How did it feel to make Varsity this year?
I was very surprised that I made Varsity, even though I tried to improve my game over the summer. The girls on the team are such amazing athletes, and after seeing them play, I just figured there was no way it was going to happen. I actually had already prepared what I was going to say to the coaches when they told me their decision [that I was getting cut]. I was so surprised and so happy to be given the opportunity to play with the varsity team.
How is being on varsity different from being on JV?
Being on Varsity is different than being on JV because there are many things that you are expected to already know on the field, in both practices and in the actual games. Needless to say, there is still a lot for me to learn.
How was preseason, and what have you learned so far?
Preseason was a great opportunity for me to learn a lot of new stick skills and work on my positioning. It also allowed for me to get in better physical condition for the season. I learned a lot from the other players, like when Emma taught me to flick the ball. That wasn’t something I learned on JV or at any of the clinics I attended over the last few summers.
Do you feel more pressure to do better now that you’re on Varsity?
I do feel pressure to try to learn as much as I can from the coaches and the more seasoned girls on the Varsity team. I want to be a contributing member of the team, and I am willing to work hard to get there.
Why do you love field hockey??
I love field hockey because it is a fast-paced game where everyone works together to win. It is also forgiving. When you make a mistake there is, more often than not, a teammate who is there to back you up in order to move the ball along.
Do you see it as something you’ll do after high school?
I’m not sure if I will play field hockey after high school. I really haven’t thought about it beyond this season. I’m just so happy to be part of this amazing team!
What are your goals for the season?
My goal is to improve my skills as much as I can by the end of the season.
(Copyright June Dinias 2017)