By: Matthias Baudinet
For the past week and a half athletes have been training extremely hard for their pre-season session. Seeing them run past my window as I had just woken up just tells you the determination and dedication that these student-athletes possess (I usually wake up between 6-6:30am). Being good friends with many of the returning student-athletes on the men’s and women’s soccer teams, the women’s volleyball team, and the mixed cross country team, it was really interesting and exciting to meet the new recruits.
Coming back early for RA training, I had the privilege of meeting all the freshly recruited student-athletes as soon as they got here. Of course, many of them were nervous, but the fact that they along with the RAs, were the only ones on campus, helped to quell that nervousness. The small amount of time that it took for the athletes on each respective team to bond with one another was simply astonishing. If a random stranger would have walked by the women’s soccer team, or the women’s volleyball team they would probably think that they had all been on the same team for a couple years.
The teams’ ability to quickly mesh together I think portrays a very promising future. A team that gets along with itself always has the potential to achieve great things. I hope this is true of our sports’ teams this year. Having made acquaintances with some of the new student-athletes, I can honestly say that they are all pleasant individuals who are committed to give their all for their teammates.
A couple of days ago I watched both the men’s and the women’s soccer teams scrimmage Wheelock College on campus. With both of our teams coming out of those games with wins, it was a good pre-season game to built up confidence and momentum going into the season. The men’s team showed control, efficiency, chemistry, and enjoyment. It was awesome to see our team get so many goals! The women’s team was closer than the men’s game, but our GMC Eagles showed courage, perseverance, and discipline to come back and win the game after going down one goal. Indeed, the future is bright for not only the men’s and women’s soccer teams, but all of our athletic teams.
As the school year approaches, we should all try to support our athletic teams whenever they have home games. A big and enthusiastic crowd can sometimes make the difference in a close match. You can access the season schedule for all our athletic teams on the GMC athletics webpage. I hope to see you all either in the Eagle Dome or on the banks of the Poultney river to support our teams.