Day 2: Ireland vs. Austria, WIN 19-3
Today we played like a different team than we did against England. We were more relaxed, energized, and confident. The energy started well before warm-ups and carried us through the cool-down. From the first draw, we were focused and intense, doubling the ball all over the field and working together on attack.
Our three captains, Rebecca, Katelin, and Robyn, came up with a great idea to write “Pride” on our wrists to remind us why we were here and what we were playing for. Not only did it make for cool photos, but it helped when I was tired or frustrated to look down at my wrist to find inspiration to stay positive. Dig deeper. Push harder.
I played midfield again, scoring five goals…a new high for me. It is great to play on both sides of the ball. I normally prefer attack or defense, leaving out the running in between the restraining lines. However, I am enjoying the new challenge of taking the draws and playing middie.
My teammates are so supportive and fun to play with that it makes the game much more enjoyable. Caroline, who is going to Vanderbilt, had another impressive day scoring five goals as well. Even though she is the youngest and I am the oldest, the age difference doesn’t factor into our friendship on or off the field. She plays for a rival high school at home, and it will be great to cheer her on in her senior season when we return.
My friend and teammate Laurie got player of the game against England for her defensive efforts. The fact that our coaches planned in advance to bring us shirts for the “player of the game” shows how deeply they care about us and Ireland lacrosse. Their commitment, encouragement, and coaching makes a significant difference on and off the field. As we do to salute other teams at the end of the game, give me three cheers for Laurie: Hip Hip Hooray, Hip Hip Hooray, Hip Hip Hooray!
Today we play Germany. They beat Austria by a similar margin, and I imagine it will be a tough game. They are very fit, tall, and athletic. So are we. Looking for Green to pull out another win. Yesterday was a good day for Ireland with the men’s team beating Sweeden 12-4.
Wish us luck for another repeat. GO IRELAND! BEAT GERMANY!