On Saturday, October 1, the field hockey team at St. Mary’s organized a community service event to benefit the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and to kick off the Family Weekend and Hawktober Festival athletic activities.
At their game against Stevenson University, the team sold t-shirts from which all proceeds went directly to the foundation. “This is the second year for our Alex’s Lemonade Stand game,” said Head Coach Katie Lange, ’06. “To date, [the team] has raised almost $2,000 for the foundation.”
Inspired by childhood cancer victim Alex Scott, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation was started in 2005. The Foundation’s website says that the organization raises money and awareness of childhood cancer causes, research into new treatments and cures, and to encourage and empower others, especially children, to get involved and make a difference for children with cancer.
According to sophomore Claire Kortyna, senior Lauren Bennett proposed the idea that sparked the start of the program. “I think it’s a great way for our team to bring something back to the community,” said Kortyna.
Besides the successful community service project, the team celebrated Hawktober Festival with a 2-1 win over Stevenson University. Junior Lauriann Parker scored the game-winning goal off a penalty stroke late with just six minutes remaining in the contest against their fellow Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) opponents.
Since the Oct. 1 game, the team has picked up a 2-0 win against Frostburg University on Oct. 8 and three losses against Bridgewater College on Oct. 8, Catholic University on Oct. 10, and York College on Oct. 15, by scores of 0-1, 0-1, and 3-2, respectively. The team is currently 5-8 overall and 3-2 in CAC conference play with only three games remaining until the playoffs begin.
Of those three games, the first two, against University of Mary Washington and Wesley College, are key conference match-ups for the team. Though coming off a rocky stage in the season, the team remains proud of their accomplishments and hopeful as they move forward towards the playoffs.
“We’re having a pretty good season. If we work really hard, we might win the conference, but even if we don’t I’ll know we did everything we could to do so,” said Kortyna.
Coach Lange agreed with Kortyna. “I am proud of the progress the team has made over the course of the season,” she said. “They are really coming together and we feel confident we can make a strong push at the end going into playoffs.”
The CAC conference playoffs begin on Sunday, Oct. 30.