Also I want to give a shout-out to All-Americans Geneva Lloyd (pictured) and (second-time) Randi Zukas. What an unbelievable honor – couldn’t think of more deserving players!
Final Congrats to Amherst Women’s Basketball – third consecutive year that they have made it to the final four and will compete for the national title for the first time today. Jaci Daigneault (pictured) is the 2011 Division III Player of the Year!
In writing this, I’m forced to face some of my thoughts on the end of my college career, no easy feat for anyone. As I think on the moments that meant the most to me over the years, the big victories that define the success of Amherst as a program are of course important. Winning NESCACs and the national title two times influenced my experience as a player and the strong bond of AWH. Yet, as I walked out of Orr Rink for the last time as a college player, the tears that streamed down my face were an unending appreciation and deep longing for the more intangible moments that have really shaped my experience: competitive practices (Lord Jeffrey Cup), locker room dance parties, the rush of sprinting on the ice at the beginning of a game, putting our dress clothes on for a game knowing its finally time to go the rink, lining up for a faceoff at the beginning of the game and hearing your entire team behind you, hugging our goalies after a big win or shutout, the rivalry with Middlebury, AWH’s traditions (7th player, painting the wall, pre-game “words”).
(I could go on forever – we had to write “favorite memories” for senior day and Coach Plumer had to write me back and ask me to shorten mine when I felt I hadn’t even touched on half of them.)
Overall, I have learned a group of individuals that share a positive attitude, competitive spirit, and unending work ethic makes one unstoppable team. Regardless of what I am involved in from here on out, work or otherwise, I will always aim to surround myself with people who rival the character of AWH. Cheers to you all for all you have taught me and the laughs we have shared: this is just the beginning.