Mary Edmonds ’19 and Deirdre Mullowney ’19 have both started their collegiate careers with a bang, playing for Holy Cross and Boston College Women’s Ice Hockey, respectively.
The two faced off on October 3. While BC went away with the win, both Edmonds and Mullowney entered the game and were able to make impacts for their teams. Edmonds has made a splash at forward for the Crusaders while Mullowney holds down the fort on the defensive end for the Eagles. We cannot wait to see all of their accomplishments in the future!
We asked them both to describe how their athletic experiences at Deerfield prepared them for starting their college careers. They reflected with nostalgia and gratitude for the Deerfield girls hockey program.
The past few months at BC have been challenging, but I don’t think Deerfield could have better prepared me for college both in and out of the classroom.
The amount of work and the busy schedule that I have here can be overwhelming at times but so far I have been able to thrive academically, socially and athletically because of the resources that Deerfield provided me.
The skills that I learned at Deerfield have allowed me to keep up with my work and manage my time well. My four years at Deerfield has made my transition to college so much smoother by allowing me to become accustomed to living away from home while still balancing the many athletic and academic responsibilities that I have had.
I owe such great thanks to my coaches and teammates at Deerfield for helping me develop into the best player that I can be and for constantly pushing me every time we stepped on the ice. The high intensity practices and the immense amount of competition in every game throughout my four years at DA has truly prepared me to play at the top level. I look forward to visiting Deerfield again and seeing the people who have helped me develop into who I am today.”
“I came into the Deerfield girl’s hockey program in 2015, fully aware that my class was the start of a rebuilding program. Our first few years weren’t easy, especially not having a rink for an entire year. We all became impact players from the get-go, which helped me develop my skills faster than any other point in my life. My time on the Deerfield girl’s hockey team had a huge impact on me as I entered my freshman year at Holy Cross.
As a second year D1 program, playing in one of the toughest
leagues, I find myself in a similar position I was in four years ago, though perhaps a little faster and stronger. So far, I’ve been able to make an impact right away as a freshman, not taking any shift or opportunity for granted. My experiences at Deerfield taught me the value in a loss and the beauty in an upset. In any building program, you take every small victory and run with it. I learned to have patience with a building program and hope to translate that into my time in college. The growth of my skill, leadership, and sportsmanship on both the hockey and lacrosse teams greatly prepared me for my next chapter in college.”