Girls’ field hockey takes the game to Bermuda

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By Hannah Bolandian ’19

Coming off of an exciting championship, Staples girls’ field hockey is gearing up for the 2017 season with an upcoming trip to Bermuda. The trip will consist of team bonding on the peaceful beaches and preparation for the upcoming season on the field.

Zag Sports, an international sports facility and program, is hosting the girls for a week of field hockey, community service, snorkeling, paddle boarding and more.

“I am most excited to spend time with my team on and off the field.” Christine Taylor ’18, rising senior captain, said. “I think this trip will bond us together and will make us that much closer.”

While in Bermuda, the team will experience playing the sport in a new, tropical setting. They will also have the opportunity to play with various international teams and be coached by professionals from all over the world.

“It will be a little scary and nerve racking to be overseas, but it is an adventure to look forward to, Elle Fair ’19, rising junior captain, said.

When the girls aren’t on the field, they will partake in charitable events, such as donating school supplies and other resources to an orphanage.

Ultimately, the team looks forward to forming a tighter bond from the trip, which will help with their chemistry on and off the field. Goalie Bridget Mulloy ’19 is hoping for “some fun team bonding on the beautiful beaches.”

Head coach Ian Tapsall believes that sending the team to the Zag Sports camp in Bermuda will improve their skills for the upcoming season, especially having prior experience with the program; his daughter previously went and claimed to love it. “I’m excited to see my girls make the most of the Bermuda trip. I know it’ll be very beneficial and we’ll have a lot to work off of when the season starts,” Tapsall said.

Kicking off the 2017 season in Bermuda has the team buzzing with excitement.

“I’m most excited to be with the team again because we all have such good chemistry and also train hard during the summer so we can win another state championship,” Gabriela Vega ’18 said.