Preseason is a time for our team to bond, with new faces joining us and rekindling friendships with old teammates. After the nerve racking emotions that come with fitness testing, we were fortunate to have time to build our team togetherness by traveling to Camp Merriwood, in New Hampshire. It was the real life “Parent Trap” camp, with all the activities that included archery, rock climbing, badminton as well as all the water sports. There was also the camaraderie displayed in the dining hall as well as all the laughs in our cabins.
I was so pumped to ring the dinner bell that announced it was time for us to head to the dining hall. We ate with the Boston University team and coaches and had all kinds of great home cooked foods with bread pudding being my personal favorite.
After practice and a night swim in the lake, Jimbo [Stags head coach Jim O’Brien] made a sweet bonfire and we all told some ghost stories. Each story was pretty good but Guti had some of the best. (Next year we will remember to bring the s’mores). The cabins were hilarious because we all forgot blankets and the beds were squeaking but it was nice to sleep somewhere other than Jouges.
The next morning we began our day with another awesome meal, had a walk through and got some time to ourselves to swim in the lake and relax. We were all sad leaving Camp Merriwood but were in a great mood heading to the game. The upbeat feeling continued during our play against BU and we were able to come out with a win in our first scrimmage.
Overall, I am glad we had a nice break away from campus and were able to come together, enjoy ourselves and start the season on a real positive note. I hope we get to go back next year!