WINCHESTER, Va. - Junior Morgan Payne is back for another year of blogging about the field hockey program. In her first post of the 2017 season, Morgan recaps the summer for a couple of the squad members.
Welcome back to 'Eight Second Swarm', the SU field hockey blog. My name is Morgan Payne and I am a junior Biology and Public Health double major and this is my second year as a field hockey blogger.
The returners were so excited to finally get back to school, welcome our incoming freshmen players, and get this season started. Upon returning we saw the progress made to the new James R. Wilkins, Jr. Athletics & Events Center… I can only imagine how nice it will be once it is finally completed and filled with SU students and athletes. Also, we were welcomed back with a brand new turf displaying the SU logo. While turf is taking some getting used to, I think it is going to be amazing once it gets fully settled. It is nice to be able to play on an even surface with clear lines and we are very grateful to the athletic department for this improvement to the stadium.
Our entire team has been busy this summer by grinding out summer workouts, taking exciting trips, and working to gain experience in our future career fields. For example, I traveled to Rwanda with an organization called Hope Shines and served as a volunteer for a summer education camp they do every year. Hope Shines is dedicated to helping orphaned and vulnerable children through education. It was an incredible experience for me and as much as the children learned, so did I. This pushed me to further want to pursue global medicine so I can interact with people from all around the world.
Senior Morgan Lingo received her RBT certification and worked as a direct therapist for children with autism in order to prepare herself for graduate school next year. Katelyn Curtis worked in a pharmacy to have experience as she goes through school to gain a position in the field. Whitney Ross, a junior Pre-Occupational Therapy student, worked as an office manager of a private pediatric occupational therapy center. She loved this experience and it further confirmed her aspirations for the future.
Freshman Daphne Leighty traveled to Italy and immersed herself in a new culture, and Taylor Hayes, a sophomore nursing student, even saved two lives while working at a pool! That was just to name a few. I am so lucky to be a part of such an amazing group of students, leaders, and athletes because we all push each other on the field and in all other aspects of our lives.
Thursday kicked off the start to preseason. At 7 a.m. we all crushed the fitness test! We then focused on stick skills, footwork and small-sided drills for passing and defense. This season is about making a statement by being stronger and more intense to win another ODAC championship and advance deeper in the NCAA Tournament. This mindset begins on the first day of practice and will continue through non-conference play all the way till the end. The growth of this program has been incredible the past few seasons and we will continue to grow and uphold the standards this program demands.
Stay on the look out for more blog posts and follow us through our season!