Student Blogger Ally Hecht: A Force to be Reckoned With

Dec 06, 2019

“Coach Ben, you know what is funny to think about?”

“What, Ally?”

“The fact that I am a collegiate lacrosse player.”

Each day as I take my short walk to the western most part of campus, I can’t help but wonder, “How did I end up here?” I never meant for my chilly fall days to be spent walking toward the unexplored corner of campus. Nonetheless, here I am walking to lacrosse practice.

Hidden behind the monstrous and ever-so-daunting football field, sits the newly constructed Rosen Field—home to the men and women’s lacrosse teams. The turf is unsettled, scoreboard is unused, and each piece of equipment sits ready for the season ahead.

When I enter the locker room, commotion instantly the fills the air. Multiple players are simultaneously jamming out while putting on their cleats. Some are discussing the epic shot they made or plan to make, while others are strategically concentrated on the practice ahead. No matter what, each player radiates pure joy and devotion, myself included. These people that were mere strangers four months ago, now compose the greatest team I’ve ever been a part of. Together we are a force to be reckoned with.

We step onto the field for our final preseason practice and immediately my brain is flooded with memories of my first day on campus. If you told me 3 years ago that I would spend my senior year attempting a new, aggressive, land sport I’d assume you were joking…because, honestly, it’s funny to think about. However, this is what the Morningside experience is all about—getting out of your comfort zone and learning something new.

So here I am—a collegiate lacrosse player.