Field Hockey Season Blog

Holy Cross Athletics   11-14-2013
Holy Cross Athletics

Freshmen Maya Langman and Megan Miranda conclude this season's blog.

End of Season Wrap-Up (Megan and Maya)

Now that the season has come and gone, we have finally reached the end of our field hockey journey in 2013. After our much deserved day off on Sunday, we met up again on Monday for a wrap up and team meeting to talk out the season and say our final goodbye to the locker room and to our seniors. It was a rather bittersweet moment cleaning out the locker room because it seems like the season flew by so quickly and yet we have come so far. After the long process of taking down all the posters and cleaning out our baskets the locker room looked sad and empty as we closed the door for the last time until we open it again next season. 

Although we won't have access to our little locker room home during the off-season, it won't be all fun and games until then. The coaches have been gracious and given us this whole week off for a break to focus on our schoolwork. Don't worry though, because we start lifting again next week and then it is back to the grind as we start building up again for next season. We even have a run test planned for Nov. 18 to make sure we are staying on top of our workouts and to stand as a baseline for when we come back after winter break.  

This season we have come a long way and are definitely happy with the improvements we have seen. It seems like just yesterday that we were running up to the turf with Eric Kapitulik hot on our heels to put us through one of the hardest, yet most rewarding, team building days of our lives. From there, we helped each other through the ups and downs of our season, and just got closer and closer as a team. Also, it was nice to see that all our hard work didn't go unnoticed. One of our seniors, Carly Grimaudo, was awarded with first team All-Patriot League honors and sophomore Michelle McNeil received Academic All-Patriot League team accolades as well! Even though we have shown improvement through the season we are excited to get down to work so that next season we keep building and just get better and better!

Until next season! 


Sophomores Sarah Bower and Haley Makuch discuss the final week of the season.

Monday, October 28, 2013 (Sarah)

After our well-deserved day off following our victory against Lehigh, we hit the pitch ready to prepare for our last game of the season. We had an intense practice, focusing on the skill sets needed to compete with Colgate, such as individual defense and our outletting and pressing. In order to keep the team mentally focused for Colgate, coach Tucker gave us practice off on Tuesday to catch up on homework and get in some conditioning to keep our fitness levels strong for Saturday. 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 (Haley)

This morning, Shep greeted us bright and early in the weight room for 7:45 a.m. lift. We had an efficient and intense lift before running off to our morning classes. Although we didn't have practice, we were given a conditioning workout to keep our fitness levels up, preparing us for our last game of the season against Colgate. The rest of the day was used to catch up on homework and hopefully (although not likely) to get ahead in our classes. 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 (Sarah)

As the season begins to wind down to an end, we bundled in our warmest clothes before heading out to another intense practice. Today we focused on specific play executions such as long hits and corners. Although we were anxious to compete on Saturday, we still had a couple of days to prepare for Colgate. 

Thursday, October 31, 2013 (Haley)

Happy Halloween!! Today was the day we had all been waiting for, our Halloween practice where we all put in a tremendous effort into our outfits, ranging from the cast of Grey's Anatomy, to leopards, superheroes and Where's Waldo. Even though we were all dressed up in crazy costumes, practice was successful with intense drills and some competition play at the end. The coaches even set up a shooting drill where we tried to hit buckets of candy inside the goal, helping us work on our accuracy and giving us a sugar high that would help us finish out practice strong.

Friday, November 1, 2013 (Sarah)

Today is our last practice of the season, and for seniors, their last practice ever with Holy Cross field hockey. We worked hard throughout practice, perfecting our skills that would prepare us for Colgate. After our practice, the underclassmen got to work for tomorrow's Senior Day. We decorated the locker room with streamers, balloons and posters, making sure that everything was perfect for the big day tomorrow. 

Saturday, November 2, 2013 (Haley)

GAME DAY! We woke up early for a nutritious breakfast at Kimball, where the excitement and eagerness for the game began. After breakfast we headed into the locker room where the seniors would see all decorations and posters made to honor them. To the tune of "We Can't Stop" by Miley Cyrus, sophomores Katy Cronin, Kaitlyn Murray and Michelle McNeil sang a song to the six seniors, acknowledging all the hard work they've put into this program. At the start of the game, the players and coaches cheered loudly as the announcer introduced all of the seniors, who would all be starting the game. Although we didn't come away with the win, everyone put in an incredible amount of effort and determination for the whole 70 minutes. After the game, we celebrated Senior Day at the tailgate where collages were presented to the seniors and their families. 

Sunday, November 3, 2014 (Sarah)

After a tough loss, we had the day to reflect upon the season and all of the positives it comprised. Although we will miss our seniors, we would like to thank them for all of the hard work and dedication they have put into this program throughout their four years and we wish them luck in all their future endeavors! 

Sophomores Kaitlyn Murray and Katy Cronin discuss the ninth week of the season.

 Monday, October 21, 2013 (Kaitlyn)

After a much-needed rest on Sunday, we came back to practice on Monday, the 19th birthday of our little freshman Gabriella Smith, with high energy and the intentions of refocusing ourselves to prepare for our game against regional opponent Brown on Wednesday. Before practice started, we had a video session with the coaches to review some of the stronger games we've had this season, to show us how good we could be. When we went out to the pitch for practice, Coach Tucker told us the scouting report on Brown and communicated to us the important things we needed to work on to be successful in the match. With three regular season games left we were very focused on finishing out our season as strong as we could. 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 (Katy)

Unfortunately because of our impending challenge with Brown tomorrow, we had to miss our usual lifting date with good ole Shep. At practice we worked hard on game specific drills to prepare ourselves for the match-up. We focused on execution not only in all aspects of our game, but specifically on corners. We had a short but effective practice as we mentally and physically prepared ourselves for Brown.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 (Kaitlyn)

It was a big game day for us! After most of us attended morning classes, we boarded the bus at 1:00 p.m. to make the 45 minute trek down to Providence, R.I. and onto Brown's brand new astro-turf field. Gabby got a fantastic belated birthday present as she scored her first collegiate goal! Although we played hard and put the pressure on the Brown Bears we unfortunately left the field empty-handed with a 3-1 loss. 

Thursday, October 24, 2013 (Katy)

The morning lift group hit the gym to see Shep's bright, smiling face greet us early at 7:45 a.m. Today was senior captain Kelly Burke's 22nd birthday, and let me tell you, she was feeling 22. We headed out to practice at the usual time of 3:30 p.m., freezing, yet very determined, to pick ourselves up after the loss yesterday, and prepare to take on a Patriot League rival, Lehigh on Saturday. After a short and high intensity practice, we made our way up to the Bud Ryan room to review game footage from Brown to pick out some points of improvement for the weekend. 

Friday, October 25, 2013 (Kaitlyn)

With a huge game just one day away, the success of Friday's practice was imperative to our performance tomorrow. Another chilly afternoon on the hill had us all dawned in our cold gear, purple long sleeves and classy black wind pants. But we didn't let the cold slow us down, and we had a very productive practice working on set plays and corners to secure our success for tomorrow's game. 

Saturday, October 26, 2013 (Katy)

HUGE GAME TODAY! We woke up early for an always-delicious Kimball breakfast filled with pumpkin pancakes, cranberry muffins and omelets. Then we headed up to the Hart Center to start our pre-game preparations. We cranked up the music in the locker room, DeG (Katie DeGennaro) stretched her braiding fingers and the work began. Two hours and about 15 braided heads later we confidently marched to the field to take on Lehigh. We won the game by a huge margin of 4-1, with the generous help of Michelle McNeil's two beautiful goals and the perfect execution of the team as a whole. We had a giant crowd, which included a visit from our adorable littles from Big Brothers, Big Sisters! It felt fantastic to take the lead, hold it and win a league game for our fans and us!  

Sunday, October 27, 2013 (Kaitlyn)

Still on our victory high, we used our much-deserved day off today to catch up on our schoolwork, or sleep for lucky ones, and rest our bodies for the final six days of the 2013 season. We will come out rejoiced and ready to take on our final game next week with all the intensity and more that we had yesterday. 

Junior Colby Lohrey and sophomore Michelle McNeil discuss the eighth week of the season.

Monday, October 14, 2013 (Colby)

Holy Cross field hockey traveled to the University of Vermont. We boarded the bus at 11:00 a.m. and traveled the four hours to defeat the Vermont Catamounts. When we arrived we had a quick and efficient practice at the field to go over our game plan for the next day. After practice we drove to the hotel to shower and get ready for our dinner out at the American Flatbread. After a delicious dinner we all went back to the hotel and met before we went to bed. During our meeting we discussed our goals for the game and what we all needed to bring to ensure our victory. Once our meeting was over we all then went to bed early to get a good night rest for the big day to come.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 (Michelle)

Game day! We all woke up and met in the hotel lobby for a team nature walk at 9:00 a.m. During our walk our team separated into positional groups of forwards, midfield and defense. Each group came up with two points they wanted to execute during the game. After our half hour walk we ate a tasty breakfast. Once breakfast was over we had an hour to do what was necessary to prepare for our departure at 11:30 a.m. The second we arrived at the field everyone was focused and determined to accomplish our goal of defeating the Catamounts. Our main focus points were to have a loud and energetic warm-up, implement two-touch hockey as well as maintain composure during pressure situations. During the entire 70 minutes, we did what we had planned and came up with the win over the Catamounts in a 2-1 victory. After an exciting victory, we went to Ben and Jerry's before our long bus ride back to Holy Cross. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 (Colby)

Today was a big day back for the Crusaders. We had a well-deserved morning off to sleep in until our team, along with the men's soccer team, met with John Foley at 12:30 p.m. After our second inspirational speech from "Gucci" himself, we went off to practice. During practice we worked on fundamentals, corners and shooting. Since we had just played a game the day before, we had a short yet efficient and focused practice. After practice, the entire team loaded into two Holy Cross vans and made our way to Katy Cronin's house in Franklin, Mass. We entered into a house full of fabulous food, where words don't even begin to describe how wonderful it all was. The Cronin's were great hosts and even endured hours of karaoke. Finally at 9:00 p.m. we loaded back into the vans to make our way back to campus. It was a great and fun filled day for the team after a huge win the day before. 

Thursday, October 17, 2013 (Michelle)

Today was an important practice day before our trip to our fourth league game against Lafayette. We began our day with lift at 11:00 a.m. with none other than Shep himself. We powered through our lift and then made our way out to practice. Since our game was in two days, we had an intense practice to cover all the aspects we needed to work on before game day. To get the team pumped up we included some competition play. We covered shooting, individual defense and scrimmaged at the end. After three hours, we felt confident in our ability to go after Lafayette. Then once we had all showered we left for Big Brother Big Sister at Great Brook Valley. We had a great time with our little sisters helping them with homework and playing with them outside. However, we added to our travel filled week an hour-long trip home due to traffic. Then, because we had not eaten since before lift we all chowed down on dinner quickly once we reached campus, and had an early night to rest up before our third bus trip down to Pennsylvania. 

Friday, October 18, 2013 (Colby)

Today's our last long bus trip of the regular season. At 10:00 a.m. we departed from the hill and began the long journey down to Easton, Pa. During the four and a half hour bus trip, many people slept, watched Grey's Anatomy or did some work to prepare for the return of classes. Once we arrived we practiced one final time to run through corners, shooting and individual defense. Once we felt confident in our game plan and skills, we left the field and made our way to the hotel. After quick showers, we were all ready to go out to eat at Olive Garden. After filling our bellies with scrumptious and nutritious food, we went back to the hotel and went to bed. 

Saturday, October 19, 2013 (Michelle)

Game day! We began our day like most game days, with a nature walk, which took place at 8:30 a.m. After a quick 10 minutes of taking in the lovely sights of Pennsylvania, we went in for a filling and nutritious breakfast. By 10:00 a.m. we loaded the bus for the 20 minute ride to the field. Once we arrived, we all went to the locker room to get dressed, taped and put our game faces on. By 11:00 a.m. we were on the field warming up for our 12:00 p.m. game time. Unfortunately after a hard fought 70 minutes of field hockey, Lafayette took the win of 4-0. Although we lost, the team put in a valiant effort and fought to the end. After the game our parents prepared a small tailgate prior to our four and a half hour bus trip back to the hill. Then after we ate yet again more delicious food, we loaded back onto the bus and made our way back to campus, where we arrived back at 7:00 p.m. 

Sunday, October 20, 2013 (Colby)

It's our second day off and last day of fall break. Since we did not have field hockey, the team spent the day catching up on homework, resting our legs and treating our bumps and bruises we've acquired throughout the past games.

Freshman Kat Nutting and Lauren Sutherland discuss the seventh week of the season.

Monday, October 7, 2013 (Lauren)

Today we had a nice day off after a long week of games with a big win against Bryant and two tough losses against Boston University and Cornell. We took this opportunity to catch up on some homework during this busy midterm week and to go to Big Brother Big Sister, where some of the freshmen were able to meet their "Littles" for the very first time!  

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 (Kat)

Returning to practice "we got the junk out of our legs" as Coach Tucker likes to say, with a little conditioner to start off practice. It was important for us to keep up the intensity as we enter into our third conference game and a week with three games on the road. The whole team was excited to get back into the swing of practice and lift after a long week of games! During practice today we also worked on some midfield transfers and individual defense, which were two areas that needed improvement after last week. 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 (Lauren)

Today we ramped up the intensity at practice and worked on our pressing and outletting to prepare for Bucknell and Vermont. These two games are key opportunities for us this season and it is important that we are ready to compete! Our coaches kept the practice environment competitive to make certain that necessary changes were made before more conference play. We worked in two different stations at the beginning of practice, one being baseline defense and the other being shooting. At the end of practice we scrimmaged, part of the scrimmage involved punishment push-ups, every time we made a poor decision over the ball. This encouraged us to be disciplined and make smarter decisions.

Thursday, October 10, 2013 (Kat)

This was our last practice at home before we had a long bus ride to face Bucknell. We made some last minute adjustments at our home field in preparation for our game. During a successful and intense practice we had our first competition day. The coaches split us up into two teams and we played a 3vs2 continuous drill, keeping score between the two teams. This allowed us to play competitive hockey while also having a bit of fun. Our team takes these competitions very seriously and everyone plays to win.  

Friday, October 11, 2013 (Lauren)

Today everyone was relieved to finish up the last of their midterms! The bus departed from the Hart Center at 12:00 p.m. for Bucknell. Everyone settled in and prepared for a long ride to Lewisburg, Pa. We arrived at Bucknell around 6:00 p.m. and headed straight to the field for a quick knock-about! The practice consisted of some passing, competitive play and corners to get our legs going after a long ride. We headed back to the hotel and settled in to prepare for the game on Saturday.  

Saturday, October 12, 2013 (Kat)

Game day! Today we woke up at 8:30 a.m. for a walk and a little breakfast in the hotel lobby.  We headed to the field and began our pre-game preparation about an hour before our game at 11:00 a.m. We wanted to make sure our warm up was intense in hopes that it would transfer over to the game. Unfortunately the game did not go as we hoped, we struggled to generate offense and had a hard time keeping them out of our defensive 25 area. We were disappointed with our loss but we knew with two more games this break that we had to put the game behind us and focus on preparing for Vermont. After meeting with the coaches and visiting our parents we packed up and headed back on the bus to Holy Cross.  

Sunday, October 13, 2013 (Lauren)

Today we had the day off, many of the players took the opportunity to spend some time at home for the first time in a while. It was important for us to rest and prepare for another game on the road. The coaches sent out the film from the Bucknell game to watch individually and observe not only our own play but the team as a whole. Overall, we put in a lot of hard work this week, but we did not execute. The team recognizes that it is important for us moving forward to capitalize on all of our opportunities with only a few games left in the regular season.  

Seniors Jess Dodakian and Lindsay MacPhail discuss the sixth week of the season.

Monday, September 30, 2013 (Jess)

After a tough loss yesterday, the team was ready to get back at it in preparation for a big game against Bryant on Tuesday. We had a great pre-game practice, focusing on specific aspects of our game including shooting and corners, that we needed to improve to capitalize on in tomorrow's game.  After practice, we all felt ready to shake off yesterday and come out strong and united to get the win.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 (Jess)

Today's a big game day for us, playing Bryant, a team who we have battled with for the past three years. Last year, we had a heartbreaking loss in overtime against Bryant, so needless to say we are ready to go out and do whatever it takes to get the victory. The game is at 7:00 p.m., so we have a team meal at 4:00 p.m. so we are ready to go out to the field to start our warm up at 5:30 p.m. After having one of the best warm-ups we have had all year, I knew we were ready to go. Both teams came out ready to play, and it was a 0-0 game until late into the second half, when Bryant scored. However, we were not ready to give up yet, and just two minutes later, sophomore Katy Cronin put one in the net. As the end of regulation play ended, the game went into overtime again, but this year would not end like last year. Seven minutes into overtime, senior captain Carly Grimaudo scored the game-winning goal leaving a final score of Holy Cross 2, Bryant 1. 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 (Jess)

Today we had a well deserved day off after yesterday's overtime victory against Bryant. We also got to visit our "little sisters" from the Big Brother Big Sister Program, which brightened everyone's day! After returning from playing games and helping our sisters with their work, many of us caught up on our school work in preparation for the upcoming busy weekend.

Thursday, October 3, 2013 (Jess)

We are back to practice today, because we have a big game tomorrow against Boston University, the newest edition to the Patriot League. Today at practice we worked on some small game plays, such as long hit defense and 2 vs. 1 and 5 vs. 4 situations. It was a very productive practice, and we were all excited to come out strong tomorrow against Boston University, because we know it is a great opportunity for us to get one step closer to Patriot League weekend. 

Friday, October 4, 2013 (Lindsay)

Game day and Friday night lights! This is our second Patriot League game and we are ready to go after it! Although we didn't win, we gave BU a run for their money. Despite the loss, we definitely felt proud of the performance we put in and the effort that was there. We can take this and use the momentum to go after Cornell on Sunday. 

Saturday, October 5, 2013 (Lindsay)

A tough loss, but we put up one heck of a fight! Now to move on and prepare for Cornell and our Think Pink game for Breast Cancer Awareness month. We held practice at 8:30 a.m. in the morning. An earlier start and quick turnaround from last night, but we have a tailgate for alums at the football game we have to get to by 11:00 a.m. At practice, we played the four-goal game, did some shooting, went over offensive and defensive corners and finished with a shootout. After a solid hour and a half of preparation, we called it a day and wrapped up. The rest of the day was spent resting up for Sunday and studying…woohoo! 

Sunday, October 6, 2013 (Lindsay)

Game Day! We held team meal at 10:00 a.m., enjoying a nice Kimball breakfast before heading up to the field for a knockabout and to go over the game plan. Today's game is sponsored in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month. For the game we are wearing pink socks and pink gear will be sold to support the cause. This was another great game. We went down 2-0 in the first half but came out strong in the second, responding with three goals. Despite the fight, we lost 4-3 in overtime, a heartbreaker. Although we didn't come out with the result we wanted, today's game showed a lot of character and is something we can build off of for next week. 

Freshmen Rae Caliento and Catherine Noone discuss the fifth week of the season.

Monday, September 23, 2013 (Catherine)

After arriving back to campus very late Sunday night, we got up early for classes. We had a day off to catch up on rest and homework. Later on Monday afternoon, the team headed to Big Brother Big Sister for the first time where we got to meet some of the kids and play with them for an hour. For us freshmen we were not matched with our Littles yet, so we got to meet all of the kids, awaiting our matches in the coming weeks.

Tuesday, September 24 , 2013 (Rae)

On Tuesday we started the day off as usual with lift. We worked hard in the varsity gym alongside our teammates. Our lift coach, Shep, motivated us and made sure we had proper form while we did our front squats. At 3:30 p.m. we began practice with conditioning. Directed by Maryette, we sprinted and back peddled up and down the field. We wanted to rebound from our losses in D.C. and prepare ourselves for our upcoming game on Thursday. Throughout practice we focused especially on our individual defense.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 (Catherine)

On Wednesday we had our usual practice from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. where we focused on our preparation for our Quinnipiac game. We began practice with working on our fundamental skills, important skills to maintain for every team we play against. We then focused on adjusting our outletting and pressing to have success against Quinnipiac. We worked on our corners, and left practice looking to work hard and play strong tomorrow.

Thursday, September 26, 2013 (Rae)

Before leaving for Quinnipiac the other freshmen and I went down to Kimball to get the box lunches for the team. We loaded the bus with excitement, and we were on the road at 12:00 p.m.! On our trip to Connecticut we mentally prepared ourselves for the game against the Quinnipiac Bobcats. Although we fell to Quinnipiac 5-1, we played great hockey during the second half! We came out with energy and our communication helped us elevate our game.

Friday, September 27, 2013 (Catherine)

After a tough loss against Quinnipiac, we had the day off Friday to rest our legs before our game against Dartmouth on Sunday. We used the off day to complete homework for the weekend, rest, and mentally prepare for our practice Saturday, as preparation is just as important as the game itself, and our game Sunday. We spent time with our teammates off the field and focused on getting ourselves ready for Sunday versus the Dartmouth Big Green. 

Saturday, September 28, 2013 (Rae)

Today we started off our Saturday morning watching films at 9:30 a.m. before practice. Our practice started at 10:00 a.m., and we came out ready to practice and determined to increase our intensity and work rate in order to prepare for the next game against Dartmouth. We worked on our press, out letting and shooting drills. Our main focus this practice was our defensive 25 play. We left practice ready to come out strong against Dartmouth. 

Sunday, September 29, 2013 (Catherine)

We woke up early and ready to play Sunday morning. We had a team meal in Kimball at 11:00 a.m., where we ate together and got ourselves ready for the game in a few hours. We then went up to our locker room to get ready to meet in the Bud Ryan room, where we meet before home games discussing our game plan for each game. Taking the field at 1:00 p.m., we worked hard in warm-ups to look to come out strong in the first half. The game began and we started off strong in the first half playing good two-touch hockey and working on what we prepared for in practice. Molly Feit scored a great goal diving for the ball to give us a tally. We suffered a tough loss letting a few more goals in, in the second half. We look to rebound from this loss by working hard this week and taking on Bryant on Tuesday!

Seniors Katie DeGennaro and Jillian Caffrey discuss the fourth week of the season.

Monday, September 16, 2013 (Katie)

After a win against Sacred Heart on Sunday on our home pitch and a trip to the emergency room to stitch up Jillian after a post-win celebration huddle mishap, we enjoyed a relaxing day off! Jillian spent most of the morning icing her freshly blackened eye while the rest of the girls got cozy in the library cubicles. Later that day we met our Big Brother Big Sister coordinator Junior Belisea for a little review session where we introduced our freshman to the BBBS program and the importance of building a bond with your little. Back at the library that evening, classmate and friend of the team Jeff Reppucci lent a helping hand editing resumes for our senior team members. #dowork

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 (Katie)

Like every other Tuesday and Thursday, this morning we woke up ready to get big. Our lift coach Shepard is an absolute gem. Today in our warm-up, a time we spend rolling out our tired muscles and catching up on gossip with Shep, we discovered something miraculous. Shepard Allen was a reality T.V. star! He appeared on the Discovery Kids show Endurance back in 2003! Naturally we were all starstruck! Can you believe we have a celebrity on our hands ladies and gentlemen?! Later that day at practice we spent time getting ready for the approaching weekend! #gamefaces 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 (Jill)

With only two practices left before our departure to D.C. it was time to mentally and physically focus. Our word of the week is "prepare," and today, we hustled hard to tidy up our defense and make strong contact over the ball. In order to win this weekend we have to play as a team. And today's practice we left feeling one step closer to being game ready. #preparation 

Thursday, September 19, 2013 (Jill)

Back in action in the Varsity Gym with our celebrity coach Shep, we loosened up for the long day of traveling headed our way Friday morning. Out on the field we wrapped up all that we worked on during the week in a scrimmage. Scrimmaging allows us to apply our set play situations against each other competitively. That evening in the locker room we packed for the weekend ahead and headed to the library to print off all the readings we plan on attempting to read. #1day

Friday, September 20, 2013 (Katie)

Friday is finally here and we all boarded our trusty silver fox bus for Boston Logan airport at around 9:45 a.m. Our flight was scheduled to leave at 12:30 p.m., however its not a true road trip if there aren't any delays! Our plane was delayed about an hour and by the time we landed in D.C there wasn't anytime for us to practice on the American field; a field many of us are familiar with. Instead, we headed to our hotel at the University of Maryland and went on a run around the Maryland grounds to loosen up our airplane cramped legs. After getting comfortable in our newfound rooms for the weekend we headed to dinner and caught the end of the Maryland vs. Wake Forest field hockey game at the Maryland Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex (the field we will later play Georgetown on). #gameday

Saturday, September 21, 2013 (Jill)

The day has finally come! Our Patriot League season opener is here! After a delicious breakfast at the hotel and a pregame talk at the hotel it was time to head to American University. The game was physically and mentally tough. We worked hard to outlet the ball from the back and maintained high pressure on the notoriously successful AU defenders. At the half the score was 1-0 AU, however after some unlucky calls and strong corner play by AU we fell to American 4-0. After tailgating with our parents who journeyed to D.C. for our Patriot League opener, we headed into the city for some much needed sightseeing. Upon departure from American, the sky opened up and it poured the rest of the evening but the rain did not stop us from having a good time! In an attempt to shield our already soaked bodies we bargained for ponchos. With our official tourist garb, we attacked the city by storm (no pun intended) and hit every national monument covering about 7 miles worth of ground! #nodaysoff After walking up quite the appetite we enjoyed a delicious Italian dinner at one of our team favorites "Vapiano's!" unfortunately for Katie DeGennaro, they did not have gluten free pasta. #allergyanxiety

Sunday, September 22, 2013 (Katie)

Today's a new day! Time to take on Georgetown. Before heading to the Maryland facility, we packed up and checked out of the Marriott hotel. With our rental vans stuffed to the brim and our bellies filled with continental breakfast goodness, we headed over to the campus to catch the tail end of the Maryland vs. Michigan field hockey game. Maryland is an exceptional Division I field hockey program so it was great to be students of the game before our own game. The game against Georgetown began at 4:00 p.m. sharp! We started off the game with great energy netting the ball first before Georgetown even gained possession. Our intensity remained high even after the score settled at 1-1. Unfortunately for us, one of our goals was called back (a call none of us seem to understand) and Georgetown came from behind with a 2-1 victory. The two losses were hard to swallow but after a much needed team meeting and a pick me up from our Head Coach Zowie Tucker, it was back to the airport to return home for a new week! #backonthegrind

Juniors Molly Feit and Kat Matchett discuss the third week of the season.

Monday, September 9, 2013 (Kat)

With Sunday off, we came back to the field ready to work. With the focus on defensive penalty corners and numbers down situations, our team challenged each other towards getting better. With two huge games this week we could not sacrifice one moment of practice therefore, we treated each drill as an opportunity for improvement. Specifically, our corner plays looked much better and as the week goes on we look to make them even stronger by becoming louder and more intense. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 (Molly)

Three days away from Harvard, we continued to focus on our fundamental skills and more game-specific situations. We played out long hits and incorporated a short sprint conditioner into the drill. Today was a higher-intensity practice to give our legs enough time to rest before the weekend. The drills that we focused on today will definitely help out when we apply them in real-game situations.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 (Kat)

Today was exceptionally hot outside, but our team kept the focus. It could have been easy to make excuses and lose our momentum, but with Harvard on Friday we had to keep up our intensity despite the elements. We started with some shooting drills that focused on mid-level shots and end-line play. From there we worked on attack corners and ended with a scrimmage. With a game coming up we needed to make sure we could work well under pressure. Practice ended on a good note and everyone left feeling confident about the upcoming weekend. 

Thursday, September 12, 2013 (Molly)

One day til' Harvard! Today we had our pre-game practice. We adjusted to situations that we will encounter tomorrow. We practiced our press and outletting so that we will be able to effectively pressure Harvard's 16 yd. hits and are able to attack on our own hits. We moved through practice efficiently and stayed focused on tomorrow's game. Corners were a major part of practice today—both attack corners and defensive corners. Today was about executing the details of our game to be prepared for this weekend.

Friday, September 13, 2013 (Kat)

Game day! Harvard is always a team that challenges us. Every year we battle it out on the field. After having a tough day of classes we all looked forward to being up on the turf to play. We had a team meal at 4:00 p.m. to fuel our bodies and then headed up for a meeting in the Bud Ryan Room. After learning the starting lineup and the key focus points for the game, we went into the locker room to get pumped up as a team. With everyone ready to go, we headed out to face Harvard. This year we played an amazing game but suffered a tough loss. We knew we had to focus on Sunday and learn from our efforts. 

Saturday, September 14, 2013 (Molly)
With Harvard behind us, we can only move forward. We had another practice to prepare for Sacred Heart. Hungry for a win, we focused on the points that let us down at Harvard, while maintaining what was successful yesterday. The atmosphere remained energetic and focused throughout practice, as we all prepared for another opportunity for success. We aren't afraid to say that we want to win tomorrow. We are ready to go attack and work for what we want.

Sunday, September 15, 2013 (Kat)

Crusaders vs. Pioneers! Another game day for Holy Cross Field Hockey! After our game against Harvard we were very determined to get a win on our home turf. Our pre-game warm up was intense and focused. We knew what we had to do to beat Sacred Heart. The game started and our two-touch hockey became our ultimate weapon against the Pioneers. By using our speed we dominated the first half with Lauren Sutherland scoring an amazing goal. We held off Sacred Heart's attack even with six minutes left when our defense faced four corners. As the clock ticked down we played smart and came out with the victory! A great day for HCFH!

Freshmen Audra Kinney and Gabriella Smith discuss the second week of the season.

Monday, September 2, 2013 (Gabriella)
Today we had a rest day after our triumphant home-opening win against Siena. We have all been in happy moods and I have been congratulated consistently throughout the day from various students. It's a great feeling to be part of such a supportive community. It is also great to rest! Feels strange having such a big gap in the day due to no practice, but this allows for a solid amount of work to be done and to get ahead of the game for the coming school week.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 (Gabriella)
The day started with me rolling out of bed at 10:20 a.m. for an 11:00 a.m. class. This is a rare occurrence, for my 7:45 a.m. lifting session was cancelled due to our game versus Providence College tomorrow. During practice we worked hard on stick skills, presses and corners in order to prepare ourselves for our first away game. As a freshman, it will be exciting for me to undergo the whole "away game" process for the first time. We have our stick bags ready and packed in the locker room, so that at 4:00 p.m. tomorrow we will be ready and off to Providence for our second game of the season. We hope to maintain our winning record. For our final cheer in today's practice, we yelled "believe." 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 (Audra)
Today was the greatly anticipated Holy Cross vs. Providence College game. After a long day of classes, we finally boarded the bus at 4:00 p.m. and headed out to Providence for the away game. Freshmen were responsible for bringing the snacks up from Kimball, and the team enjoyed apples, bananas, pretzels and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on the ride. After arriving in Friartown, we settled into the visiting locker room and then took to the field for warm up. We had a great warm up, focusing on game skills and corners, and started the game at a high level of play. Throughout the game the team stayed positive and focused, and despite the score we played to Providence's level. We finished the game strong, and boarded the bus home after a long and productive day.

Thursday, September 5, 2013 (Audra)
For many of us, the day began with a 7:45 a.m. lift with Shep. The lift groups are getting more efficient around the weight room as we grow accustomed to Shep's expectations and lift schedule. We then had practice at the usual 3:30 p.m. time where we began with a bit of conditioning that focused on footwork, short sprints, back-pedaling and side-shuffles. Practice after that was geared mostly towards correcting fundamental and tactical mistakes made in our game the day prior. We worked for an hour and then headed into the Bud Ryan room to watch and critique the first half of the Providence game. As a team, we were able to see and understand our mistakes and prepare to work even more on them in the days to follow.

Friday, September 6, 2013 (Gabriella)
TGIF! Today we had a regular 3:30 p.m. practice. We did drills that focused on individual defense such as one v ones and four v threes. After watching the film of our game against Providence, we decided as a team that one of our biggest weaknesses was our lack of communication. One of the main focuses of our practice today was communicating and we will continue working on that through the next week leading up to our game against Harvard. Now that practice is over, I have the rest of the night to lay down and rest up for our 8:00 a.m. practice tomorrow. Coach warned us that we will be starting tomorrow's practice with conditioning, so a good rest is important and needed.

Saturday, September 7, 2013 (Audra)
This morning we were greeted with an 8:00 a.m. practice that started off with a timed two mile run around the track. Throughout the long run, the team stayed positive and pushed ourselves until the end. Afterwards, we divided into two teams and played a full-field, 35 minute scrimmage. After this scrimmage, many of the freshmen left for a Montserrat field trip, so with five members of the team gone, we played a short overtime. After overtime, the team worked on offensive corners and then did a quick shooting drill to the cage. Our practice ended around 10:30 a.m., which allowed us to cheer on Holy Cross' football team in its home-opener.

Sunday, September 8, 2013 (Gabriella)
Today we have off and are using the lovely Sunday to rest and recover from working hard throughout the week. It is a great day to relax and get ready for the upcoming school week. As a student-athlete, there isn't much available downtime which is what makes days off so great. Although we don't have a lot of downtime due to our busy practice and game schedules, having a structured schedule actually helps me personally in having better time management for schoolwork. Just another perk of being an athlete! 

Hi Sader Nation! This is Kelly Burke and Carly Grimaudo, two of the four captains of the Holy Cross field hockey team. This is the first post of our 2013 Season Blog outlining our crusade towards a successful season. Check in each week to see what the team is up to!

Monday, August 26, 2013 (Carly)
Today was our last day of double sessions since the start of preseason. We headed out to the turf around 9:00 a.m. to practice, but since our freshmen were still participating in orientation, only the sophomores, juniors and seniors practiced today. We also didn't have any goalies at this practice so we utilized both sessions to work on our fundamentals to develop our skills on the field. During the first session, we spent the entire two and a half hours passing, hitting and sweeping, which is way more tiring than it sounds. After a solid first practice, the juniors and sophomores went to Kimball while us seniors had to get food elsewhere because our temporary meal plans were no longer in effect. After a short break, we headed back out to the field for the second session of our last day of doubles. At this practice, still without goalies and freshmen, we continued to do drills that emphasized the use of our skills. After practice some girls on the team went out to T.G.I Friday's for dinner to celebrate the end of preseason. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 (Kelly)
Today marked the last day of our preseason. For the seniors on the team this was a big day, because it meant it was our last day of preseason of our college careers! We started our day in the weight room with our lifting coach Shep. After rolling out for a while, Shep got us right into our lift for the day. The team had to go at a steady pace since we had to get to our video session right after lift. When everyone finished the lift, we all ran up to the Bud Ryan Room to look at video from our UMaine scrimmage. We looked a lot at our individual defense, as well as our recovery runs and our shifts on pressing. The coaches wanted to make sure that we focused a lot on the little details that we needed to fix. As a team we all knew that this week was very important because we wanted to start our season with a win against Siena! After we finished going over the video from the scrimmage, the team headed out to practice. We started practice with some conditioning and then we went right into fundamentals and some stick skills. We can definitely tell that our fitness levels have gotten better because a lot of girls' mile times improved, even with the extra weight of our shin guards and sticks. The coaches then had us work more on corners and other drills that focused on individual defense and numbers up situations. The team and coaches are excited to start our season on Sunday!!!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 (Kelly)
Although we had the day off from field hockey today, the team was able to focus on our classes since it was the first day of school! Many girls got to wear regular clothes for the first time in two weeks. It was nice to have a day to let our bodies rest after working so hard during preseason. Only four more days until our home opener against Siena!!! 

Thursday, August 29, 2013 (Carly)
With our second day of classes underway, today was our first lift session with our lift coach, Shep, in our small groups. This morning my teammate and housemate Katie DeGennaro and I left our house at 7:30 a.m. since we were the lucky ones to get the morning lift session along with a few others on the team. After a great workout with Shep, we started our classes for the day until we returned back at Hart for practice at 3:30 p.m. Today's three-hour practice included working on fundamentals, offensive and defensive corners, and game situations. 3 DAYS TIL' THE SEASON OPENER!

Friday, August 30, 2013 (Carly)
Today we headed straight from a day of classes out to the field for a two and a half hour practice. This practice was focused a lot on our corner execution both defensively and offensively because corners are a crucial part of the game when it comes to goal scoring and defending. Hoping to be good on both ends this season, we spent a lot of this practice figuring out new corner plays, giving us lots of options with different people. After some dives on the fortunately wet turf by Kaitlyn Murray we had some pretty successful corners. Toward the end of our practice, we noticed a familiar face walk over and quietly observe the remainder of our practice. It was Eric Kapuitulik, military marine and founder of "The Program," which we participated in this preseason. Eric returned to elaborate again on his ideas of being a good teammate, being a good leader, preparation and opportunity for success. He put these aspects into perspective for us with a story about one of his fallen marines that gave us some insight on what we needed to do to get our first win of the season on Saturday. 2 DAYS! BEAT SIENA!!

Saturday, August 31, 2013 (Carly)
With tomorrow's game in mind, we had an early practice from 8-10:30 a.m. Today's practice was our routine pre-game practice where we work on game situations along with some shooting and some overtime scrimmaging. Game situations include defensive and offensive corners, pressing and outletting with some game-like play in between such as 4v3's and 3v2's. Every drill we did today was to help us get mentally ready to take on Siena in our home and season opener. With the remainder of the day to ourselves, we were able to relax and get our legs some rest before our big game. BEAT SIENA!

Sunday, September 1, 2013 (Carly)
GAME DAY! After a full two and a half weeks of preseason and a week of practices we were ready to take on Siena in our home opener. After a team meal in Kimball, we headed up to the locker room to begin our game day preparation which includes, treatment in the training room, a team meeting in the Bud Ryan room and lots of music blasting in the locker room before we head out to the field. After a really productive warm up, we could tell everyone was ready to take on the Saints but, just less than five minutes after the game started we had to run inside because of a rain delay and some lightning. While stuck in our locker room for two hours before we could return out to the field, we made sure to keep both our focus and energy up so we were ready when the time came for us to play again. After refueling with some snacks and playing some of Ellen DeGeneres' "Head's Up!" to kill time in the locker room (we even got a visit from former teammate and 2011 graduate Breezy Rush), we hit the field just after 3:00 p.m. to finish out the remaining 65 minutes of the game. Right away we wanted to get back the goal we were down before the rain delay and put up three goals within 15 minutes to reclaim the game. Both Haley Makuch and Lauren Sutherland scored their first collegiate goals, while Molly Feit tallied her first of the season off a rebound. We maintained our lead for the remainder of the game and finished with a 3-2 victory in our season opener! With a record of 1-0, we're really excited to continue our season on Wednesday, Sept. 4 with a game versus Providence.




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