Transfer athletes fill important roles

By Nina Scimenes
October 9, 2003

Steph Mangold

With Cabrini being a small school, the Division III athletic department attracts a wide variety of transfer players to its teams.

“The biggest myth that you may find is that a player coming from a higher division, meaning Division I to Division III, will just walk right on and be better than the existing players,” Jackie Neary, head field hockey and women’s lacrosse coach, said.

Transfer athletes have to prove themselves as part of the team by working hard, no matter what team they came from. Cabrini’s program is Division III, which can be often wrongly interpreted as athletics not being of much importance. That is not the case; the population of the college itself is what determines this division. Neary said, “The young ladies and gentlemen at Cabrini have a rich tradition of strong athletics and pride in what they have and will accomplish athletically”

Erin Schell, a new member to the field hockey team, has joined the Lady Cavs after Chestnut Hill’s field hockey program was unexpectedly cut. Chestnut Hill College became co-ed in the Fall of 2003 semester, and is now reshaping the athletics program accordingly. Schell and the rest of her teammates were not notified until last March that their team will no longer be a part of the athletics program at Chestnut Hill College. This gave Schell an opportunity to find another team that she would like to play for. After visiting Cabrini, her mind was made up. Schell is pleased with her decision and is enjoying her time as a Lady Cav.

Anne Tye, forward for Cabrini’s field hockey team, transferred from La Salle University this semester. Tye doesn’t regret her decision to join Cabrini’s team. Neary and upperclassmen made her feel welcomed after an intense week of preseason in the summer. Neary said, “The most rewarding thing is when I have a transfer, and even her family approach me after the season and say they wish they would have played here all

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