Aug. 16, 2010
Hi Wildcat fans!
My name is Megan Jamieson and this season I will be bring you the scoop from the Northwestern Field Hockey Team. I am a senior defender hailing from Toledo, Ohio. I am coming off a summer spent interning in the marketing department at the Big Ten Network here in Chicago and also training with my teammates on campus in Evanston, so I'm ready to get back into field hockey season.
Camp started just a short (depends on who you ask) five days ago. We started the week with some testing, skills drills and scrimmaging to get our legs under us and collectively knock off some rust as a team.
Thursday afternoon we started to really kick things into gear with a timeless favorite of our team, competition day. Competition day consists of two teams, purple vs. white, competing in small games, shooting drills or miscellaneous games like the pinny game (details to come in a later post). Competition day often starts out as an all-out brawl and intensity varies depending on whatever stakes the coaches set.
Sometimes pride is enough, other times it is to get out of running, or be first in line for dinner. It is a fun and intense practice that keeps everyone on their toes and eager to win.
While our assistant coach April was away (woo congratulations Mrs. Bertin!) our strength and conditioning coach Jason Pullara attended our morning skills practices to keep us on our toes with ladder drills and conditioning. Sunday we started getting into some of the "Nitty Gritty" of things working on outletting and the beginning stages of press work. We scrimmage Iowa Friday and leave for Syracuse in] 11 days, so we have a lot of work to do in a short amount of time!
I know I can speak for my fellow seniors, Kendra, Sarah, Olivia, Katie, Marnie, Zoe and Stacy when I say we expect a lot out of our last season. We have been through grueling offseasons, endured endless sprints, hit thousands of balls and seen the excitement, talent and camaraderie build on this team over the past four years.
This preseason is far from over, but I think it is safe to say the best one has come last.
It's going to be an exciting year for the NUFH 'Cats and everyone is chomping at the bit to get to that first game at Syracuse. Check back soon for videos, photos and fun insights and interviews with the Wildcats this season!