Captain shows dedication

By Brian Smith
October 7, 2005

Jerry Zurek

Ann Tye, a senior business administration major and the Captain of Cabrini’s field hockey team, is confident in her teammates this year.

“This year there is something special about this team. When we get on the field, we all work together to achieve the same goal, and that is winning and playing our best. I also think our coaches not only provide us with field hockey knowledge, but encourage us to be better people in everything we do. And that is why I think we will be successful this year,” Tye said.

Tye is a positive and hard-working person from Plymouth Meeting, Pa., and went to Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School, where she played field hockey each year. After graduating, she went to LaSalle University, and while she didn’t play field hockey there, in her sophomore year, she transferred to Cabrini and joined the team after speaking with Jackie Neary, who is now her field hockey coach.

“The transition from LaSalle to Cabrini was a lot easier because of field hockey. I got to know the girls in preseason before classes started and felt really comfortable with the team,” Tye said.

Tye has been playing sports for a large part of her life, trying out sports like soccer, basketball, and softball at earlier ages. While she said that soccer in particular was fun, it was after trying field hockey that she decided she liked this game best.

“The reason I stayed with field hockey in high school was mainly because of my teammates and my coach. It was an outlet for me especially after classes, and still is today,” Tye said.

Tye has been playing field hockey for Cabrini since her sophomore year and has earned both respect and attention from her teammates and coach. Jackie Neary has this to say about her:

“I’ve been very fortunate to have transfer students and athletes come in, but by far Tye has had one of the biggest impacts on the teams I coach.”

Tye, when asked about her coach, described her method as putting emphasize on athletics, family, morals, and academics.

This year, Tye looks forward to seeing the Lady Cavaliers compete in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference championships. Another goal for Tye is to find a career related to her major and minor, business administration and human resources respectively, after she graduates from Cabrini.

Tye has described the sport of field hockey as one that requires a lot of physical and mental toughness. When she was asked what her favorite thing about playing field hockey was, she said that being surrounded by good people makes practice and games all worth it in the end.

“The events that hold the most meaning to me during my field hockey career is just being with the team. We work hard and have fun, it doesn’t get much better than that,” Tye said.

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