Field Hockey

2016 NCAA Tournament Final Four | 5 NCAA Tournaments | 2 Conference Championships

Senior Reflection: Field Hockey's Haley Pesce

Senior Reflection: Field Hockey's Haley Pesce

Throughout my time at Babson, I have had the opportunity to pursue many passions of mine. Babson students are a community of people with a strong work ethic and desire for self-betterment, partaking in various clubs. Being a Division III student-athlete on the varsity field hockey team gave me the opportunity to balance school and multiple extracurricular activities. I chose to join several clubs aligned with my goals and passions, including the Yoga Club, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), the Education Abroad Peer Advisor Program (EAPA), and the Outdoors Club.

I have recently completed my field hockey career at Babson. Having the ability to pursue field hockey beyond high school was something that I hoped to do when choosing the college I would attend. When I first visited Babson, I was not instantly enchanted, that is until I met the team and did an overnight. I aspired to be a part of this team one day, one full of grit, and a work hard/play hard mentality. This fierce group of women was led by a stellar coaching staff, Julie Ryan having closed the deal for me to ultimately attend.

I was fortunate enough to be a part of a nationally-ranked team during my freshman year, being the first field hockey team from Babson to attend the NCAA Division III Final Four. We continued to be ranked for the remainder of my career, competing with top teams like Middlebury, Bates, and Tufts. We won one NEWMAC Tournament Championship, captured four regular season titles, and had three NCAA Tournament appearances, the 2020 class to become the most decorated to pass through Babson.

I would be remiss if I did not mention my experience on the team itself. It's safe to say the past four years have been the best four years of my life. I have met women over the years that I've been able to create unbreakable bonds with, through the ups and downs of the college experience, on and off the field. On the field, we have basked in the glory of winning seasons, but have come together in times of sorrowful defeat. Babson has not only given me amazing teammates, but lifelong friends that will extend well past my four years, and for that I am eternally grateful.

I have met amazing role models who have taught me life lessons beyond the game of field hockey. To me, each year our team has been defined not only as teammates, but as a family. This is noticeable when people witness the trust and love we have for each other. Babson has definitely been my home away from home over the past four years, and this is all thanks to the lovely women who've inspired and motivated me each and every day.

I would be negligent if I did not mention the coaching staff that has led me to success throughout my career. Julie Ryan, Kirsten Kilburn, Lindsey O'Coin, and Summer Washburn have taught me to trust the process and have instilled the belief that you will get out everything that you are willing to put into the program. The level of skill, work ethic and selflessness they expect from each and every player is comparable to that of a Division I team, but this has only made our achievements possible. Once I recognized the need to buy into their path for each individual, I was astonished by the impact this had on my skill set. The lessons I have learned from these four are greatly applicable for my career and beyond, and for that I am thankful.

The amazing thing about being a student-athlete at Babson is that not only are you receiving a superior business education (marketing and global management major), but you are a part of an extremely competitive and tight-knit athletics community. You have a huge opportunity to have a meaningful impact as a leader at Babson and make your mark. I wanted to use this senior reflection as a means to thank all of those who I've met along the way, especially my teammates and coaches, as well as the entire athletics staff here at Babson, and most importantly my family who supported me through this journey. To those who are considering pursuing their athletics career at Babson, I encourage you to look no further. The lifelong lessons, friends, and laughs you have over the four years will impact you in ways you could never imagine.

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