While rained out of scrimmages, the Field Hockey team still played in the Connie Harmon Classic as well as had a game against Washington College. Even though they lost against Washington 2-1, the team is still excited for the season.
In the Connie Harmon Classic, SMCM lost 2-0 in the championship game against Susquehanna University. Coach Katie Lange looked at it positively saying, “We actually were rained out of our scrimmages because of the hurricane, and so our first game was our first time we played against an opponent. It was nerve-wracking because usually I’ll have a chance to see everyone play against an opponent and think about what we need to work on. But we’ve only been able to practice against each other. It was nice to play against some other teams and see how we fare against them.”
When asked about how she thought the players did at the Connie Harmon Classic, Lange replied, “I think we have some things to work on, but overall I was happy with their positive attitude, strong work ethic, and skill, those are the three things I prioritize. But we definitely have a long way to come in order to compete with some of the other teams in our conference.”
Before the game against Washington, Lange said, “It’s always such a close game, I call them 50/50 games. When you’re that closely matched with a team, it’s not luck, but really anyone could win.” The field hockey team proceeded to lose 2-1 to Washington. Junior Lauriann Parker scored the first goal of the season in the first 13 minutes. Washington scored before intermission and another goal at the 58 minute mark.
Even with the loss the team stays excited. Coach Lange explained some of the difficulties with transitioning from one season to another, saying, “It is tough at the beginning because we have ten new members of the team and we only have two weeks before our first game, and to try to have everyone learn everyone’s names, learn everyone’s playing styles, and learn everyone’s personalities, it can be difficult.” She also expressed sympathy for those completely new to college life, saying , “And the new players are not only adjusting to a new team; they are also adjusting to college life and classes.”
Coach Lange showed pride for her team, saying, “We have a great group of first years, I like them a lot, and they are all hard workers.” She also said, “I have a great group of five seniors, who were with me from my first year (One transferred in)…I think we’ve grown a lot together. They’ve been really supportive of me and they’ve also grown so much in terms of leadership.”
The team plans on having its second annual Alex’s Lemonade Stand for their Hawktoberfest game. On Saturday, Oct. 1, students can buy a t-shirt for $10 from any of the players on the team. All of the proceeds from the t-shirt sales will go to the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation which is devoted to helping kids who have cancer.