Megan Golden | January 19, 2017
The first University of Notre Dame women’s lacrosse training trip is officially in the books, following four days of abundant sunshine, team bonding, challenging workouts and fearless competition against the best team in the world.
Notre Dame’s goal all weekend was to continue to focus on the “next play” and improve in every situation. Looking back, Irish head coach Christine Halfpenny said her team certainly achieved that goal.
“This was a seamless trip,” Halfpenny said. “I pulled the captains aside, and I let them know that this was seamless because of how they helped to organize this team, how they helped to set the expectation and the mentality we were going to take on a training trip we’ve never done before and in the US Team, a team we haven’t played before.
“These experiences will only help to pay dividends for us, support and develop fundamentals, stick to the process and build this winning team.”
The weekend consisted of several “firsts” for the program, beginning with the preseason training trip to Bradenton. In the program’s 31 years, it had never once brought together all of its student-athletes — during Christmas break — to travel together for the purposes of training as a team and preparing for the upcoming season.
Four workouts in three days allowed the team to gel together and build off of their winter break regimen. Team meals, positional meetings and even a quick trip to the beach provided players and coaches with an opportunity to catch up after a long month away from school.