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A Lacrosse Victory

(Athletics, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Engelhardt Photo This past year at the Academy I have been a member of the lacrosse team. We compete in Division II of the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association, meaning that the lacrosse team in the Academy is a club sport. Don’t let the word club fool you, we compete against bigger schools than many of the varsity sports and club sports at the Academy and are in many aspects just as competitive as the varsity sports.


This past Sunday we played against our biggest rivals, Briarcliffe College. We played them seven times in the past four years, losing all the games including last year’s conference championship game – by one in overtime. Needless to say that we had had the game circled on our calendar all season. The anticipation built in the week leading up to the game as practices became more and more intense. Finally, after what seemed like eternity, it was the day of the game.


After waking up at 9:00 and getting some breakfast, I went down to the locker room at 10:00 and dressed for a team photo at 10:30. We were all excited to finally play the game, and could hardly wait to get on the field. After a couple pregame speeches, we took the field for warm ups at noon. As we warmed up, more and more Academy cadets, alumni, and other fans came down to the field. By the time of face off, Cadet Memorial Field was packed. Each goal we scored brought louder and louder cheering, as the intensity in the stadium ramped up. It was great seeing the whole Academy come out to support the team, but the best part was winning, 17-7.


After the game the team hung around a while and celebrated the victory with friends and family. It was great to see the seniors finally beat a team that they had never beaten before, and get the Briarcliffe monkey off our backs before the playoffs. I can’t wait to continue on into the playoffs, and hopefully bring a championship back to CGA.


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Summer: So Close Yet So Far

(Academics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Roesch Photo With the end of classes quickly approaching and my summer right around the corner, I find it hard to concentrate in classes. All I can think about is what I will be doing in just a few weeks. I was lucky enough to get just what I asked for as a summer assignment. I will be on phase one of Eagle and then heading off to USCGC Healy in Seattle, Washington. I’ve never been to any of the places I’m scheduled to stop at before, so this should be a summer to remember! I’m just so ready to finish with 4/c year, become a 3/c, and get some experience in the fleet. Moreover, this summer will really give me the opportunity to meet more of my classmates (since it’s so hard to get to know your class when you’re squaring around in the wardroom and hallways in Chase Hall). I know I should be focusing on the crazy amounts of homework and the long list of tests left to tackle before this semester finally ends, but it’s just so hard when you have the opportunity of a lifetime waiting right around the corner.


On a separate note, congratulations to those who have received an appointment – especially those who have accepted them! 2015 and 2016 cannot wait to welcome you aboard ;)


As always, if you have any questions or need advice I am here to help you out as best as I can. Don’t feel shy to ask a question about swab summer or 4/c year – there is no such thing as a stupid question!


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100th Week and Swab Summer

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Kloo Photo It is finally spring, and that means that the end of the school year is fast approaching. With it brings warm weather, spring crew, and finals. It also brings us closer to 100th week. This week is the culmination of leadership training for 3/c cadets, and brings them into the role of 2/c class. This training is conducted by the Recruit Training Center company commanders who are responsible for the training all the incoming enlisted personnel for Coast Guard. This is an incredibly important time period, because it allows us to practice our leadership on our classmates and receive immediate feedback from the people who know basic recruit training the best. Team dynamics are also developed during 100th week, allowing each member of our cadre team to fall into a role that suits them most comfortably. I will be Swab Summer 1, which means that I will be interacting with the incoming swabs in and around Chase Hall. It is also my section’s responsibility to provide them the basic training required to complete the rest of the summer, as well as the school year. I am excited to be able to work with such qualified personnel, and to train the future of the Coast Guard.


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