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Field Hockey News




he 2014 season is upon us! Yale Field Hockey will play its second season on the royal blue turf. Last year the Ivy League competition was fierce. Yale eagerly embraces the challenge of competing against the best in the Ivy League and throughout its 17-game 2014 season. It is set to be another thrilling fall campaign, and we hope that you can be a part of the action at both home and away games. It was a banner year of fundraising in 2013-14, as we exceeded our $55,000 annual giving goal. We achieved that with nearly 90 individual donors. But our work is not done. We aim to increase our participation to 100% of members of the Yale Field Hockey Association, made up of field hockey alumnae, managers, coaches, family, and donors to the Association in the last five years. It is imperative that we keep the momentum going to allow Caroline Ruth Thompson ’02 Head Coach of Field Hockey Pam Stuper and Associate Head Coach Tamara Durante to sustain the excellence of this program. Let’s all get involved and do our parts to not only achieve our goal but also to set the precedent for years to come! Ready for the 2014-15 challenge? Our annual giving goal in 2014-15 is $55,000. The work of our Association is crucial to the overall success of our program. How does your contribution impact the program? Let’s take a look: • $2500 ($500/year for 5 years) provides critical support of expensive recruiting and out-of-region travel costs. Yale’s appreciation for this gift includes inscribing your name at the top of one of the beautiful lockers in the Yale Field Hockey team’s locker room. Just fill out a locker pledge form and send it and your payment to: victoria.untiet@ For family members looking for that perfect gift to an alumna or current player, this is it! • $1,000 ($200/year for 5 years) supports necessary equipment purchases, such as balls, sticks, cages, uniforms, and other costs. Yale’s appreciation includes inscribing your name inside one of the team’s lockers, so that every year the current players can be reminded of those teammates who came before them. Just fill out a locker pledge form and send it and your payment to:

• $500 ($100/year for 5 years) supports critical computer and software upgrades, video editing software, and online game film exchange. • $100 helps defray the cost of the field hockey players’ travel (meals, lodging, and transportation) on the road. • $50 provides one player’s practice gear (shirt, shorts, and socks). • $25 provides one player’s per diem for game day. Truly, no gift is too small, and every gift counts toward helping the field hockey program achieve its goals. There are multiple ways to show your support, outlined below: Write a check payable to Yale University and mail it to Yale Field Hockey Association, P.O. Box 1844, New Haven, CT 06508-1844. Visit to pay by credit card and be sure to select Athletics and then Field Hockey in the drop down menu. You can also donate stocks and securities, transfer credit card points, make a planned gift, and give through your reunion. Visit our Association page for more information. And for those in the classes of 1975, 1985, 1995, and 2005, all gifts count towards your reunion giving this fiscal year. Thank you in advance for supporting Yale Field Hockey. We need everyone to step up and do her part. Yale Field Hockey was an integral part of all our educational and athletic experiences, and this is the time to give back to ensure the same for those who follow in our footsteps. Every gift matters – our goal is 100% participation of Yale Field Hockey Association members. Follow the 2014 team on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Go Bulldogs! Lorraine Pratte Lewis ’78 President, Yale Field Hockey Assoc.

Heather Orrico ’07 Chair, Fundraising Committee

More about these giving methods, including reunion giving, can be found by visiting:



COACH’S CORNER Dear Association Members, “I believe in the triumph of the human spirit, whether it is the determination and desire it takes for a bunch of individuals to come together as a team and win, or the courage and strength it takes to fight cancer.”—1996 Olympian Leslie Lyness, one of my former USA teammates. CAROLINE RUTH THOMPSON '02 HEAD COACH OF FIELD HOCKEY, PAM STUPER

This was just one of the amazing responses I received in reply to an email I sent to my former USA teammates, coaches, and staff on Monday, July 14. Here’s an excerpt of what I wrote:

Dear USA teammates, coaches, and staff, Twenty years ago Team USA earned a bronze medal at the 1994 World Cup in Dublin, Ireland. It seems like yesterday that Coach Martin, alongside Doc, was yelling, “USA…Do You Believe?!” as the last few minutes on the clock ran out as we held on to another lead. Who would have thought the 11th ranked USA would win a medal? Who would have thought that 20 years later, Coach Martin would need us more than we ever needed him in the 90s? I think most of you have heard that Coach is fighting for his life, as he was recently diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. He is undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments and is going through a far greater hell then he ever put us through. Our hard core training was nothing compared to this. And on our toughest days he always stood by our side, cheering us on, and believing in us against the greatest odds. It is time for us to support Coach Martin the way he supported us. Doc, Tchewy, and I are organizing a surprise visit for Coach Martin on Saturday, August 9. Doc has been in touch with Diane (Coach’s wife), and it looks like we will try to visit Coach in the hospital or at his home in Willington, CT, depending on where it is best to see him that day. I know this is short notice, but if you can work it into your summer schedule, please join us! Doc, Tchewy, Ant, Jill, Niner, and—rumor has it—Andrea and Kelli are trying to come. Let’s get as many of the 1994–1996 team members back as possible. Remember, as Coach Martin once said, “We’re playing the world, not Iowa Community College!” Coach needs everyone’s love, prayers, and support. We need a miracle! “Do You Believe?” Come celebrate Coach’s life with your team! I hope to see many of you in August! GO USA!! Pam (Neiss) Stuper Here is a sampling of other responses I received: “I believe! I’m in! See y’all there.” “Hells yeah, I believe... I still hear Coach Martin in my head today ...‘More weight!’ I’m in. Can’t wait to see you all and be a part of giving Coach all the love, positive, healing energy, and encouragement to kick his cancer’s ass.”


“The ‘USA track and field hockey team’ has a new life and a new mission. We defied the odds before and we will do it again! See you on the 9th.” “Is there a fund set up for Coach and his family? My kids are going to do a lemonade stand to raise money for him and his family.” “If you build it, (they) will come” is the message that inspires Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella to construct a baseball diamond in the middle of his cornfield in the movie Field of Dreams. I honestly hoped that my email would inspire maybe eight to 10 of my former teammates, coaches, and/or staff to make the trip to Connecticut less than four weeks later and just days away from one of the busiest times in a field hockey coach’s life, pre-season. Brown, UConn, Duke, Maryland, Michigan, Northwestern, Princeton, Providence, Stevenson, UVA, and Yale—all universities with field hockey programs coached by players or coaches from Team USA who responded in one way or another, saying, “I Believe.” Along with countless other women who teach and coach high school and club teams, who work at universities, or who are entrepreneurs. Two are doctors, including a sports psychologist and a brain surgeon. We are wives, partners, and mothers with children of all ages. Two teammates have even had their own battles with cancer. On Saturday, August 9, former USA teammates, coaches, and staff members—22 women—converged on Coach Martin’s house for our SURPRISE VISIT! It was a day I will never forget. Being on a team is obviously about competition, winning games, reaching goals, winning championships, and so on. But it is also about something bigger. Something larger than life. It is about what was displayed on August 9, 20 years later, by Team USA, and can be summed up beautifully by one of my teammates, Elle Race. “This past weekend I experienced the true meaning of Life Teammates through one of the most memorable moments I will ever have off the field. “As the strength and conditioning coach at the University of Connecticut for over 20 years, Coach Martin helped lead UCONN athletics to 14 national championships. My teammates and I were fortunate enough to have him serve as strength and conditioning coach for the US Women’s National Field Hockey Team from 1994-1996. Thanks in large part to Coach Martin, US Women’s Field Hockey achieved one of the biggest accomplishments in the history of the program—winning the bronze medal at the 1994 World Cup in Dublin, Ireland. Our superior physical fitness and mental toughness were huge factors in our ability to upset higher ranked teams and earn a third-place world ranking. “We continued on this path of high intensity conditioning and strength training in preparation for the 1996 Olympics, maintaining our third place world ranking with a bronze medal in the 1995 Champion’s Trophy, a tournament of the top six teams in the world, and a silver medal in the 1995 Pan American Games. “The mental and physical anguish we endured together and the sense of accomplishment we earned together as teammates created a bond among us all that I don’t think I ever fully realized CONTINUED ON PAGE THREE


COACH’S CORNER until now. This bond continued to grow as we pulled each other through some difficult times on and off the field and celebrated many successes together. “So, it was only fitting for us to come back together as Life Teammates to rally around Coach Martin and to motivate him to have the same mental toughness, strength, and determination he instilled in us. He was truly overwhelmed and was brought to tears as he hugged each one of us while we filed in one, two, and three at a time. As we sat with Coach Martin that afternoon sharing stories, words of encouragement, tears, and laughter, I realized how lucky I am to still have a bond with these Life Teammates that still exists through all the ups and downs and years in between and was strengthened by this experience 20 years later. “I always was and still am a firm believer in the Life Teammates concept. I continue to witness and experience firsthand the positive impact these relationships have during difficult times and also the greatest moments in our lives. I am truly blessed and cherish more


than ever the unique bonds I have with the many teammates and coaches I am still fortunate enough to call my Life Teammates.” From one alum to another, from one generation to another, you are all Life Teammates. Take the time TODAY to reach out to one of yours. Whether it is one, five, 14, 25, 37, or 42 years later, you will forever be teammates. Life Teammates. Come back for Alumae Weekend September 12-14 and celebrate your incredible team, past and present. If you can’t make it that weekend, come to another home game or one on the road. Don’t wait two decades, or even one to get reconnected to the program. Don’t wait another year. Celebrate Yale Field Hockey this fall with your Life Teammates. “Yale Field Hockey Association…Do you BELIEVE?” Winning a third Ivy Championship is possible. I believe. The 2014 team believes. Do you? Go Bulldogs! Pam



ne by one, all of the teams cancelled scheduled workouts on the morning of February 13th due to the impending snow storm. Even the varsity weight room was closed for the day. Soon after, facilities all over campus closed and professors began canceling classes.

The Yale Field Hockey Bulldogs awoke in their dorms, checked their emails, and saw that morning practice was still on. A little snow can’t stop YFH. Once we got out onto the streets in our sweats and snow gear, it turned out that the “horrible storm” was only powder on the ground, and the temperature was not the trademark New Haven ice-cold (maybe three scarfs were no longer necessary). What was up with all of the hype? We trained on the track and completed one of our best training practices of the season. After practice we all went our different ways, but the unspoken and united emotions of “team” stayed with every player. I may be biased, but we are one of the hardest working teams at Yale and it was proven that morning as we stayed dedicated to our training regime. Together, we lapped the Lanman track, together we got through another morning, and together we could see the fruits of our hard work. That morning defined the rest of the spring semester. Injuries arose, but everyone was in the training room doing their best to recover. No setback stopped any of us from trying to beat our running times with new strength coach Terry O’Neil. We came together as a team, and by the end of the semester even our freshmen were comfortable and ready to attack the weight room. We played most of our spring competitions with one substitute and despite that challenge; we were able to rely on our athleticism and game knowledge.

That is the mentality of Yale Field Hockey: Believe. A winning team does not only rely on their skills and knowledge of the game. They also believe wholeheartedly that they can win against any opponent in any circumstance. Part of that belief comes from how hard a team trains, and like I said before, we have been training very hard because we all believe that great wins are coming in the 2014 fall season. The other part is having confidence in not only yourself, but also in your teammates; that they have your back not only in the moments of greatness, but also in the moments of defeat. As seniors, Grace, Heather, Megan, Jessie, and I planted the seeds of belief in early January and have watched them grow. When the alumnae come to games this fall season, they will see a team that has trained together and will pull out all the stops to win together because they believe in Yale Field Hockey.

FALL SCHEDULE Sat, Sun, Sat, Sun, Sat, Sun, Sat, Sun, Sat, Wed, Sun, Sat, Sun, Sat, Sun, Sat, Sat,

09/06/2014 09/07/2014 09/13/2014 09/14/2014 09/20/2014 09/21/2014 09/27/2014 09/28/2014 10/04/2014 10/08/2014 10/12/2014 10/18/2014 10/19/2014 10/25/2014 10/26/2014 11/01/2014 11/08/2014

* = Ivy League Game

Sacred Heart Hofstra Quinnipiac (Alumnae Weekend) California (Alumnae Weekend) at Harvard * at Boston Univ. Princeton * Stanford at Cornell * Bryant at Maine at Dartmouth * at ConnecƟcut Penn * Albany Senior Day Columbia * at Brown *





e had an outstanding evening of Food, Fun, and Fellowship at the second annual Alumnae Fete on February 21, 2014. Held at the Yale Club of NYC, the evening was organized by Alyssa Jethani, Chair of the Association’s Mentoring Committee, Lindsay Acevedo, Chair of the Events and Reunions Committee, and Jan Seeley, Association Vice President. All 10 players from the Classes of 2014 and 2015 attended this event, which serves as the Association’s annual mentoring night. They were accompanied by Pam Stuper, Caroline Ruth Thompson ’02 Head Coach of Field Hockey, Tamara Durante, Associate Head Coach, and Martha Dale, Faculty Advisor. The players were paired with alumnae mentors who share their career interests. We saw many new faces coming back from the alumnae ranks and enjoyed these inspirational talks from our distinguished alumnae:


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Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Yale University School of Medicine, Yale-New Haven Hospital and West Haven Veterans AdministraƟon Hospital “Careers in Medicine -- Why Athletes Are Uniquely Prepared?”


Project Assistant, Sidley AusƟn • “From the Delta to DC: That Post Grad Life”

CLAIRE CARDIE ’82 Professor, Department of Computer Science, Cornell Univiversity • “Set for Life!”

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HEATHER ORRICO ’07 VP, Foreign Exchange Sales, BNP Paribas • “We Are All Saleswomen -- How to Build Your Personal Brand”




o you know the feeling, when you come across a group of people that immediately energizes and motivates you to take on the world? Every time I reunite with the Yale Field Hockey team, it happens instantaneously, like the flip of a light switch. This lucky tradition held true for me at the Second Annual Alumnae Fete, when familiar faces and voices filled the Saybrook Room at the beautiful NYC Yale Club. The dark wood room evoked memories of gathering for team meetings and banquets at Ray Thompkins house. As the evening progressed, alumnae shared their wisdom from the real world. We welcomed Heather Orrico’s advice on how to create effective brands for ourselves in the workplace. Next, we absorbed Marybeth Barnum’s inspiring story of her brave transition from a job that just wasn’t right to one that challenges her while still showing her the appreciation she deserves. I burst with pride and honor to stand amidst such inspiring coaches, teachers, businesswomen, doctors, entrepreneurs, artists, mothers, and students. The list of professionals goes on, which shows the impressive diversity of the interests and skills that unite us under a common passion for women in sport. After a long week, I told myself it was going to be an early Friday night. I should have known better. A handful of us lingered on as the evening came to a close. We discussed how to expose our sport to a more diverse group of younger girls. Eager to stick around, our conversation also covered how to strengthen connections between current Bulldogs and alumnae. The latter point was especially poi-


gnant for me that evening after I met Maureen Braun, a pediatrician who graduated just a few years prior to my joining the team. Although I missed the opportunity to share the field hockey turf with Maureen, I felt instantly connected to her when she described how she tackled her medical board exams with the same approach she applied to the gauntlet - preparation, a good night sleep, and a big bottle of Gatorade. For the past two years, I have similarly approached medical school with a work ethic that I draw on from YFH. Early morning practices and tournament weekends taught me how to prepare, execute, and recover from long weeks in the library and hospital. Individual summer training strengthened my discipline and goal-making skills that I apply to my self-directed studies on a daily basis. I listened with wide eyes and ears to Maureen’s stories of international medical practice, yoga retreats, and home visits to patients. All of her words resonated with me and the career path that I hope to follow. Our exchange represented what the fete was all about: a celebration of the program’s past accomplishment, present endeavors, and future goals. For as long as I have known them, Pam and Tamara have committed to creating a robust network of strong, passionate female athletes. They connect women who are leaders in their fields to eager young graduates. Personally, I have reaped the benefit of their success in creating this community, and I feel strongly about providing whatever mentorship I can to past, present, and future members of the YFH family.




n this newsletter we highlight one YFH mentorship pair: Erica Borgo ’14 and Anne Rippetoe Scharf ’01. With Anne’s guidance and support, Erica landed her first job out of Yale. On Erica’s short list to share the exciting news? Her mentor Anne (shown below with family).

Anne Rippetoe Scharf on when it actually did, the YFH Mentorship Pro- and I was touched that I was on her list gram What does being a YFH mentor mean to you? It is an opportunity to support the young women on the YFH team by sharing real world experience and using my own professional and personal network to help the student with a postcollegiate professional or educational path where I can.

Why are you involved in the YFH mentorship program? I was interested in joining the program so I could be a resource to young women entering the workforce. When I graduated, I had such little knowledge about the professional world and would have benefitted greatly by having contacts who had walked in my shoes and could share their own experiences. I hope I’m able to do that for the YFH players I work with in the program. Can you describe one or two memorable “moments” from the mentor/mentee relationship? While it may sound cliché, I will not forget the moment that Erica and I spoke minutes after she sent me an email letting me know she accepted an offer for her first full-time job. I was so excited that I couldn’t wait to pick up the phone and congratulate her right away. After so many serious and focused conversations about job hunting, networking, and the professional world, it was wonderful to have a conversation that was entirely happy and celebratory. I knew it would all work out for her, but it was still thrilling

Erica Borgo on the YFH Mentorship Program What does being a YFH mentee mean to you? I am beyond grateful to have had the opportunity to be mentored by a former YFH player. It makes the process so much easier knowing you are connecting with someone who has gone through the same undergraduate experience as you. It allows you to consult someone who also dealt with the search for employment during a time that can be very emotional at the end of your Yale career. Why are you involved in the YFH mentorship program? We were part of the first class that the YFH mentorship program

of top people to share the good news with. I let Erica know that I hope the relationship doesn’t end there and that I’m glad to be a resource as she continues with a professional career. I hope she takes me up on it! What do you admire/respect most about your mentee? Erica has shown so much persistence in researching and pursuing many different career paths to make sure she isn’t rushing into the wrong thing. Graduating from Yale, a place where so many seem to have it figured out at graduation, I know first-hand that it can be overwhelming to feel like you’re the only one without a plan. In reality, almost no college seniors truly have it all figured out. I’m proud of Erica for not taking the first opportunity that came along and for being diligent about finding the best opportunity for her. While it’s hard to feel that now for these students/recent graduates, they are much better positioned for long term success by being selective right out of the gate. Do you have any other comments or thoughts on the YFH mentorship program that you would like to share? I would strongly encourage other YFH alumnae to participate in this program. While it does require a little bit of a time commitment, it can be very rewarding. A wider alumnae base will help the program to best match student athletes with alumnae who can have an impact on their post-college plans and can increase the overall network for the program.

was introduced to, so we were sort of the guinea pigs. Thankfully, the experience was super successful and has continued. Can you describe one or two memorable “moments” from your mentor/mentee relationship? I remember being a little nervous to talk to Anne at first, not really knowing her or anything about her YFH experience, but when she asked me how many Wednesday night Toad’s I had been to that month, I knew it was going to be the start of a great relationship! What do you admire/respect most about your mentor? I respect how Anne has always given an honest opinion on everything I have consulted her about. She has gone above and beyond to help connect me with any contacts she has in the industries I am interested in, and for that I am very grateful. I admire how Anne has been able to have such a successful career while also balancing a family, something many women struggle with in today’s society. One day, I hope to be able to have as successful a career and personal life as Anne. She has been a great role model for me.





Become an alumna presence in the Yale Field Hockey locker room! Make a pledge for a customizable top of locker plaque or inside of locker plaque. This plaque will be a forever reminder about your time in a Yale Field Hockey uniform. For example:

Don’t miss the chance to see our team in acƟon in your area! Alumnae gatherings are being coordinated on the following dates:


Saturday, September 20th at Harvard Contact Emily Bateson ( Saturday, October 18th at Dartmouth Contact Heidi Humphrey (doƞ THE 2015 ALUMNAE FETE February 20, 2015 Yale Club of New York City Food, Fun, Fellowship

To secure a top of the locker plaque, the pledge is $500/year for five years. The inside locker plaque pledge is $200/year for five years. With these gifts of support, every single time a current player visits her locker she will be reminded of the strong tradition of a Yale Field Hockey program and of her teammates both past and present. To request a locker pledge form, contact: Please complete the information and send to Yale Field Hockey Association, P.O. Box 208216, New Haven, CT 06520-8216.

WE NEED YOUR UPDATED INFORMATION! Please help us by keeping your contact information current so that we can continue communicating with you about Yale Field Hockey news and events! Two easy ways to keep your contact information up to date:

PREFERRED METHOD: YALE ALUMNI DIRECTORY 1. Go to 2. Look for the blue Directory box on the right side and log in. If you forgot your username/password, please follow the links. If you have never registered online with the Yale Alumni Database, please take the time to register and create a username and password. 3. Once you are logged in, click “Online Alumni Directory” in the left column. 4. Click “View/Update Your Alumni Directory Listing.” 5. From here, you will be able to update your contact information as well as any other information you would like to provide.

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SECONDARY METHOD: INFORMING YFH ASSOCIATION If you are unable to use the Yale Alumni Directory online, please email or call: Taylor Sankovich ’12 201-213-4986

Erin Carter ’12 484-686-6321

Alison Rotondo ’09 252-414-1344

YALE ATHLETICS COMPLIANCE CORNER As a supporter of Yale athle cs, you may employ current Yale student-athletes provided: • The student-athlete is paid the going rate for similar experience; • The student-athlete is compensated for work actually performed; and • The student-athlete does not receive any preferen al treatment due to his/her status as a Yale student-athlete. Please contact the Yale Compliance Office (203.436.8309) if you have any ques ons or concerns. Can I pick up a student-athlete and bring him/her to work each day? You may give a student-athlete a ride to or from work only if you provide the same ride to every employee in the same posi on. It is not permissible to provide special treatment to a student-athlete. The student-athlete I employ played a great game this week, can I take him/ her out to lunch to celebrate? No. You may not provide a complimentary meal to a student-athlete because of his/her status as a student-athlete. Unless the same benefit is extended to all employees under similar circumstances, you cannot take the student-athlete out for lunch.

The student-athlete’s team is doing really well this year and ge ng a lot of posi ve publicity. I have a big promo on coming up to sell one of my products. Can I create an adver sement, in print and/or on the radio, emphasizing that Yale student-athletes use and recommend my product? Can I use their names, pictures, or likenesses? It is not permissible for student-athletes to par cipate in any promo onal ac vi es on behalf of a commercial en ty. You cannot use a student-athlete’s picture to promote a commercial product. Therefore, student-athletes may not be used to promote your product because of their status or success. I am sponsoring a fundraiser at my restaurant for cancer research. When someone purchases a meal, all of the proceeds go toward cancer research. On the day of the event, can the student-athlete that works for me wear his/ her Yale uniform and invite teammates to work as part of the fes vi es? They are very recognizable and I want as many people to donate me and money to this cause as possible. No. Student-Athletes may not par cipate in any promo onal ac vi es for a commercial enterprise, even if it is for charitable purposes. The employee’s status as an Yale student-athlete cannot be used to promote this event, even though it is for a charitable cause.

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