The following post is from rising junior (wow!), Hollis Tardy:
Rising Senior and Journalism Major, Meaghan Latella, is currently interning at the Hartford Courant, a newspaper out of Hartford, CT. Below is the link to her most recent article covering the the Women’s World Cup Gold Medal Game.
This weekend I want to wish Roz Klann all the very best as she ties the knot in her hometown, Denver, CO. I first met Roz when she attended our soccer camp at the end of her junior year of high school. Having just spent a few days in Denver before the wedding I am not sure why she left the state but I am thankful she did. Roz had a stellar career for the Generals ending in an ODAC championship her senior year and her influence on the team has been sorely missed.
Roz is one of the most selfless athletes I have ever coached and she would do anything for the program. This was exemplified her senior year when she voluntarily gave up playing her preferred central midfield position to play left midfield because it was the best thing for the team.
Roz was a fierce competitor that hated to lose in any game at practice and was a coaches dream( at least this coach). What I personally miss since Roz graduated in 2010 is her sense of humor, her passion for mischief, and her willingness to push herself and her teammates to be better players and people.
Roz (and her sidekick Maggie) invented the stealing of the gnome after the croquet party and that tradition is still alive and well. She was the first player I remember that started the bright soccer cleat phase, culminating in some bright orange rascals her senior year. She also produced at least one memorable attempt per season to score off a bicycle kick which was always entertaining ( she will claim she scored one if you stick around to listen).
I have been truly blessed to have known you now 10 years and I appreciate you staying connected to the program. It means a lot to receive your texts and other messages. Your successes at W&L and since graduation are not a surprise and I could not be happier for you and Brendan. What could be better than marrying another General?
Much happiness to you both and there is always room at Chez Cunningham for you guys. Looking forward to sharing your special day. It’s truly my honor to be there.
This month is wedding month for a couple of former Generals. First up this weekend is Page Minton our very own southern belle/tough KY kid from Bowling Green, KY. It seems like just yesterday (actually it does not, but people say that) that I sat in Memphis, TN on a cold Saturday night to watch Page play for Tennessee Futbol Club. We then convinced her to come to campus and attend our ID camp and the rest, as they say, is history.
Page was a phenomenal servant to the program and a loyal advocate of doing things the ‘Gennies way.” She is one of the most influential and versatile players we have ever had in the program. Page would play anywhere for the team and absolutely anywhere I asked her to play. In my time at Washington and Lee I am confident in the statement that she is one of the only players to have played at the back, midfield and as a makeshift forward from time to time.
Page was always a ferocious competitor who hated to lose and more importantly she had the mentality to come to practice every day and play her best. She had that southern way to demand the same from her teammates in a non-threatening manner and was an extremely popular player: voted Captain her senior year.
Coaches will always miss players like Page because they are selfless, dedicated and understand what it means to be truly accountable. I miss Page as much for what she did on the field as what she gave me in terms of laughs, intelligent office conversations and the ability to relate to anyone and everyone.
Page and Corbin, I wish you well and a lifetime of health and happiness. I thank you most sincerely for the opportunity to share your special day on Saturday. It means a lot. See you in “God’s Country.”
Once a General, always a General.
Enjoy the Soccer Pictures
Spring Term Abroad- Seville, Spain
I’ve been lucky enough to have spent the last three weeks in beautiful Seville, Spain studying and completely immersing myself in Spanish culture. It’s hard to believe that I only have one week left here… time has definitely flown by! I have been living with my host mom, María Dolores, an extremely friendly and loving mother with four daughters and many grandchildren that are always spending time at the house. There’s no possible way for me to list everything that I’ve learned and experienced since my arrival, but here are some highlights:
- People are more important than the food and the coffee. I know that this sounds kind of weird and obvious, but the company is always more important than the taste of the food or the drinks. Don’t complain if it takes the waiter a longer time to show up to your table to take your order or if your food doesn’t arrive at the table in 10 minutes. No one is in a rush to scarf down their food because people enjoy spending time with their company.
- It is really hot. I always brag about the fact that I’m used to the heat since I’m from Phoenix, AZ, but even for me, it is really hot. If you don’t go for a run early in the morning before class, you have to wait until around 8pm for the next opportunity unless you want to die of heat stroke. For instance, one of the students on our trip left her house to go for a run around 5pm until her host mother chased her down the street to tell her that the heat was too dangerous and that she needed to come back inside.
- Walking is the best way to get around. Not only is it more enjoyable, but also in many Spanish cities, driving is a hassle. The roads are really small and most of them are one-way, so it may even take longer to get somewhere in a car than just simply walking.
- If you’re trying to improve your speaking skills in a foreign language, actually use it! There are way too many students that have been studying abroad here since January who still can’t speak any Spanish because they refuse to use it when they talk to friends. The Center, where we study, requires that we use Spanish all of the time, and we’ve been doing just that with only a few exceptions. Not only do we use Spanish in class and in our homes, but we also use it in just normal conversations, and everyone’s Spanish skills have improved tremendously since we’ve arrived.
- If you ever travel to Seville, the two things that you must see are a flamenco performance and a bullfight. The first week of class, our group had the opportunity to see one of the best traditional flamenco performances in Spain. Although we had to sprint the last few hundred yards to the theater before the doors closed, it was all worth it. The flamenco singers, guitarists, and dancers all put on a great performance and I am extremely happy that I got the opportunity to see it. Last Sunday, we also went to a bullfight. It was really hard to believe that one of the bullfighters was my age! The rituals, traditional clothing, and enthusiasm of the crowd are all factors that make it a really incredible experience.
Although we’ve had the opportunity to visit Córdoba, Madrid, Toledo, Cádiz, and Granada, Seville is still my favorite. I will definitely miss this city, but it has left me with many unforgettable experiences.
Susan, Daniel,Anna and I have made a gift to challenge all past and present women’s soccer players to make a gift on give day. We need 5000 gifts in 24 hours. Women’s soccer can lead the way. Go to wlu.edu to make a gift now.
Check it out at: http://rockbridgereport.washingtonandlee.net/?p=14333
The following post was written by sophomores Katie Clemmons and Hollis Tardy…
After being apart for way too long, the Gennies finally reconvened on Saturday to help serve the community by enjoying the afternoon at the Mayflower Retirement Home in downtown Lexington. The residents were very excited to have visitors and loved making conversation about family, friends, and just life in general! The event was organized by Katie Clemmons and Hollis Tardy for the Generals Leadership Academy, a program that teaches W&L student athletes strong leadership skills for their athletic teams and future communities and careers.