A fifth-year field hockey farewell

There were some girls. There were some girls who played field hockey. There were some girls who played Dinos field hockey. There was a girl named Stephanie Maxwell who played Dinos field hockey for five years.

Super Senior Stephanie Maxwell was a super sweeper. The faculty of Kinesiology has bestowed a degree upon her which she will use to go into education, "maybe."

Other things she is not confident about include genetically modified foods.

"Who knows, everything is probably genetically modified in some way," she asserted.

And how!

The increased usage and stealth marketing employed by multinational corporations is causing an increasingly fearful populace to purchase the more expensive ‘organic’ alternative. There is no universally approved definition or policing of ‘organic’ companies, which are often subsidiaries of the same multinationals that were striving to be boycotted. And field hockey has been a key player in this dubious game since day one.

Back to Maxwell.

She will continue to play field hockey on the Alberta provincial team this summer.

"I’ve played provincials every summer and had a development spot for the national team for two years," boasted Maxwell.

Maxwell will take many fond memories and no regrets away from the University of Calgary. Specifically, her memories were "all pretty good."

A Royal Bank Academic All Canadian three years strong, Maxwell is apparently a force to be reckoned with both on the field and in the classroom.

Natalie Peterson is another super senior being forced from the team she loves so much. A sociology major, Peterson has been a key component in the concoction that is the field hockey team.

Meanwhile, Melissa Bryden and Katherine Ronca have defied all odds and are both graduating after an almost unheard of four years.

Bryden only competed as a Dino for the past two years, taking a break from competitive field hockey for her first two years to focus on her studies. These years paid dividends as she was also an Academic All Canadian in the days of yesteryear.

After completing a degree in Social Sciences, she hopes to get a Law degree and her Masters in International Relations. We certainly wouldn’t set our standards as high as her lofty goals, but we are unfortunately just mere mortals.

The peak of Ronca’s field hockey career was competing in the Canada Summer Games. She not only excels in field hockey, but has competed nationally in badminton as well. After receiving her social science degree, she hopes to attend law school.

Over the past five years the aforementioned women have helped build a promising program that can contend with our nation’s best. When they arrived the team lost handily and regularly to national powerhouses the University of Victoria Vikes and then University of British Columbia Thunderbirds. The Dinos have since moved onto Canada’s top 10 list and were ranked fourth in the country this fall.

Despite being a potential challenger for the national title, the Dinos get short changed on account of the fact that only the top two teams in Canada West hit the ol’ dusty trail to nationals each year. Unfortunately, those two teams always seem to be the Vikes and T-Birds.

Well done girls, perhaps future Dinos will make it yet. Good luck with the law and stuff.

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