Coming into the preseason my freshman year I didn't really know what to expect, other than I was going to have to keep my head down and work hard to earn a spot on the team. I was nervous to be at the bottom of the food chain again, but was beyond excited to compete at the collegiate level and meet my new teammates.
It’s taken me four years to fully understand, and I’m sure I’ll appreciate it more as I grow older and am an alum, but I’ve learned that Babson hockey is not just four years of your life. It’s much more than that.
As I entered my freshman year at Babson, I was filled with anticipation and excitement surrounding the countless learning opportunities I would soon experience. What I didn’t expect, though, was that some of the most important lessons I’d gain throughout college would come from varsity athletics, and that many of those lessons would be more valuable than anything I could have gained in the classroom.
As I returned back to campus this fall, I had one thing on my mind and that was winning a NEWMAC championship. I had high hopes for my team. We were veteran heavy and returning 13 players from the previous year, when we went 18-9 overall. My teammates and I all shared the same goals and knew getting to where we wanted to be was not going to be easy.
I frequently reflect on my red-eye flight to Babson the night before move-in: August 27, 2015, United flight 1976 from Phoenix to Newark, and then a quick hop from Newark to Boston the morning of August 28, move-in day. I did not swim in high school, but was a swimmer for most of my childhood before taking four years off from the sport.
The biggest thing I learned from playing volleyball at Babson College was how to embrace the struggles that life throws at you. A consistent theme that Coach Neely preached throughout my three years with the program was having to “deal with adversity”, whether it be manufactured intentionally or having occurred naturally.
BABSON PARK, Mass.—After concluding her career as the most decorated player in program history, Babson College field hockey senior Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) had the opportunity to attend a U.S. Developmental Team trial on January 20-22 in Lancaster, Pa.
The Babson men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams spent the early parts of 2019 in the Sunshine State during their annual winter training trip. Sophomore Celine Nie compiled a video montage that chronicled their experience.
My name is Kayla Schinik and I am a junior on the Babson softball team. Having such a huge passion for traveling and exploring different cities and cultures, I chose Babson knowing that I would be able to study abroad one semester while also playing a sport. This past semester I had the opportunity to study abroad at the University of Sydney in Australia. Australia was my top pick because I believed it would be great for me to go (very) far away to meet new people (and ironically some that live in close proximity at Babson that I otherwise may have never met), explore a continent that I'd never been, and experience a completely different side of the world. That was the best decision I have ever made.
After a successful four-year All-American field hockey career at Babson College, Reading’s Ashley Tango was chosen to be one of nearly 100 prospective field hockey players to try out for the United States national team.
Hi! My name is Victoria Casey, and I am a junior on the Babson College softball team. This past semester I had the opportunity to study abroad at the University of Sydney in Australia. It truly was one of the most incredible experiences and it taught me so much about myself and about life.
My name is Brett Bottomley and I am a senior on the Babson men's lacrosse team from Mercer Island, Washington. During the fall semester, I was an exchange student at the Singapore Management University (SMU) in Bras Basah, Singapore.
Babson College goaltenders Matt Pompa and Bryan Botcher both knew when they arrived on campus for the 2015-16 season, playing time would come at premium. All-everything senior Jaime Murray was at the helm, after all.
Babson field hockey Senior Catherine Gilman's motto this season has been to play for her mom, who was diagnosed with breast cancer last fall, and Saturday will be no different as the NEWMAC field hockey programs will be participating in the fifth annual PLay4theCure Day.
Babson women's soccer senior Jessica Fernandes talks about EvvGirl, and the impact that the Bard family has had on the team. Evan, whose favorite color was pink, lost her life in a drunk driving car crash in May 2013. Evan was a nursing student and cheerleader at Curry College, where she was studying to become a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) nurse. To honor Evan's memory, the EvvGirl Foundation is funding the NICU Webcam Project and Seize the Keys Drunk Driving Educational Program.
Babson Associate Athletics Director and head men’s soccer coach Jon Anderson ’75 reminisces about Homecoming over the years, speaks to alumni and families returning this weekend, and previews their golf tournament.