|Freshman Julia Guthrie shows how prepared she is to beat Georgetown…. 24 hours in advance.|
By Meg Jarrell
With classes starting, we’ve all been super busy, but every day from 415-645 we get to take a break from school to go out on the field and focus on the game we love. It’s always hard to get back in the swing of things right away, but DCFH hit the ground running the first two weeks of school with our first road trip and our first home game.
The focus we were able to keep through preseason and the first week of school paid off right away. We opened up our season up in Washington, D.C. against Georgetown. Georgetown is always a big rivalry for us, so we were all pumped to play (and beat!) them. Even though the freshmen didn’t quite understand the rivalry yet, they caught on to the excitement. Almost all of them showed up for our 6-hour bus ride dressed in their warm up gear, even though our game wasn’t until the next day!
We ended up coming away from the Georgetown game with a 2-0 win. The first half started a little slow, but we held on and, after some key adjustments during halftime, we dominated the second half. It’s a really good sign when a team can listen to their coaches and teammates at half time and then go on to make the adjustments on the field right away. Our ability to do that will really end up taking us far this season.
Unfortunately the hurricane that took the east coast by storm caused our game against LaSalle to be canceled. We were all disappointed we didn’t get to play again, but it was nice to be back on campus early to rest up for a full week of practice. After 5 days out on the field, we felt fully prepared to face off against #16 Louisville in our first home game.
Normally facing off against such a highly regarded opponent would set nerves on edge, but after the great season we had last year and all of the hard work we’ve done so far this year, we couldn’t wait to measure ourselves against a top-ranked team.
Although we lost to Louisville 5-3, it was a really hard fought game. The game was tied up until the last few minutes, and although we were disappointed we didn’t come out with a W, we played some absolutely phenomenal hockey. Like our coaches said afterwards, if this is where we start, there’s no limit to how good we can become. VCU and William and Mary better watch out next weekend when we head up to Richmond for a doubleheader on the road!!