By Nicole Merigliano
The Union Field Hockey team played their first Liberty League match this past weekend against nationally ranked University of Rochester. This was the first Liberty League game for new Head Coach Kelly Harchetts, as well as for the 10 freshman players on the field hockey roster this season.
When asked about her first-year experience thus far at Union College, Coach Harchetts had only positive things to say about the field hockey program, as well as the school overall.
“Since arriving on campus in April, I have been welcomed with open arms by a very close campus community that is a pleasure to be a part of. Everyone from the athletics department to academics staff is supportive and genuinely wants to see each other succeed.”
Coach Harchetts has done an exceptional job in encouraging her players to maintain a balance of academics and athletics, and understands when a handful of players have to be 20-30 minutes late to a practice due to conflicting lab schedules. Whether the player is on time or arriving late, they come to the field determined and ready to work and get better.
Despite the Dutchwomen suffering a 3-0 loss in their first Liberty League game against the Rochester Yellowjackets, both Harchetts and the team remain positive in terms of where they will stand once the regular season concludes.
“The field hockey team works hard and although it has not been reflected in the outcome of our games thus far, I believe we will see that hard work pay off in the near future,” says Harchetts.
The Dutchwomen secured their first win of the season on home turf against WPI on Saturday, September 8 in a nail-biting overtime game, in which Caroline Moran ‘13 scored the game-winning goal.
This win signified the first career win for Coach Harchetts, who firmly believes “we have a strong core of returners, who along with 10 energetic freshmen, can really make a difference in the weeks to come.”
The Dutchwomen have a tough and exciting week of away games ahead with Williams on Tuesday, along with two Liberty League match-ups against St. Lawrence and Skidmore on Friday and Saturday, respectively. “I am excited to see what impact we will have in the Liberty League,” says Harchetts. The Field Hockey team as a whole knows what they need to do in order to move forward this season in a positive direction, and are willing to do what it takes to see these results.