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Fielding Dreams For The Fall

Fielding Dreams For The FallAveteran field hockey player with a track record of success, Tufts’new field hockey coach has high hopes for her Tufts team.Medford/Somerville,Mass.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [09.20.04] She may be new to Tufts, but Tina McDavittis a field hockey veteran. With a family full of field hockeyplayers and a track record of wins on the field, McDavitt hasthe sport running through her veins. This fall, she joined Tuftsas the head coach of the field hockey team and is excited to showcompetitors what her Tufts team is made of.

“Thereis a lot of talent on the Tufts team,” McDavitt said inan interview with The Boston Globe. “They know their fundamentals.”

So does McDavitt.

Coming toTufts after a four-year stint as assistant coach at Holy Cross,McDavitt has spent the greater part of her life on the field.In 1994 and 1995, she led her high school team to two Massachusettsstate championships. During her four years at Boston University,she led the Terriers to an undefeated America East championshipand a No. 13 ranking nationwide.

When shesaw the Tufts coaching opportunity, McDavitt jumped at it.

“Iheard about the open coaching position this spring,” McDavitttold the Globe. “I was playing in a league at Bentley Collegeand one of the players told me the Tufts job was open. I calledthe athletic director the next day.”

Her applicationfollowed shortly. McDavitt quickly interviewed before flying withthe Holy Cross team to England and Holland to play several exhibitiongames.

“WhenI got off the plane when we came home there were two missed messageson my cellphone,” McDavitt told the Globe. “The callswere from Tufts.”

During herinterviews, McDavitt made a strong impression.

“Tinais an excellent young coach who combines tremendous interpersonaland team building skills with passion and knowledge for the game,”said Athletic Director Bill Gehling. “We’re excitedto have Tina join our staff and add to the tradition of our fieldhockey program.”

McDavittshares the same excitement.

“Iwant us to be intense, I want it to be fun, and I want to win,”McDavitt said, describing her hopes for the new season. “I’velooked at the roster and I’m excited about the kids whoare coming back. They had lots of one-goal losses and I want tohelp turn those into one-goal wins. That’s my goal at thestart.”

In additionto focusing on this year’s team, McDavitt is also in theprocess of looking for Tufts’ future field hockey stars.

“I’vetalked to a lot of [high school] coaches,” she told theGlobe. “I already have a list of players to watch this year.”

One of theplayers McDavitt has already committed to watch isn’t afuture Tufts prospect. But she is family.

“WhenI was at Holy Cross, it was impossible getting into Cambridgeto watch [my youngest sister] Jen play at Harvard,” McDavitttold the Globe. “We’ve already gone over our schedulesand there are a few Wednesday and Sunday games I’ll be ableto see.”



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