Courtesy of Noelani Schulmeyer
Courtesy of Noelani Schulmeyer
It’s been a while since my last visit to Lex, but I’ve been fortunate to have seen so many former teammates over the past few weeks, including Iziar, who has asked me to share a little about my life after college.
After graduating, I moved to Atlanta to work for a Public Accounting Firm. Amidst long hours, I’ve been fortunate to explore new cities and visit friends while travelling for work, including few weekends with Emmy and Kathy in New York. Although many of my friends are all over the US, there is a strong W&L presence in the area and I often find myself running into W&L alums when I least expect it, including former General Liz Garson who plays tennis out of the same club.
Adapting to life without collegiate sports has been difficult, but I’ve been lucky to have found a local team to play with- the Georgia Field Hockey Association. I had played with a similar adult team in Tampa while I interned before my senior year, and the director put me in touch with the head of the GFHA. While practices are not every day, there are usually 2-3 practices a week in addition to various tournaments across the country throughout the year. A few weeks ago I extended a business trip to join my team at the Chicago Cup along with 10 other teams from across the country. When not at practice, I’ve been filling my time up by playing on tennis and softball teams in addition to running. This summer I ran the Chicago Half Marathon with former teammate and fellow Atlantan Jennie Norcini. Out team, Generals Against Cancer, raised over $3,000 for the American Cancer Society.
Good luck with the rest of the season and I hope to be back to see a game soon!
For the first-years, my name is Chelsea and I graduated from W&L in May and played field hockey for all four years. Now I live in New York and work as a financial journalist covering private equity (its okay if you don’t know what that is!) I love my new apartment here and my job and I hang out with mostly W&L grads, literally Generals outnumber every other school at bars most nights, crazy because we’re such a small school!
Anyway my sister is going through preseason as a first-year at Hobart & William Smith and the one thing I keep telling her is preseason is definitely not a sample of how the rest of your season or college life will be like! I cried through my first preseason and I promise once the two weeks are over it’s all downhill. As some of the upperclassmen could agree, preseason also gets better as you get older but just remember when August 28 comes around and you don’t have any more two-a-days things will change! I guess this makes preseason sound pretty bad but its supposed to be so that guys build a good team. Just remember when you’re reaching that wretched uphill part of the fitness test run (by the baseball fields), or when Wendy makes you sing and dance in the pool…that it all pays off.
Seriously, I am so grateful for having gone through four preseasons because I loved the two months of playing field hockey that came after it and today it really sets me apart in the “real world.” Playing a team sport is something you guys can’t do after you graduate, in fact I have to pay tons of money to just workout! (haha through a gym membership, but you get my point.) So basically, don’t take it for granted. Whether its your first preseason or your last remember how worth it is and how good it is for you in the end. Wish I was there to run with you guys today, I’m definitely thinking of you. Let me know if you need anything and I’ll see you on October 25 (I’ve already taken the day before off.)
Rebecca Barry, a rising junior at the University of Richmond and a midfielder on the spiders field hockey team from Limerick, Ireland, has been nominated for an ESPY Award in the category of “Best Play.”
Barry’s goal was a Top Play on ESPN’s SportsCenter last fall and was picked as one of the top-16 plays of the year by ESPN. To see Barry’s goal scored against Temple University during the 2012 season, click here.
Barry is one of 16 nominees for the “Best Play” category. The ESPY winner will be picked by bracket-style voting. The goal is seeded 15th, matched-up against Khalil Edney’s Buzzer Beater. The field will be cut down to eight on July 8th and then down to four on July 15th, with the votes closing when the 2013 ESPYS air live at 9 p.m. ET on July 17th at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, California.
“I truly am honored for a play of mine to even be considered for such a prestigious award alongside professional sports stars and other fantastic moments,” said Barry. “I still can’t believe it! I am so shocked by the amount of people who have reached out and shown their support already.”
Click here to read the complete article from the Team USA website
Although summer has just begun Field Hockey pre season is right around the corner. As I’m sure most of you are diligently following your summer workouts I wanted to give some tips for pre season preparedness.
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