The fall lacrosse season is always stressful for first year athletes, but this fall former Girls Varsity Lacrosse captains Bailey Cheetham ’19 and Margaret Williams ’19 rose to the challenge. Competing at high-level Division I programs, both Cheetham and Williams used the skills they developed at Deerfield to achieve success at the college level. Below they reflect on Deerfield’s role in their college athletic experience.
Johns Hopkins University
Hopkins brings more of the same demanding routine I had at Deerfield. With practice from 6:30-10am, classes from 11-4pm, study time, dinner and then sleep, it is all in preparation for the same routine to start again the next morning. Being used to Deerfield’s high expectations helped tremendously with my transition to Hopkins. Academics here are difficult, but Deerfield classes prepared me for the challenges I face here. Deerfield’s facilities were also a huge part of my athletic and academic success. They provided me with the tools to grow I couldn’t be more grateful.
United States Military Academy
College lacrosse is a huge time commitment, but Deerfield prepares its athletes for the challenge. As we head into our winter off season, our focus has shifted to strength and conditioning in order to prepare for our upcoming Spring season, another concept that Deerfield prepared me well for. I would urge all athletes to take strength training seriously while at Deerfield. I was lucky to have amazing resources in high school, and I regret not taking advantage of the strength training program earlier. I encourage everyone at Deerfield to do so; it’ll change your life.