Tonight all four teams met up to attend a banquet hosted by the NCAA and William Smith College for dinner. We put away our field hockey skirts for the night and cleaned up well in our dresses. Dinner consisted of salads and pastas and a delicious carrot cake for dessert. The NCAA Committee put together a slideshow presentation of pictures and highlights from each of the teams' seasons and then we listened as committee members and staff from the college and NCAA provided us with inspirational speeches. The best part of the night was watching our captain, Kelsi McDougle take the podium to present a speech recapping our journey this season leading up to this weekend. Thank you Kelsi for representing our team and our school so eloquently and memorably.
Thank you to the NCAA committee for putting together such a great night. With all the excitement around tomorrow it will be hard to fall sleep tonight. With a bunch of great practices under our belt this week, we are ready take on Messiah tomorrow. It's a great day to be a Beaver!
Last Day of Preparation
Our morning started at 8am when we woke up and ventured downstairs to join each other for breakfast. At 9:15 we boarded the bus and left the hotel for William Smith College. Upon arrival we faced some directional issues but soon enough found our way down to the field house where we were met my a large group of 6th graders part of the Special Olympics partnership program with the NCAA. If we weren't excited enough for this weekend, these girls sure added to the experience. None of them had ever held a field hockey stick before. Being able to teach them the fundamentals skills brought many of us back to the time that that was us in their shoes at that age. Fast forward to today, as we stand before two more games that could earn our team and our school a national championship. It's a humbling experience.
After the clinic we headed into the squash courts for one last "Fun Friday". There are three components that make up Fun Friday: #1 they are on Friday. #2 every drill is competition driven. #3 we start out the practice with a fun, but competitive game. Over the season these games have ranged from Mini Golf (with field hockey sticks), KanJam, Sockey (Field Hockey and Soccer hybrid), Dodgeball, Capture the Flag, Kickball and more. So how were we going to outdo all of these Fun Fridays one last time? Well, Julie, KK and Lindsey certainly saved the best for last. Our coaches collected our water bottles and led us into the squash courts which they had converted into bowling alleys. Our water bottles were the pins and the field hockey balls became our bowling balls. The Seniors and Juniors were divided onto one court and the Freshman and Sophomores were divided onto the other. After some intense rounds, the final teams from each bracket came down to a faceoff between Brooke and Deirdre (former professional bowler) verses Jess and Julie M. for the finals. The competition was fierce. Jess pulled out an impressive performance that was capitalized on by Jules as she knocked down one last pin to break the tie and secure the win.
The excitement continued out on to the field for our last practice. We were given only one hour of practice time by the NCAA to make those final adjustments before the biggest day of the year tomorrow. A ladybug landing on Tori, trains passing by (our team metaphor for progressing forward throughout the season) and beaver stuffed animals appearing have not been coincidences. These are signs from the universe that this is our weekend. We couldn't be more excited going into tomorrow to give it our all. All 93 days of hard work has prepared us for our game verses Messiah. Were ready and were going to go get it. Let's go Beavers! #babsonfinal4
Dinner at Uncle Joe'sNovember 18, 2016
At 6:00pm we left the hotel and set off to Uncle Joe's restaurant up the road in Geneva, NY. Upon entering, we headed straight to the back dining room where we were greeted by our biggest fans, our family. Together we shared an Italian meal, feasting on garlic bread, salads, pizzas and pastas over lots of laughs and stories. After our big dinner we headed back to the hotel after a very long day, full and ready for a good nights rest before our first practice at the William Smith's field tomorrow. Looking forward to another great practice tomorrow. Good night Beavers!
View of the sun setting over the lake from our hotel this evening:
Road to Geneva… "All Aboard"
At 7:30am this morning we loaded up the bus for the weekend and took off towards Boston College for one of our last practices this season.
We would like to give a big thank you to Boston College for providing us the opportunity to use their facilities to train. Playing on the astro turf surface has been pivotal in adapting our skills and speed so that we are fully prepared to play on this type of surface this weekend. We focused on working hard through every drill, just like we tried to keep ourselves accountable for doing throughout the season. For us seniors, these last few practices will hold a special place in our hearts, because it is just that –our last. This weekend is our last opportunity to prove to our nation what kind of a team Babson Field Hockey is. Every practice, drill, skill session, run and activity our coaches Julie, KK, and Lindsey have organized and coached us through as prepared us for successful ending to this 2016 season.
After another productive practice we boarded the bus and headed for our final destination, Geneva. Our assistant coach, KK brought out the bag of breakfast sandwiches and they were enjoyed over a series of chick-flicks (apologies to our athletic trainer, Richard Burr) consisting of "Tammy" and "She's the Man". Then, about halfway through the trip we made a quick stop to stretch our legs and pick up a few beavers friends along the way.
Somehow we were still hungry despite the abundance of snack food on the bus, (thank you to our coaches for keeping us extremely well fed) and we munched on sandwiches from the notorious The Linden Store. Finally, we ended the movie marathon with the inspirational classic "Remember the Titans". At 5pm we arrived at the hotel and got settled in. The surprises seemed endless when we opened the door to a box of chocolate covered fruit sent to us from Dean Ward! Yum.
Lastly, we met in the lobby an hour later to depart for dinner, but most importantly, to meet with our parents and extended beaver family. Historically, this team has seen a good amount of victories away in new places. I can only imagine how exciting Saturday will be when we get there.
Wednesday Night Under the Lights
After a rewarding lift session with our conditioning coaches, we hopped in the vans and traveled up the street to Boston College to practice on their astro turf in preparation for Saturday's Semifinal game against Messiah College in Geneva, NY. Our amazing coaches Julie, KK and Lindsey took us through am invigorating, productive practice that got us moving, fired up and prepared for what lies ahead of us this weekend. In just a matter of two days each player has worked hard at honing their skills to this faster pace surface we will play on on Saturday, and it shows! The Beavers are faster than ever. We're ready for one more practice in Massachusetts tomorrow and then our road trip to NY! Go Babo!
Fit and Fab
Before heading off to practice at Boston College this afternoon, we had our last lift of the season with our strength and conditioning coaches Joel, Gorman and Stewie. Everyone worked hard to get those last reps in to put us past our competition. Between the good tunes, hard work and determination of every player and the inspirational words from our coaches; every member of this team created an excitement that lit up the entire room. This contagious desire motivated us through an excellent practice following. It's a great to be a Beaver!