HAMDEN, Conn. – Several members of the Quinnipiac Women's Lacrosse team met with the Hoosick Falls (NY) Varsity Lacrosse team on Saturday afternoon as part of the Athletic Department's Positive Play initiative. The Bobcats spoke about life as collegiate student-athletes, as well as advising the high school athletes about the importance of teamwork, communication, and accountability on the playing field.
"Listening to my players speak to the next generation of college students was inspiring," said head coach Danie Caro. "Hearing them articulate some of the lessons they have learned through their athletic experiences made me realize how important being an athlete is to their overall development as people during their collegiate career. It's not just about the outcomes of the games – when you look at the big picture, it's really about the life lessons, the camaraderie, and personal growth that makes being a student-athlete so special."
Juniors Phoebe Laplante (New Bedford, Mass.) and Kelsey Maroney (West Granby, Conn.), sophomores, Keira Flaherty (Braintree, Mass.), Briana Fountain (Marshfield, Mass.), Vicki Kuhn (East Hampstead, N.H.), and Samantha Tilts (Port Washington, N.Y.), and freshmen Kaitlin Gaghan (Farmingdale N.Y.), Shana Maglio (Garden City, N.Y.), and Sara McCullough (Bewster, Mass.) participated in the event, and got as much out of it as their high school counterparts did.
According to Laplante, "By talking to the players from Hoosick Falls, we were really able to encourage them about the importance of team communication and team unity. It is always a rewarding experience for student-athletes when you can serve as someone's mentor and role model. We all truly felt that today as we answered the many questions the girls had about being a college student-athlete."
Hoosick Falls has been a club team for the past three years and is now competing as a varsity squad this spring under head coach Lisa Ferrannini. The team traveled to Connecticut to play Lyman Hall on April 20 and attended the Bobcats game against NEC foe St. Francis University on Sunday, April 21. After meeting with the Quinnipiac lacrosse team, Ed O'Connor, Dean of Health Sciences, took the high school squad on a campus tour. The Bobcats also met with the Hoosick Falls team in the spring of 2012, when the team visited campus and watched a collegiate practice.
"Answering the questions of high school students was a lot of fun," said Maglio. "I loved how we were able to provide them with information on what it takes to be a student-athlete at the collegiate level. The girls all had smiles on their faces and it brightened my day to see how enthusiastic they were about what we had to say."
"I think today was beneficial for not only the players we spoke to, but for our team as well," said Tilts. "It was really rewarding to talk to them about their futures and to act as role models for them. I believe the players we spoke to truly gained from this experience, and hopefully they will use our advice to grow as not only a team but as individuals."
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