Georgetown Field Hockey Develops Chemistry During Spring Workouts
April 22, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Georgetown University field hockey team began conditioning work on January 14, as they started lifting and running three times a week. For a team that had, at most, three substitutes during the 2008 Fall Season the case for strength and stamina could not have been made any clearer, especially in the BIG EAST, one of the nation's strongest field hockey conferences.
"This year was a huge transition year for us, and I think it was great for our freshmen to be able to step in and have such a big impact on our program," Field Hockey Head Coach Tiffany Marsh said. "Only having a total of 15 players on the team was one of the challenges that we faced. The team was able to see they had to raise the bar in their fitness level in order to compete for a full game with very few subs. Going into the off-season, they were on board with giving their all to get into a great place with their physical fitness. They have been working extremely hard and I know they will continue this throughout the summer, putting us in a great position for preseason in August."
During the regular season the Hoyas, one of the youngest teams in Division I, had five freshmen, including Meggie Taylor, Ai Nishino, Kalli Krumpos, Lila Samperton and Bailey DeWitt thrust into starting roles early in their collegiate careers. Now with the loss of five players, including its leading-scorer and goalkeeper and only one senior, forward Kristen Volpe returning the team's young players will be counted on even more to not only develop individually, but to create team chemistry.
"Overall we saw a ton of individual and team improvement over the spring," Georgetown Field Hockey Head Coach Tiffany Marsh said. "The girls are working very hard to take their game to the next level and we look forward to a promising fall season."
The team picked up the sticks at their new home field at American University on March 17 after spring break, practicing four times a week to get a head start in developing the chemistry needed for success when Fall 2009 rolls around. In their spring tournament at University of Richmond the Hoyas won three of four games playing without a goalkeeper in the seven-on-seven format. The tournament field included Radford, William & Mary, Warner's Club and the host Richmond.