Oct. 27, 2012
After four seasons of fighting for each treasured win, the field hockey game on Sunday will mark the final time that Olivia Whelly and Kelly Johansmeyer will put on a Siena Saint uniform.
“I'm not going to know what to do with all the free time,” Johansmeyer said. “I'm going to be sitting twiddling my thumbs.”
“I remember freshman year sitting at the first day of preseason and the seniors telling us to enjoy it while you can,” Whelly said. “I don't think you realize that until your time has come.”
The Last Meeting
October 23, 2011
Siena field hockey fell 4-0 at Sacred Heart Sunday in the team's final road game of the 2011 season. The Saints were outshot 19-4 by the Pioneers, and did not record a single look in the second half of play.
The two seniors have been through a lot during their stay at Siena. It's been tough on the field, especially the past two seasons. Victories have been hard to come by, seeming more difficult each time to accomplish. But even with all the down times in the program, the two captains have taken their experience and have grown through it all.
“It teaches you to learn from your mistakes,” Johansmeyer said. “Just keep on moving, at some point in the future you will reach that spot where you want to be.”
This never give up mentality has become the character of the class of 2013. First year head coach Kara Zappone describes them as resilient, and generals on and off the field.
“They're natural born leaders,” she said. “They are organized and ready to go and they have made my transition easy.”
Playing with their team has not only helped them develop memories from their college life, but also has aided them in finding the skills needed to be successful in the future.
“Field hockey has taught me a lot,” Whelly said. “I've learned dedication, team work, all of the essentials that will be needed in the real world.”
“The outcome of the game isn't always what you want it to be but if you lost, you have to learn from that loss to win your next game,” Johansmeyer said. “You always have to push yourself, whether its on the field or off the field, in academics, in you personal life in everything.”
Johansmeyer has been named to two NEC Fall Academic Honor Roll teams through her career and plans on finding a job in the actuarial science field.
For Whelly, Siena has given her the chance to continue playing the sport that she loves. With an appearance on Sunday she will tie the career games played record at Siena.
“Pretty much my whole life I've only had one dream and that was to play a Division I sport and I was extremely fortunate to play here,” she said. “It's really sad but I think I'm ready to move on the next stage of my life.”
Whelly has also received numerous academic awards including being selected September's Leo Dufort Student Athlete of the Month.
Both seniors will finish their career on Sunday as the Saints take on Sacred Heart. This will be the last time Siena could try for a win to end the 2012 season.
“It's extremely important for me to end on a high note,” Whelly said. “Not just for myself but for my teammates. I really want them to end on a good note so their off to a good start next year.”
But no matter what the scoreboard says at the end of the contest, Whelly and Johansmeyer will never forget the friends and memories they have made from being a Siena Saint and how that experience has shaped them into what they are today.
“We might not have got all the wins we wanted,” Whelly said. “But I really couldn't have asked for a better team to go through that with. We had some awesome and fun time that I will remember for the rest of my life.”