Oct. 25, 2017
DENVER-- In the blink of an eye, four student-athletes who left their respective hometowns and came to the University of Denver unsure about what life would be like are now seniors, ready to embark on their last year as Pioneers.
Riley Eggeman, Hanna Bocklet, Caitlin Derry and Katy Miele are the team's veterans, with Bocklet and Derry tabbed as the team captains for the year (along with redshirt junior Katherine Fischer).
Eggeman (midfielder, Mission Viejo, Calif. / Capistrano Valley HS) has appeared in 44 games, starting in 27, and has scored 19 points (14 goals, five assists). Last season, Eggeman played in all 18 games for the Pioneers, starting in 12. She had a career-high two goals and three points against Villanova on April 15, 2017. She also set a career-high in shots (five against Connecticut on April 2) and draw controls (two against Fresno State on April 26) in 2017.
For Eggeman, the biggest change that she's seen at DU has been the number of students that are enrolling at the university, and that so many people want to come to Denver and experience the city. Her favorite lacrosse memory thus far was beating Louisville in three overtimes, especially because she blocked a shot with her head to give the Pioneers the ball that led to the win. Outside of lacrosse, her favorite college memory was this past summer, when she stayed in Denver with her three other roommates, eating Uno Mas tacos, and was able to explore and hike Colorado. Eggeman summarized her time at DU as "absolutely amazing. I have a family here that I know I will have for the rest of my life. It has been the best four years of my life and I am so sad to see it go but know that everything that has happened here prepared me to be an adult. I am so thankful for this place and everyone in it." She echoed that sentiment when asked about advice she would give to younger teammates about their own time at Denver. "My best advice I can give is to enjoy the time that you're here. Four years flies by so fast and it will be the best four years of your life, so enjoy every day of it. On another note, really work on time management and don't be afraid to take a night off of hanging out with your friends to study." A finance major with a minor in legal studies, Eggeman plans to attend law school and eventually become an attorney.
Bocklet (attacker, Cross River, N.Y. /John Jay H.S.) has played in 22 games throughout her time at DU, scoring four goals off of 14 shots (.286) and nine shots on goal. She had a career-high two goals, two points and three shots against Butler on April 5, 2017, and was credited with one ground ball four times and one draw control against St. Mary's in 2016.
Throughout her time at DU, the biggest changes that Bocklet has seen on campus has been the construction of the new international studies building and the engineering building. Athletically, she also pointed out the success of the athletic program, noting the men's lacrosse team winning a national title in 2015, and the camaraderie between the athletic teams. She recalled flying out to the Final Four and watching the championship game right behind the team bench with her family, and then flying home that day to join in on the excitement with the rest of campus. From a personal playing perspective, her favorite lacrosse memories were beating Stanford 10-7 and the win against Georgetown, when the Pioneers scored a goal in the last 10 seconds of the BIG EAST semifinal, both of which occurred last season. Away from the lacrosse field, Bocklet has enjoyed the bond that the senior class has formed, and the memories they created on the field and on road trips.
As for summarizing her time at Denver, "my time at DU is more than anything I could have asked for," said Bocklet. "I am from New York, which is a very different environment than Colorado. I have been able to have the most amazing opportunities that I wouldn't have had anywhere else, and always tell people that venturing out west was the best decision I ever made. DU has made me a better student, player, and all around person, and I am so thankful for all of the unique opportunities I've been provided so early in my lifetime."
If she had to give any advice to her younger teammates about being a lacrosse player and student-athlete, she said that "being a student-athlete is such an amazing and prideful experience, but it definitely takes balance to figure out how to make it work if you want to be successful both on and off the field. Learn what habits are healthy and work for you, and make sure you surround yourself with the right people to set yourself up for success. The women's lacrosse team is such an amazing group of girls, so you don't necessarily have to look far, but making sure to find a balance between school, lacrosse, and outside aspects as well as setting yourself up for success is something I've learned is so important." A psychology major with minors in marketing and communications, she hopes to be able to stay in Denver for at least a few years after college to experience all that Denver has to offer.
Derry (attacker, Seal Beach, Calif. /Los Alamitos H.S.) has appeared in 50 games for the Pioneers, starting in three of them in 2016. She has scored 27 goals, while assisting on 23 goals, and has had three-game winning goals, including two last year. Three times last season, Derry scored two goals in a game, and had two assists twice.
Food was on the brain for the biggest changes Derry has seen on campus, stating that, if only in her mind, how delicious dining hall food became, especially when she had to start cooking for herself. Like Bocklet, some of her favorite memories included moments away from the field, recalling the late night bus rides where they would "laugh until we were sobbing", and remembers times spent watching "chick flicks" with Eggeman. As to how she would summarize her time at DU, Derry said that it was a whirlwind filled with a lot of good times and growing up. For younger teammates, she shares, "take pride in being a student-athlete and wear that title with your head held high, and don't talk when (head coach) Liza Kelly is talking. Seriously." Majoring in criminology with a history and religious studies minor, Derry hopes to pursue a graduate degree in sociology in the near future with the long-term goal of being a federal probation officer.
Miele (midfielder, Park City, Utah/ University of Redlands) has played in two games for the Pioneers, both occurring in 2016. Like Bocklet, the biggest changes that she noticed throughout her time on campus have been all of the construction that has been done over the years, making the campus feel bigger. Her favorite lacrosse memory was making it to the finals of the BIG EAST championship, adding that it was "great to make a statement our first year in the conference."
Although she transferred from another university, Miele said that her "time at DU has been nothing short of amazing. If I could go back, I wouldn't change it for the world. It's an incredibly special community to be a part of and I'm so grateful that I ended up here. DU has given me endless opportunities, adventures, and friendships that I'll cherish forever." For the advice she'd give to younger teammates, "I would tell anyone coming in to enjoy every minute of it because it truly does fly by," said Miele. "Our team is so much more than just a group of girls, it's a family. At the end of the day, there's not a single person on the field that won't have your back. Being on this team undoubtedly changes your college experience in the best way possible. You're representing Denver lacrosse everywhere you go, whether it's in the classroom, in the dining hall, or on the field. So, at the end of the day, it's important to be a role model for others, work hard, and most importantly, have fun." An economics major, she already has a job offer from Goldman Sachs for after she graduates.
The senior class will have one more fall game this Friday against the alumni, before the regular season starts next February.
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