With the 2017 Field Hockey season well underway, the team looks to make ma- jor progress this upcoming fall. Despite a challenging rst half of the season, playing on the road against tough op- ponents such as Roger Williams Univer- sity, SUNY Geneseo, and the University of Southern Maine, the team looks to turn their season around.
Despite the tough non-conference schedule, the Valiants pulled away a win against St. Thomas Aquinas College. The win came on Sept. 13, 2017 at GoVal- iants.com Field as they added yet anoth- er win on their home turf. The team has gone a perfect 5 wins and 0 losses on the new turf.
“We haven’t lost on the new turf yet. It worked out for us last season and we hope to keep it going as we get started with our new season,” said Kaitlin Hal- loran about the home field advantage the team has enjoyed.
In 2004, the team won the conference title but have yet to win it again. Last year, the team made it to playoffs but did not win. This set the bar high for the program and how successful they will be this season. The seniors on the team recognize that they played a huge role in the success from last year and look to do just the same for the remainder of the 2017 campaign.
As the program continues to improve, the current seniors will make sure that this success lingers by reinforcing key values on and off the field.
“We have some big expectations after last year when we qualified for the ECAC tournament for the first time in program history. We’ve tried to take what we’ve learned in previous years from the captains and senior classes by adding to it to make it different in our own way,” said senior Melissa Stys.
The senior class that began their freshman year in 2014, had 11 girls, has narrowed down to just six. The girls couldn’t be happier with the sister-like bond they have created.
Seniors Kaitlin Halloran, Melissa Stys, Haley Linkroum, Lisa Maxwell, Alexis Gerzabek and Devon Butler have truly made this team their own.
“We try to make our team feel like a family so it’s not just the seniors competing against the freshman all the time. We love to play this game. Having fun while we play makes it really easy to play and go to practice every day… It’s the little things on and off the field that makes our team so special,” said Butler.
Implementing family-like values on and o the eld along with a competitive drive, these girls bring their all to practice every day. The season looks bright for the women’s Field Hockey team.