Lady Cavs anxious for PAC playoffs

By Jason Radka
October 28, 2005

Don’t be mistaken this Halloween if the Cabrini College Women’s field hockey team shows up at your door not dressed up as athletes but as potential champions. All fingers are pointing to the win column as the Cabrini Woman’s Field Hockey team silences the critics.

In doing so, the Cavaliers have raised their PAC record to a highly respectable 7-2. Undoubtedly, Cabrini’s intense recent double-overtime victory over Haverford has provided a boost in the team’s ambitions for taking the PAC championship this year. The Cavaliers are thirsty for victory on the weekend’s eve of Halloween.

Cabrini will host an unknown foe next week as the PAC playoffs reach Cavalier territory. Comradery and team closure are only a few of the traits adopted by the women this season.

Allison Sachs, junior business major, had a very simplistic strategy when the topic of being successful comes up.

“Go out and win,” Sachs said. “Give it our best and go play as a team. If we bring our strength and talent we should be able to win.”

As an individual player, Sachs believes if she brings her speed, the “a-game” and 110 percent of her effort to the field, so that she will be helping out her teammates to the fullest of her ability.

There is no “age-slur” that can be placed on the field hockey team this year. Cabrini’s squad this year has a well-balanced mix of underclassmen and upperclassmen. In light of this, the continuity of incoming classes should keep the age dispersal even, therefore never making the team too old or too young. This is key as the seasons progress and future teams arrive at Cabrini.

Field hockey players have a knack for preparing themselves for games mentally and physically. Having a fierce mentality along with a strong physical body, the grassroots for a solid player is constructed.

“Mentally, If I keep playing the way I’ve been playing, then I believe I’ll do well in the games. As a team if we can play up to our potential, then we will be successful,” junior communications major Megan Farrell said. “Physically just keeping healthy, trying not to get sick.” Staying healthy may be a very important yet overlooked factor this fall, for the flu virus is beginning its path down the east coast.

Every athletic team endures losses and thrives on wins. It can be considered important for an athlete to evaluate his/herself after a season whether it be winning or losing. When Farrell was questioned about the event of a playoff loss, her answer was shocking. “I don’t even want to think about it.” Subliminal confidence and appropriate oblivion is portrayed in these few words as the Cavaliers look to finish their season this week against Neumann and Gwynedd-Mercy. The PAC first round begins on Sat. Oct. 29th.

Posted to the web by Brian Coary

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