The big transition

By Ashlee Lensmyer
November 13, 2003

Alissa Smith

Freshman Megan Farrell has field hockey in her blood. Megan has been around the sport since the moment she was born. Her mother has been coaching in the sport for 20 years, and in 6th grade, she joined her mother’s team, and since then, she has followed in those footsteps. Farrell played in high school at John Carroll School in Bel Air, Maryland, and has now moved up to the college level.

Since the field hockey team does not have a summer training program, Farrell did all that she could to prepare on her own during the summer before coming to Cabrini. “I just ran everyday trying to get in the best shape I could not knowing what preseason would be like,” Farrell said. Preseason for her was challenging because she was not sure what to expect, but she worked hard and it paid off.

Field Hockey itself was going to be more intense in college than in high school, but she set no expectations as far as her teammates or coach. Actually, Farrell met her college coach long before either of them knew that they would be on a college team together. She saw her future coach while seeing an old player of her mother’s. “I saw Jackie not knowing that 17 years later, I’d be playing for her,” Farrell said.

Megan met a few of her soon-to-be future team members from a recruiting trip and also from coming to games before she came to Cabrini, but she knew when she got to school that they would be a tight team. Beginning on the first day of school, the girls would hang out in each other’s rooms and get to know each other. Farrell said, “Your teammates have a lot to do with sports. If they don’t get along the season is not going to go well.” This is proof of why the team made it as far as they did this year. Despite incurring a back injury towards the end of the season, Farrell still stuck with her team. Field Hockey has been a part of Farrell’s life since birth, and nothing will stand in her way of keeping things that way.

Posted on the web by: Rob Cain

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