Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Mardi Gras Win

Our first tournament of the official college season went extremely well. After traveling through blizzards and ice storms and taking anywhere from 15 to 24 hours to drive down to Baton Rouge, it was a relief Saturday morning waking up to sunshine and mild temperatures. Bella Donna came out strong, with a desire to play born from -25° windchills. The girls won all of Saturday's games by at least 10 points, ignoring the standing water that covered our field. After a first round bye on Sunday and a move to fields that didn't have six inches of mud, we were ready for anything. Quarterfinals against Vanderbilt went smoothly 13-1, leading to semis against an Arkansas reunion team. The girls came out strong, but lagged after half, only managing to finish the game 10-8. 

A team pep talk before finals (against a conglomerate Eau Claire/Milwaukee team) decided that no matter what happened we would all be involved and excited, pumped to keep the team going. This manifested itself in the girls cheering whether we got the point or not, rushing the field when we did get the point, sidelines getting D's every point, and ultimately a 13-5 win. Ending our first tournament so strongly bodes well for the rest of the season and we cannot wait for Trouble in Vegas this weekend.


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