By: Amanda Hoyt, Spider Hockey junior
When most athletes think of their favorite sports memory, they think of their best play, a great save, or their first goal. For me, my favorite field hockey memory is a feeling: the feeling of pride you get when you first put on a Richmond jersey, walk out onto the field to represent your school, and see all of your hard work pay off.
I will never forget the feeling from my first collegiate start at University of Richmond. It was our first game of the season, and we were playing American University. What made this game even more meaningful was that three of my friends from my high school club team played for American and were some of their top attackers.
As we walked out onto the field, shook hands with our opponents, and lined up to announce the starters, I could feel the nerves. Yet, when the announcer called my name, I was overwhelmed by my team’s confidence and belief in me. Every game we walk out onto the field, but hearing your name called, especially that first time, creates a new passion and understanding of what your jersey truly means.
When the game began, we all stepped up to the challenge, fighting the back and forth battle until the last minute. As the second half started to wind down, we were tied 1-1 and American had earned a penalty stroke, an opportunity that almost always ends in a goal. Saving this stroke, one of my most memorable saves in my field hockey career, led to a feeling that has stuck with me to this day.
Any day, the results of a game can go either way. While we ended up winning this game 2-1 in the first overtime period, momentum can shift and you must do all that you can do to control the outcome. I recognize how much each player on the field puts into every game, and its games like this that fill me with a feeling of pride that I am a Spider.