliza Furneaux will anchor the defense while Ami Turner, who was the second leading scorer on the team will start in the midfield. The roster is boosted by the largest freshman class in the league.

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Senior midfielder and second leading scorer Ami Turner

Bucknell will be very solid as 19 return from the team that went two overtimes against Boston in the PL tournament. Lehigh’s new coach will rebuild as she  concentrates on improving the Mountain Hawks team culture. Holy Cross had some interesting wins last year including a 4-3 win against Lafayette. Seventeen will return from last year. Colgate’s disappointing season is behind them as they rededicate themselves for 2016.

My guess is when Head Coaches and Sports Information personnel cast their preseason ballots it will sort out in descending order, American, Boston,Lafayette,Bucknell, Holy Cross, Lehigh, and Colgate. I will reserve my predictions until after preseason. ( Hint: I think Lafayette and Bucknell will surprise!!!)

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Senior Co- Captain Kaitlyn Arnold is a wall protecting the goal

In the meantime, our Leopards return after hopefully, intense preparation. Many have been playing in home club teams, and keeping sharp in preparation for tuesday’s arrival. The operative word for the next several weeks is integration and team building. The key will be how quickly the new players can be integrated into the team allowing Coach Stone to install a seamless offensive and defensive scheme. No doubt there is talent in the returning veterans and new players,  but the most important job will be to jell into an effective team. Our first clue will come in New Brunswick at Rutgers.

Next up, will be arrival day and the opening tailgate!

 

Why and How I Write

 

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In the parlance of the NCAA, I am an associated person, when it comes to Lafayette. I have been a trustee of the College, vice chairman of the finance committee, chairman of the organization that solicited larger gifts, president of my class, a member of the College’s booster club executive committee, chair of the Hall of Fame committee, and presently chair of the Friends of Lafayette Field Hockey. But first and foremost I am a fan. I root for the Leopards in all sports and support with donations, several of them. I want to see them all succeed.

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After the winning overtime goal in 2012 playoff game

I also support the academic side by endowing a named chair in the neuroscience department, a named prize for the best student, and several excel scholarships. I reveal all this to demonstrate my commitment to the school and its mission. I believe in the concept of “scholar-athlete” which the Patriot League represents and Lafayette demonstrates every year. Athletes learn teamwork, discipline, and goal setting. Being a division one athlete is not for everyone, just  as studying quantum mechanics is not everyone’s cup of tea. Having these committed student athletes is a plus for our College, and adds to the diverse population of  “Leopards”.

During a meeting, a decade ago, a person who shall remain anonymous , opined to me, ” We are not in the business of training professional athletes.” I thought the statement was uninformed and took an uneducated view of athletics, which to my mind  is “co-curricular.” The correct answer is ,if someone choses to be a professional athlete they will have received an education that allows them to appreciate civilization and contribute as their talents allow. You could insert doctor, lawyer or scientist for professional athlete. Not one person who graduates after four years at Lafayette is qualified to argue a case in front of the Supreme Court, perform brain surgery, or even run a large corporation. Skills learned on the playing fields for these extraordinary students go beyond the details of the game. They provide skills that can be applied to almost any discipline. At the division one  level, which we compete at, we are attracting the very best.

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Rosie Shanks shows her defensive skills

In the coming weeks, I will be reporting on the events on the field but I will be doing it from my perspective. I will not criticize individual players, but unlike a school publication who will always find a rosy perspective, I will say when they played beneath their ability. Field Hockey is a team sport, and the team includes everyone. Unlike the school publications, I will write when an official blew a call. When something extraordinary is accomplished on or off the field I will make note of it.

I have been critical at times of the school, if policies are inappropriate. Ten years ago when the Patriot League went to athletic scholarships I was a strong proponent, and I thought the administration’s position at the time, was ill-considered and destructive. It is my belief the current administration wants to see every activity perform at a level that produces positive experiences for its students, including athletics. Lafayette benefits from having these extraordinary student athletes on campus and that support is crucial to its ultimate success.

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Within a week, all the fall sports will begin training and I will be there at the field hockey field to report on the team. I sincerely believe they could be one of the most successful teams on campus this year. The talent is there, the question remains can they come together as a team. I can’t wait to find out!!

Next: When preseason begins there will be preseason polls. Where will our Leopards sort out with the rest of league in the opinion of other coaches and school communications writers??

 

 

 

Teammates On The Field, Friends Off The Field

I’ve written often about my support for team sports, and its relevance in the development and education of its participants. There is no deeper connection, except perhaps, the camaraderie on the battlefield, that engenders lifetime connections like competitive athletics. It is not just the hours spent during an intense competition, but the shared intensity of training that knits bonds that will last a lifetime. The life of an elite athlete, which is who these young Division One student-athletes are, is a shared experience. It melds into a community that can  last a lifetime.

I receive  from time to time, email from past and present field hockey Leopards, letting me know what they are up to and I thought I might share this with my readers ( with their permission).These are examples of how lifetime connections develop and flourish. It demonstrates  how those connections can continue not only after a completed season, but after graduation.

I suppose it all begins during the recruiting period. Official visits are usually timed to coincide with games and allows the prospective teammates to begin that lifetime bonding process, not only with their classmates but with the team with whom they will be spending training hours on and off the field. There is no group on campus  with which they will interact and depend on more than their teammates.

Several days ago I received an  email from junior forward Rosie Shanks as she was about to leave for the USA from her home in Scotland. She reflected on her wonderful time at home with family and friends. Rosie emphasized she has been training hard and recounted that in the games she played in at home, she had scored in every game. She opined on the different style of play, and how interesting it was to experience  both hockey cultures. Rosie used her time to also complete her level one coaching certification, while also coaching at her old Club, Clydesdale, with 120 children ranging from 5 to 15. She loves coaching and is considering becoming a coach after graduation, perhaps even coaching in the US.

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Rosie Shanks and Meg Lillis working together against Boston University with Coach Stone looking on.

The highlight of the summer was a visit with a friend in Paris who is studying art after which  Rosie traveled to Ireland to meet up with teammate Meg Lillis. The two had  adventures in Dublin and later returned returned to Scotland for a few days. Rosie was able to show Meg, Edinburgh and on another day Inveraray  Castle in Argyll before Meg had to rerun to Ireland to complete her internship.

Part of maturing and growing is to expand your connections. Those connections endure after leaving the playing field for the last time. Earlier in the summer I received an email from Megan Cicchi ’11 who was an all league and region all american at Lafayette graduating with a degree in Chemistry after only 3 1/2 years. She was obviously a terrific athlete, and given her intelligence and ambition destined for great things. Megan is working in her field and still is connecting to field hockey as a volunteer commissioner for her club team. Her brother is on the US under 21 team and recently selected for the US team. She has managed to stay connected with her teammates as well. Megan and Bridget Hilbig also a teammate and classmate from the class of ’10,  make it a point to go backpacking at least once year. At the time of her email, they were preparing for an 8 day trip to Iceland. Bridget recently received her PhD and one year of post-doc. and will start teaching at a small California college this fall.

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Megan Chicchi gets ready to score against Georgetown

Finally, the connections are made even to those who were not teammates. but share the experience of playing hockey at Lafayette. This fall, the current team and alumni shared a  moment to support Emily Goldman Garibaldi’07 and her husband Peter. Their two year old daughter had succumbed to a terminal illness. As Emily and Peter stood  surrounded by Emily’s teammates, one former teammate remarked how she had given her daughter the middle name Lucille, after Emily’s little girl.  Her short life was remembered in a dedication on October 24. It was a remarkable ceremony as current teammates and alumni teammates stood in support and dedicated a tree at the playing field they shared during their stay at Lafayette. The dedication reads, “In loving memory of Lucille Elizabeth Garibaldi, daughter of  Emily Goldman Garibaldi ’07 and Pete Garibaldi.” The message finishes,” The legacy is really the lives we touch, the inspiration we give.”

Those that say athletics is just about the game… are wrong!

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Lafayette Schedule Change Moves First Day of Preseason

Coach Stone released the final schedule recently with several changes from the spring temporary release. The most noticeable change was moving the first game from August 28th to 6pm on August 26th at Rappolt field. That move started a series of changes.The most important change was to move the first day of preseason to August 9th instead of August 11th. The earlier start gives the Leopards two days more of practice before the first scrimmage.

Given the large class the two day earlier start is welcomed by the Lafayette coaching staff to give them more time to assess and train the 2016 version of Leopard Field Hockey. This may be one of the earliest starts for the field hockey team in my memory.

The first game will be with Fairfield University, a former member of the Patriot League. They were the MAAC champions last year and played Patriot League champion Boston University in the NCAA first round game. Although they lost that game, they have a strong contingent returning. Fairfield also spent 9 days in May on a european tour after a strong spring season. They will be ready when they arrive from Connecticut on the 26th and will be bringing a good attitude and good skills to Easton.

The Leopards will need to be ready for that home opener and the preseason will be crucial to doing their best. So August 9th for all you Leopards who are working hard on your training regimen.

As for the rest of you fans check out the schedule on http://www.goleopards.com, as there are several other changes since spring release!!

Sarah Dalrymple Rounds Out Lafayette Field Hockey Staff

Sarah Dalrymple was scheduled to start on July first as Head Coach Stone’s addition to the Leopards coaching staff. She comes to the Hill after serving a two year stint at Hofstra where she was responsible for team practice organization, player development , recruiting evaluation, equipment and team travel operations and other administrative responsibilities. But it was her coaching skills that were put in operation early on as she worked Stone’s Total Hockey Field Hockey Camp last week.

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Rising freshmen Sam Di Maio and Sara Park getting instruction from camp coaches

The camp gave Dalrymple, current Lafayette players who worked the camp, as well as rising freshmen a chance to get to know one another. Sarah is a 2011 graduate from Temple and served as the team captain in her last season in 2010. She was the team defensive MVP and earned regional  all-american and all-conference honors in her senior year. She was a member of the US National Indoor team in 2012 and 2013 and a member of US National Developmental Squad in 2010 and 2011.

Before her time at Hofstra, Dalrymple was an assistant at Longwood where she served as acting head coach during the spring of 2012. The ebullient coach said when she saw that Stone was looking, she gave her a call that led to her eventual appointment. ” I was extremely excited to be joining a great program.”

I reminded her that she was player at Temple as an opponent. ” Yes those were all tough games. I remember particularly a 2-2 overtime game in which Temple fell,” she remarked. I reminded her that Temple had the best of the Leopards the year before 3-1. I then asked if it would be weird coaching against 3 teams she was associated with this year,since Temple, Longwood, and Hofstra appear on the Leopard schedule this year.  “Actually my first year at Longwood, Temple came down to play and we competed against my former teammates, however there is a now a new coach and new players. Much is the  same at Longwood, but I suppose I don’t have to spend the same amount of time looking at Hofstra  tapes,”she volunteered.

I asked if she would be responsible for the defense and goalies and she responded,” Yes, I will working with the goalies,but I  hope to be helpful all over the field. Few people know I was recruited as a field player at Temple. The summer before I arrived, I seriously broke my ankle. We only had one goalie and the coach asked me to be the second goalie. So yes, I volunteered!  By my junior season I was the starter and the rest is history.” Sara will have three goalies to work with, senior Kaitlyn Arnold, sophomore Gabrielle Ulery and freshman Sara Park. She has met all three and I can say they are all excited to work with her.

Coach Stone has said, “Sarah is an energetic, passionate, and driven coach, and we’re excited to welcome her to College Hill.”

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Several rising freshman Leopards take in all the instruction at camp

The team reports on August 11, less than one month from today and I have heard that many members of the team will arrive early staying at apartments of those living off campus to work out together without coaches prior to the official start. Sounds to me like the team is anxious to get going. Go Pards!!

Lafayette Field Hockey Campers Receive Advice On The Mental Aspects Of Being An Athlete

Coach Jennifer Stone who runs the Total Field Hockey Camp at Lafayette College had her student athlete campers trade the hockey turf for the classroom, for an hour on monday. The group of over 100 high school and rising college athletes marched into Oeschle Hall, the headquarters for the psychology and neuroscience departments at Lafayette, to hear Dr. Megan Cannon, a sport psychologist explain how to improve their mental health and  achieve peak performance as a student athlete. She works for Mind of the Athlete,  a sports psychology consulting firm. They consult with many schools including Lafayette to help foster an environment  of positive communication, encouragement, and cohesion to achieve success.

Dr. Cannon competed in swimming, softball and basketball as a youth, while also performing on the stage in ballet, jazz and tap dance from the age of three through college. She brought these experiences, along with her educational background to help today’s student athletes, deal with performance anxiety, nervousness, and many other obstacles to maximize performance on the field and in life.

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Current and future teammates listen attentively

One of the first tips was to suggest to athletes that they visualize their ideal performance, scoring that difficult goal, making a save, or the perfect pass. Visualization is important in all sports and help your mind and body to perform without conscious thought. She also discussed how to deal with bad play or mistakes and how to get over it. She introduced the idea of using a mantra to overcome nervousness and to even increase team unity.

Questions from the floor included the ideal amount of sleep required. Dr. Cannon reemphasized how important sleep was to be at you peak. ” Anyone who says they do not need sleep is lying,” she said. There was a question of naps and what was the ideal time for a nap. (26 minutes). There were suggestions to reduce pre-game anxiousness  by doing some rhythmic breathing.

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Applying what they learned on the field

Finally, she brought up the real case study of a student athlete. He was a wrestler at a major division one school and during his undefeated career won 136 straight matches. She attributed part of his success to his major….art. He would draw pictures of wrestlers in imagined holds. It was this exercise that helped him visualize his success on the mat. Dr Cannon then did an exercise where she had her audience draw themselves on the field doing a good play. Several shared their brief drawings with the assembled class.

The group left with additional tools to help deal with the pressures of being a student athlete and to perform their best on the field and in the classroom.

 

 

 

Lafayette Senior Leaders Set Themes For The Fall Season

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Amanda Madagan on her way to two goals in the Junior Pan Am games

It’s a little over one month before the team reports for the official preseason camp. In the meantime, the independent team camps are due to start. Open to all high school and college players, many of the rising first year players will take advantage of the extra instruction, while the veteran players and coaches will act as camp councilors and teachers.  In the meantime, captain’s practices will be in full swing as the melding of the team begins to take place.  All the players will have received a regimen from the strength and conditioning staff to make sure that on August 11th the team is ready to get on to the serious business of designing schemes and lineups.

Six days after reporting in August, the 2016 Leopards will travel to Rutgers for its first taste of collegiate competition, and 6 days after that Columbia will be the final tune up before the team will tackle the regular season with Fairfield University, on August 26 at 6pm at Rappolt Field.

Senior leadership is important as they will set the tone and help bring the team together, leading by example and encouragement. This is the first class in four years that has not experienced a championship in their previous three years and they will want to do everything possible to earn that championship ring.

I contacted two of those leaders several days ago and asked them to write to me and explain what this coming season means to them, and what the team must do to have a successful season. Amanda Magadan, a first team league selection who for the past  year has been playing for the US under 21 team was the leading goal scorer for the Leopards, and her skill is quite evident on the turf. Kaitlyn Arnold is not only a Phi Beta Kappa student but is also an all league performer in the goal for the Leopards. She had the most shutouts of any goalie in the league.

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Katelyn Arnold stands tall in the goal against Bucknell last year

Amanda wrote, ” If we want to be successful in the upcoming season, we need to work hard, be persistent, and believe! Our goals will be accomplished not by luck, but through our hard work on the field and our ability to learn from our mistakes. There is no doubt that as a team we will be faced with obstacles in the upcoming season. Maybe we are down 2-0 in the second half, but how will we react? Will our bench get louder? Our players sprint faster? Our choice to unite, believe and overcome the challenges in front of us will define our success. As a rising senior, I sincerely look forward to beginning our journey as a team and watching us grow and accomplish tons!”

Katilyn struck a similar theme in her response,” I think this can be a huge fall for us. We have a really strong group with a lot of talent. Even more than that , we’ve made huge strides as a program on developing out culture and I think that can pay dividends in the fall season. In the offseason, we’ve worked on creating an environment that breeds and encourages hard work. To be successful in the fall, we need to keep this environment as cornerstone of our team culture. If we work hard and play tough and with grit, I think we’ll be able to play with anyone.”

Along with their fellow seniors they will lead the team and will dare  their teammates to be a winner. Coach Stone remarked to me at the end of the spring season that this team didn’t want to leave the field after the last practice. The “journey” begins!!!

Championships Are Made And Are Not Inevitable

On a cold November 3rd in 2012 Deanna DiCroce lifted a penalty stroke into the top of the cage, delivering a second straight Patriot League championship to the Leopards. The win solidified Lafayette’s national ranking and gave them a ticket to a game with number 2 ranked Princeton on the following tuesday. Princeton was to become the eventual national champion and both teams were to advance to the National Collegiate Athletic Association division one tournament. In both years, 2011 and 2012, Lafayette was not the preseason pick by any of the selectors in the League. The Leopards, in fact did not get any national attention until midseason, after games with nationally ranked Drexel and Albany!

In June of 2013 at the end of the school year the Lafayette Field Hockey Team and Deanna DiCroce ’13 received the Patriot League Women’s Team of the Year and Female Athlete of the Year respectively. The team had earned an at large bid to the NCAA tournament, a first from a Patriot League member. They finished with a 17-3 overall record and went 5-0 in conference play and undefeated at 10-0 at home!!  They scored 70 goals for a 3.5 goal per  game average and only gave up 1.3 goals per game for a total of 26 goals. All league goalie Jessica Deutsch and the defense allowed only 26 goals, while earning a  71 pct ga average. Dicroce  had a league leading 18 goals while defender Jenna Seybert had 10 goals. Yes, it was a “magical” season, but the effort, talent, and team work was anything but only “magic”.

DiCroce’s goal would have never happened if there wasn’t a win in the semi-final game the day before. Scoring was spread around with DiCroce, Machalick, Seybert, and Haley Keenan scoring the overtime goal, sending the Leopards onto the championship game. It was teamwork that prevailed in that game with Machalick, Seybert, Valeo, DiCroce and finally Seybert again, who provided the assists. At that point Lafayette had won 14 consecutive games.

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DiCroce finds a spot between the legs of the American goalie

The championship game was played in a cold and windy environment and both American and Lafayette battled in one of the best games of the season. A  corner with no time left on the clock successfully converted by American, at the end of the first period gave the Eagles the first lead of the game. Lafayette had led in corners 4-2 but it was American who was to open the second half with a 1-0 lead. However, 16 minutes into the second half DiCroce found a spot between American’s goalie’s legs to knot the score at 1-1. The Lafayette defense tightened and held American to no shots as the game went to overtime.

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Emily Valeo flies into the Colgate circle

Early in the overtime American’s Rebecca Treharne had a reverse stick shot from just inside the circle, but Lafayette goalkeeper Deutsch kicked it away ending the threat. She came out two more times thwarting American scoring attempts. With a minute left to play and the thermometer dropping by the second, Lafayette senior Emily Valeo was cut down by an American field player as she was taking a shot setting up the penalty stroke. After a conference at the sideline it was decided that DiCroce would take the shot and the rest is history. Ironically it was her first score on a penalty stroke that season!! The stands emptied and bedlam ensued.

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DiCroce receives the long pass against Ball State

The point is this was a team effort, not magic. There were strong efforts during the season and everyone contributed .There was a great game against Bucknell where the Leopard’s 2-0 win, and goals by Valeo and Seybert set up a regular season championship and home field advantage. Games against JMU, Albany and Drexel established their credentials and even their one goal loss to Penn State after a 500 mile bus trip to Penn State after the overtime JMU win, set a tone for grit this team was to develop. There many others that contributed and I would run out of time and space in adulation.

The pictures tell it all. The eventual losses to national champion Princeton and past national champion Maryland 2-0 didn’t diminish what this team accomplished.

Coming up next will be this year’s senior leaders and their list of requirements and goals to make THIS season “magical.”

 

 

 

Coach Stone To Help With US Team In June

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Coach Stone encouraging  Haley Keenan during NCAA tournament game against Maryland

The US national and olympic team will be quite busy this summer and Coach Jennifer Stone along with Jeremy Cook, Head Coach for  the Bucknell field hockey team and Joppe de Fries, Assistant Coach for the University Maryland will be keeping those members who remain at home sharp and ready to play. The eighteen member US team is traveling to England next week to play in the Champion’s Trophy tournament. However, those who were not chosen will remain behind at the national training center at Spooky Nook,Pa ready to be a substitute in case one of the eighteen will not be able to travel to the Olympics later this summer.

Coach Stone has already been busy at the national championship games at the “Nook.” It has become an event not only for coaches to serve but also observe the up and coming young talent in one place. Recruiting is a year round process for coaches and being able to see great talent is an advantage. Although her class of eight for fall entry is complete, she already has four commitments for 2017 entry!

She also has two camps in July which will be attended by her new first year players and many prospects for the future. Many of the current Lafayette players will work the camp. The team will also be busy keeping in shape with captain’s practices as well.

The full team will report for preseason on Aug 11.

 

 

Why Competitive Athletics Belongs In Higher Education

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of competitive athletics. But I think I have never explained why I think it should be part of the educational process. We all know how it has been abused by some universities. The recent scandals at UNC where high profile athletes were allowed to take basically no show courses, and remain eligible, is only one example. The influence of professionalism in many of the sports that generate huge sums of money for the “revenue” sports of football and basketball has caused distortions in the good that competitive athletics can do.

I am a big fan of the Patriot League, who has managed to keep everything in perspective. Looking at our own athletes, who graduate with degrees in economics, chemistry, and engineering along with a plethora of other legitimate rigorous offerings, is a source of pride for many alumni. I do get annoyed from time to time with a minority of those in the academe who berate and diminish the contributions of our athletes and the rigor and discipline they demonstrate during their four years.

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I was amused during the period when Lafayette was considering joining the rest of league in offering athletic scholarships. Members of the joint committee that studied the issue were astonished ,that all things being equal, athletes received higher starting salaries than other graduates at the end of four years. I must say when I was hiring, I was much more impressed with the athlete’s 3.5 GPA than a person who spent four year planted at a desk in the library to get the same 3.5.

Athletes at Lafayette have over a 90 percent graduation rate, their GPA average is higher than the general student population , and they perform on the field. But there is even a better reason for its inclusion in the education process. It is an anchor to the real world. There is always a score that you can’t walk away from. I look at the academe today and there seems to be a sort of an Orwellian shift. Students are demanding a fundamental rethink of their education.

There is a demand by English majors at Yale to abolish classes that feature white male poets. So Chauser, Spencer, Shakespere,Milton, Pope and T.S. Eliot would be purged. At many colleges and universities some students feel they don’t like to have  to spend time with people that are not like them. Demands for segregated “safe” places are popping up all over the country. At Oberlin College, Asian students complained the General Tso’s chicken was not up to real asian standards. This is the same college where students believe no one should get less than a “C.”

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At Johns Hopkins, administrators do not count first semester freshman grades. Low and behold, it discouraged new students from studying as hard as they should….duh. It  is now being phased out.

The athletic field is different. No one really cares about your background, just what you bring to the game. If you don’t do well in your studies you can’t play…. period and you have let down your teammates. Athletes have accepted a harder path and they get more out of it in the end. It is for that reason, I am proud to support our Lafayette College field hockey team…..because they earn it. The members of the team were chosen  because they are the type that have the potential to succeed.  Those new recruits who arrive this fall begin a journey filled with obstacles, but that’s just the point……isn’t it??