As part of hopefully a series of reflective pieces some former Generals look back on what they miss the most about playing college soccer at Washington and Lee. We feature the graduating class of 2013 who are still weirdly an extremely close class but one that I personally miss a great deal. They were great ambassadors for our program and continue to support the team, me and the program at every opportunity. They all had a great perspective on what it means to go through a four year career as a college athlete. At the end of the day it is and will always be about people.
As your former coach, but life-long supporter, I appreciate your dedication to the program since graduation. Whether it is coming to games, texts before and after games, text pics of you all together still doing weird stuff, drinks at my house when you get back to campus (even Toddy spilling her drinks) or just knowing that you are watching games online is very much appreciated and never taken for granted.
Overall record at Washington and Lee: 54-15-8. Conference Champions in 2009
Alex “Toddy” Todd: Defender from New Orleans, LA. Soon to be a graduate of UVA with a Masters of Science in Civil Engineering.
I miss the feeling you have on game day, waking up super excited, extremely distracted from everything else (but not caring about anything else that day so it doesn’t matter), playing in your head what will happen later that day. I love the hours leading up to game time, when you go to the locker room, blast crazy music, listen to your favorite pump-up song, hang out in the training room, snack on granola bars, and finally walk up to the field, really pumped up and ready to succeed in a Gennies Win Day! When everyone on the team (all of your best friends) are on the same page and in the same mindset going into game-time, it’s the best feeling ever. Because you know the next three hours are going to be filled with your favorite thing – competitive soccer – AND you know that when you win, you will have Dr. Fulcher’s peanut butter balls waiting for you in the locker room and you worked so hard in the game that you can eat 12 and not feel guilty.
Ainsley “Ainsbutt” Daigle: Midfielder from Lafayette, LA. Senior research assistant at the Federal Reserve Board in DC.
I miss playing in games that actually matter. Even if you can find ways to keep playing after college (adult leagues, intramural teams, playing with friends, etc.), you’ll never have that feeling of the game REALLY meaning something. That feeling of absolutely leaving it on the field to win. In fact, in adult leagues it’s kind of just awkward when people take it too seriously and you also get in trouble for slide tackling!
Hannah “Snack” Sackfield: Midfield player from Louisville, KY. Health and Benefits Actuarial Analyst at Mercer in Richmond, VA
What I miss the most: getting pumped up in the locker room before games; playing up on watt field, which has the best, most incredible views of campus, especially in the fall; post-practice stretch circle shenanigans; and last but not least, the 6 a.m. beep test (NOT!)
Katie “K-How” Howard: Midfield player from Atherton, CA. Event Production Assistant for One Kings Lane, NYC
- Preseason – It’s almost magical being on campus in August. Everyone is so excited about the season and finally being back in Lexington for another year. The fitness test is stressful, two-a-days are hard, you wake up so sore you’re not sure you can even do the warm up lap, but it’s so worth it.
- Nicknames – We have a habit of making up nicknames for people. It’s fun to look back and see how soccer nicknames easily became someone’s name around campus, not just on the field.
- The team – Playing soccer at W&L defined my entire college experience. Regardless of the team’s successes or failures, the group of people I got to spend every day with made the entire experience worth it. No other team got along on and off the field as well as we did or respected the program as much. I had immense pride walking around Lexington as a member of the soccer team, and still feel the same walking around wearing W&L soccer gear in NYC.