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Navy Women's Lacrosse Player Blog - Kathy Young

Nov. 2, 2010

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Different members of the Navy women's lacrosse program will be providing periodic updates on the happenings of the team throughout the offseason on The women's lacrosse team, led by head coach Cindy Timchal, won its first Patriot League Championship in 2010 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Stay current with the team by reading the Navy Women's Lacrosse Player Blog as they prepare to defend their Patriot League crown.

Player Blog #1 - Baileigh Kimball

The second installment of the Navy Women's Lacrosse Player Blog comes from sophomore midfielder Kathy Young.

It's been easy to practice along the Severn recently- this fall has been absolutely beautiful! With fall ball done, we have the next few months to start thinking of our season ahead and have been patiently waiting for our final spring schedule to be released. In this period of less pressure, we definitely have found time to enjoy ourselves.

The annual Halloween party was hilarious this year. Always surprising the team with something clever, the coaches were Yankee Candles, with the costumes designed by our assistant coach and artist Waags (Assistant coach Kristen Waagbo). Body paint was the unofficial theme this year- I've never seen so many blue people in one room before! Between about six or seven Smurfs and two Avatars, almost everyone had a blue handprint on them by the end of the day. Jasmine DePompeo and Emily Mellin, the Avatars, won the costume contest. They looked incredible with homemade loincloths, metallic blue body paint, tails, braided wigs, and blue tights. There were M&M's, Powerpuff Girls, hula girls, a trio of superheroes, "stars" in the night sky and a pair of dancing gorillas. Katrina Nietsch, one of the gorillas, rekindled her childhood and roller skated around Wesley Brown in the gorilla suit during the scavenger hunt organized by our team captain Caitlin Mandrin Hill. We ended with the traditional bobbing for apples and the awards.

The women's lacrosse team was honored on the field at the New Meadowlands Stadium during the Navy-Notre Dame football game

A few weeks ago on a Friday night, Kesha, 3OH3 and the Goo Goo Dolls came to the Academy and about a dozen girls from the team were front row center together. Hours later at 4:30 am the entire Brigade loaded 50-some buses to head to the New Meadowlands Stadium outside New York City. During each home football game, a team is honored for their accomplishments last year. We really lucked out and were honored for our Patriot League Championship at the Navy-Notre Dame game.

We watched the first quarter from on the field and then lined up in the end zone between the first and second quarter to be acknowledged. It was such a special moment to be with our team in front of a sold-out crowd of 75,000 people to recognize all of our hard work and success from last season. Navy football played exceptionally and we won! Since my brother graduated from Notre Dame last spring, [twin sister] Beth [Young] and I can enjoy another year of family bragging rights!

Depending on how the football team does with the rest of their season, Navy could be play in the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego, California over Christmas break. In an attempt to top last year's Texas Bowl in Houston over New Years, a bunch of girls on the team are already planning our trips to the West Coast to attend the game and enjoy a few days in southern California with our best friends.

The plebes have all been adjusting well to their new home and really contributed this fall on and off the field. The upperclassmen help them with chemistry or sorting through a bad day and they in turn bring endless energy to the locker room and talent to practice.

Being in the midst of 12-week exams, it is crunch time but the semester is flying by and Thanksgiving is in the near future. Our schedule should be coming out soon and with rumors of some big teams this spring, we've all been putting some extra time on the wall. As coach Timchal always says before each game, "today will never come again" and in that spirit, the team has been enjoying all the opportunities the Naval Academy offers.


- Kathy Young #38



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