Senior Generals in the Spotlight

February 21, 2017 by

Today’s Generals in the Spotlight are two seniors from Virginia, Tricia Jessee and Ashley Hogan.

Tricia Jessee is from Roanoke, Virginia and will be graduating this coming May with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Tricia says her favorite thing to do is order pizza and watch her favorite movie, Talladega Nights. Jessee finished her college career competing in 66 matches all while registering 42 goals and 14 assists.

Senior, Ashley Hogan is from Richmond, Virginia and will be graduating in May with a degree in accounting and business administration. Ashley’s favorite food is mac and cheese and will be attending the University of Virginia in the fall, pursuing a Master’s Degree.

Check out tricia-jessee-and-ashley-hogan-profile for more fun facts!

GENERALS IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Two Virginia Natives

February 17, 2017 by

The Generals in the spotlight today are both first-years from Virginia, Emily Roche’ and Kelsey Anderson.

Emily Roche’ hails from Ashburn, Virginia, where she likes to listen to her favorite band, The Killers. Emily has shown lots of character and poise in her time playing on the back line this past season.

Kelsey Anderson is from Alexandria, Virginia, which is where the hit TV series, The Walking Dead, takes place. Kelsey plans to major in math and says she loves everything about Washington and Lee University. This freshman forward is a lefty and has speed. We are expecting great things from Kelsey next year.

Check out emily-roche-and-kelsey-andersons-blog for more facts about them.

Southern Californians in the Generals Spotlight

February 15, 2017 by

The Generals in the spotlight today are two Southern Californians, senior Katie Pettit and sophomore Danielle Spickard.
Katie Pettit, from San Diego will be graduating in May with a degree Economics and minor in environmental studies. Katie’s leadership on and off the field will be greatly missed next year.
Danielle Spickard, a sophomore from Valencia, California is majoring in accounting and finance. She is a big contributor in the midfield and has a huge soft spot for her LA Kings NHL team.

Check out kps-and-danielles-profile for more fun facts.

GENERAL IN THE SPOTLIGHT: LEEANN PASSARO

February 13, 2017 by

Leeann Passaro is a first-year goalkeeper from Upper Saddle River, N.J. Passaro comes to the Generals after spending her high school career at The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey. Leeann is a three-year letter winner and helped her Lawrenceville team to the 2014 and 2015 conference championships. Check out leeanns-profile for some fun facts.

PRE-SEASON IS OVER: It’s about to get real.

September 2, 2016 by

 

warm upIt seems like we have been in pre-season for about a month already but then after watching the team play today it looks like I recruited players from the island of misfit toys. I am of course just kidding. It has been an exceptional training camp and the players, new and old have worked extremely hard to get us to the point of our first real competition.

We have stressed the need to compete during this
first couple of weeks: with yourself, teammates and this weekend with the opposipooltion. I feel confident that we will rise to the occasion and play very well this weekend.

Our challenges have been very real. We have 11 first year players (I think some of them may have played before, but for others it may be their first actual year) and it is always a challenge to bring in a big class and fuse it with some tough and ultra competitive veterans. Our first year’s have been well educated so far and they have not even attended a class yet.

seniorsOur senior class has been stellar and provided a thoroughly enjoyable working environment for all and as the Head Coach I have to say it has been a very smooth pre-season indeed. Returning players came in fit and ready for the challenge of competing for a conference title and our rookies just follow along like minions eager to please.

First day fitness test saw a new standard as junior Olivia Hunter and rookie Kelsey Chamberlin beat the previous record set by Erin Harvey just last year. They were closely followed by Becca Morris and Caroline Peters and signs were very positive. I will refrain from mentioning the bottom of the list because some of those characters have since redeemed themselves and are now allowed to eat with the team and not have to rely on Tricia Jessee’s pizza crusts. It’s
all about improvement!
The week and a half has consisted of hard soccer training sessions, video breakdown sessions, lectures on “life”, great food in the D-hall and off campus at some of our favorite places (Franks and Blue Sky) Ice baths, treatment sessions for hang nails and twisted socks, individual meetings and progress reports, Croquet parties, ice cream socials, movie nights, strolls on the Chessie Trail, meetings with faculty advisers, picking classes advice from the veterans, off campus housing tours, upper division housing tours, and I am sure lots of other stuff that coaches don’t get invited to.

HERE ARE SOME HIGHLIGHTS/NOTABLE PERFORMANCES FROM THE FIRST COUPLE OF WEEKS. (not ranked in order of importance)

  1. Eight of the top 10 performers in the fitness test were returning players.
  2.  The team has broken the record for the most strawberries consumed in a week.
  3. We have so far absolutely managed to be “all-in” every daygnome
  4. Seniors have been magnificent. KP, Clem, Hollister, TJ and Nugget; thanks for a great start
  5. We are undefeated
  6. Chandler Wickers is a GNOME (oops) Chandler Wickers wins the Gnome! Typo….
  7. Caroline Hahn wears her practice gear the right way around all week
  8. Kelsey Jervis has kicked every player thus far and clearly has me and the trainer in her sights.
  9. Practice uniforms are really good looking
  10. The new fields are excellent

Excited to compete this weekend with this group and see where we stand and more importantly see where we will finish in a few months.

Cheers,

Coach Neil

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Gennies do some community work

May 18, 2016 by

Katie Pettit rallied some players and gave a little back to our campus community this week. After two weeks of rain and thunderstorms, the generals finally had a chance to volunteer at Washington and Lee’s back campus garden. This half acre garden grows vegetables and herbs used by both the W&L dining services and Campus Kitchens. It also has two resident ducks! (Apparently one is rather aggressive). The highlights include Syd and Megan planting a row of tomatoes, Kelsey and Carol raking out manure, and KP, Becca, and Peters being the ultimate weeders. Overall a very fun experience!

 

 

CONWAY CUP TOURNAMENT

April 21, 2016 by

On Saturday April 9th three of us seniors (Addie, Meaghan, and Becca) took a break from “studying” for finals to participate in the Conway Cup, a benefit soccer tournament for ALS. Here’s a quick recap of our performance: Thanks to our teammates for joining us.

Games 1 and 2:

We walked onto the Liberty Hall fields (“the ones by the law school?” – senior-who-will-remain-unnamed) accompanied by a blizzard. Yes, in April. The first whistle blew before the rest of the team arrived and the youngins’ (KP and Liv) were ready to go… but for the seniors, their hearts wanted to play that full 25 but their bodies were telling them NO. Fortunately, the rest of the group hustled in just in time. About 5 minutes in, Meaghan went down for a tackle (which she won) but at the cost of pulling a groin…you don’t need two of those, right? Shortly there after Becca played a forbidden square pass (NO SQUARE PASSES, DUNNY!!!).

  • Results: Two draws.
  • Energizer Bunny award: Becca Morris
  • Referee: Biased for the other team
  • Morale Level: “We are just as good as everybody else!”

Game 3:

After a quick break at DHall, we returned, stomachs full (too full), for game number 3. Meanwhile, Meaghan was taking an exam (wait it’s exam week?) and the boys vacated for a cook out. Despite players down, the generals came out flying and quickly went up by 3.

  • Highlights: KP had a hat-trick, Dunny hit one top shelf, Olivia made a record number of tackles, and Addie enjoyed a sandwich in the goal.
  • Energizer Bunny award: Still Becca Morris
  • Results: 6 – 0
  • Referee: Not biased
  • Morale Level: “ON TOP OF THE WORLD”
  • Disclaimer: Opponent was a highschool girl’s team…

Game 5: (skipping game 4…#notbitter)

Next up, VMI cadets. But don’t let the uniforms fool you, they were sub-par. Despite the fact that no one could feel any of their limbs, the generals brought all they had left to the game. They clenched the W, outscoring the VMIs 6 to 1. VMI were such sore losers they insisted that we go into a PK shootout. After 1000000 pks later (one notably scored by Addie – this is surprisingly not a joke) we finally were determined winners.

  • Highlight reel:
    • KP took down a 250 lb, 6’2 burly man and came out with the ball
    • In the last minute, Meaghan had to hobble off due to an aggressive toenail injury (miraculously all is still in tact, although slightly)
    • Addie invented a revolutionary save technique – trapping the ball with her face from feet away
    • Dunny decided to spectate for this one (something about some extra studying on the sidelines?)
    • And Becca Morris didn’t shed a drop of sweat and still had a smile on her face the whole time. Does that girl ever get tired??

Overall, even though we can barely walk right now, we are really happy we participated in this event. It reminded us of how much we love this sport and how much we miss playing every day. Special thanks to Professor Dickovick for putting the team together! You’re the true MVP.

-Addie, Meggo, and Dunny

Conway Cup

 

Sydney Abrisz is “getting after it”

April 20, 2016 by

First year player Sydney Abrisz is not one to sit around in the off-season. Congrats to her and Dad for completing the RVA Monument Avenue 10k. At least Dad wore the colors!

Lauren Abraham Crosses Over To The Darkside.

April 19, 2016 by

Lauren Abraham, class of 2015 decides to give back to her school and the sport she loves. Mills Godwin Alum and Richmond Strikers club player talks about coaching and what it means to her.

“You Can Call Me Coach Abe”

It’s been well over a year now since I stepped out on the field for the last time wearing the blue and white. I remember as soon as I “hung up my cleats” it only took me a couple days to realize I couldn’t stay away from the game long.

Like most Grandma Gennies I started exploring my retirement options. Don’t be confused – I didn’t join a golf club or start playing bridge – instead I began trying out different indoor soccer leagues and pick up teams around the Richmond area where I live. While it was fun to get back out on the field, I felt pretty unfulfilled by these options. I’m not sure whether it was the guys on my team who refused to pass me the ball or hearing that my senior captain K-Law (who I always considered a freak of nature and indestructible) blew her knee out in a “friendly” league game, but whatever it was I felt like I needed something more.

Luckily, I had a right place, right time kind of moment and was offered the position as an assistant soccer coach at my alma mater, Mills. E Godwin High School. Going back to Godwin to coach meant not only returning back to a program that I was apart of for four years and meant so much to me, but it also meant coaching alongside my former coach, Ali Toole.

Ali, hands down, has been one of the most influential figures in my soccer career. As a former University of Maryland player and assistant coach, Ali ultimately returned back to Richmond to start a family and coach at Godwin where she also attended high school and played soccer. Ali and I always connected through the passion and love we had for the game. She taught me what it meant to be a good player, teammate, friend, and just overall person. As you can probably tell from my rambling, being asked to come back to coach with Ali was a huge honor and something I was over the moon excited about.

Coming back to Godwin to coach has not only filled that desire I was looking for after my college soccer career, but it also has provided me a different type of satisfaction and joy that I don’t think you can necessarily get from just playing this game. The group of young women that I have had the pleasure to coach is the main reason I have felt such fulfillment. The team is made up of nineteen players that are all different and unique, but each one of them bring something to the program that makes what we have extremely special. Similarly to the W&L program, we are a family at Godwin. We work to not only develop these girls as soccer players, but also as people.

Now don’t get me wrong – we are competitive on the soccer field. Thus far, we have six girls committed to play college soccer at the Division I level (still working on some future Gennies as well) and many of our girls play for ECNL teams. We currently have a record of 6-0 and have only let up one goal in regular season play. Our goal is to win a state title – something that no Godwin Girls Soccer team has done before – and there is no doubt in my mind that this group can achieve just that.

Since earning my new title of “Coach Abe,” I have learned more over these past two months of coaching than I really could have ever imagined. A few highlights… 1) Thank you Coach. I have to thank Coach for all the hard work that he does behind the scenes that often goes unnoticed. Without you there is no program and sometimes I think people forget that. You made my college soccer career what it was and I will always be grateful for the opportunities you gave me. 2) Less is sometimes more. I often forget that half of what coach’s say is in one ear and out the other. I have started to learn that being short and concise (you can imagine this is hard for me judging this blog post) when talking or explaining things to your players is far more effective then rambling on forever.  3) Individual relationships are so important. Sometimes coaching revolves so much around big picture, team stuff that individual relationships are overlooked or not given much attention. In my short coaching experience, I make the individual relationships with my players top priority knowing how important this is when helping them not only on the field, but also off of it. 4) You will always want to play, but you can’t. I’m pretty sure some of my players thought they were going to have to pull me off the field during our first scrimmage. There was a moment where I literally forgot I wasn’t allowed to sub into the game. I now recognize that all you can do as a coach is provide your players with the tools to succeed, but they have to do the rest. 5) Passion for the game. One of my favorite parts about coaching is being able to share my passion for the game with others. You can’t fake passion and players can feel this energy you bring everyday. My hope is that my passion for soccer inspires my players and helps them develop their own love for the game.

While I certainly miss working hard at practice everyday, lacing up for big games, and being out on the field with my teammates, I now have a new outlet where I can share my passion for this game that I love so much – coaching.

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Recruiting Opportunities: Send us your schedule.

February 23, 2016 by

The Washington and Lee coaching staff  will be attending the following tournaments. If you are still interested in being evaluated please send us your schedule. Make sure to include full team name, jersey number and position.

jeff cupMarch 24-26th, 2016

 

SSApril 9-10th, 2016

 

blue chip logoApril 15-17th, 2016