By The Springfield Student Staff
Due to the nationwide concerns surrounding the coronavirus, all athletic spring break trips have been cancelled – aside from women’s lacrosse, who is driving to New Jersey for its game against Stevens Tech on March 17. For several years, Springfield College athletic programs have taken trips around the country and globe during the week of spring break. A representative from each team provided a statement to The Springfield Student regarding the decision.
Women’s soccer was set to leave the country en route to Spain, where the team was going to compete against local teams and host training sessions in Barcelona.
Senior Shannon Anfuso
“I completely understand the cancellation and agree that it was the best decision, but for me personally, the timing is just extremely unfortunate. As a senior, this would have been my last opportunity to not only travel with my team, but to play soccer as well. I hope the remaining players get to travel and all play together in the future. I’m sure it’ll be a wonderful experience.”
Men’s lacrosse was scheduled to play a pair of games in Haines City, Fla.
Senior Kyle Murakami
“It’s definitely disappointing, I mean, going through a cold preseason and a hard working preseason, at the beginning of the season, we definitely looked forward to getting out a little bit, getting off campus and seeing a different part of the country. You get some warm weather and play some really good teams down there, so it’s definitely disappointing but it comes with health concerns and obviously health is of the utmost importance (and) on everyone’s mind currently in the world. Disappointing, but hopefully for the best.”
Baseball was slated to play seven games while visiting Auburndale, Fla.
Senior Chad Shade
“Obviously this was tough news for our baseball team and other teams on campus. We’re looking forward to the opportunity to be able to stay here and play games on campus over the break and continue our season afterwards. We will control what we can control and prepare to play this upcoming week.”
Softball was set to play 10 games – roughly a quarter of its regular season schedule – in Clermont, Fla.
Sophomore Kayla Stvan
“Honestly this trip means so much to all of us. Florida is our opportunity to put all of our hard work during preseason to the test and it’s absolutely crushing that we had it taken from us. Spring break brings the team so much closer together, and allows us to bond even more as a family. We are all hurt, but I am most heartbroken for our seniors. No one is sure of what the future holds for the rest of our season, but as of right now we are grateful to have the opportunity to stay on campus during break to continue to train and compete. We are always playing for something bigger than ourselves, and this season we are determined to make it the best yet.”
Men’s tennis had three matches scheduled in Orlando, Fla.
Senior Freddie Moffa
“It’s a tough loss not getting to train in the perfect conditions of Florida, but ultimately this whole thing is bigger than us. The health and safety of our tennis team is of the utmost importance.”
Women’s tennis was supposed to play three matches in Orlando, Fla.
Senior Amanda Hill
“I think finding out that spring break was cancelled was definitely difficult to hear, especially for those of us that are seniors. The spring break trip is an opportunity for us to come together and bond as a team; this is where we become a family. People underestimate the power of time and what it means for a team to be together. Being away from campus, away from the academic rigor, and the routine of day to day life provides an athlete with the opportunity to focus solely on their sport and the team. Generally these trips set the tone for the rest of the season and provide us with the opportunity to play against teams that we normally don’t have the opportunity to compete against otherwise. I think the team was hoping for a different outcome than what we heard today but I respect the decisions that have been made and look to enjoy the remainder of my senior year with the team.”
Featured photo courtesy Joe Arruda