As week three commences at Springfield College, athletes have opened up about the struggles that come with this semester’s heavy restrictions.
Students reflected on their teams preparation and attitude before the official cancellation of the fall season. Many of which shared similar answers.
Junior Jack Costa discussed that the men’s soccer team, “Had multiple plans going into the season.” “We had a feeling that the season would be cancelled, but tried to stay optimistic through it,” said Jack Costa, a junior and member of the men’s soccer team.
Senior Elizabeth Morehouse also shared that, “Going into the summer we had high hopes for the season. We were practicing and playing like usual, and the coaches did everything possible to keep us prepared.”
Upon the news that the season would not be played, student-athlete’s admitted varying emotions followed. Costa emphasized that the mental health of the students would be affected because of the season’s implications. He described athletics as an “escape” for students on campus.
Morehouse explained that a semester without a traditional season will be “mentally tough” for all of her teammates.
Both Costa and Morehouse explained that intense competition will be something they will be without this semester. Costa specifically explained that the conference games would be a competition he will miss most. He explained that they brought the best out of everyone on the team.
“Win or lose they were the most intense games.” Costa added.
Little things will be missed the most for Morehouse. “There were weeks where we (the team) were together for all seven days,” she said. Something that will no longer be happening due to the social distancing guidelines. Adrenaline rushes before games, bus rides, lunches with the team, and practices were also things she will miss during the fall.
The impact COVID-19 has had on the athletes hits no one harder than the seniors. With the current state, some will never step on the field for game day again. Morehouse explained that her first step back on the field was the toughest one she’s ever taken.
“Getting back on the field was the moment when it all hit me really. I would not be able to come back and finish my fourth year so it was difficult to process,” Morehouse described.
While the seniors have been left without a final season, Costa explained that they have been the most influential during this time.
“Seniors have told us to make most of what they have, they still continue to push us teammates to workout and practice on our own,” he said.
Starting Sept. 14, teams will be able to start practicing again together in small groups. Something Costa and his teammates can’t wait for.
For spring athletes, they too are overwhelmed with the same uncertainty as the fall athletes. While they have no indication on what the spring season will look like, the restrictions and guidelines are influencing them greatly in order to do their part in making the season happen. Freshman Dimitri Sanchez talked about the role that the guidelines and seniors have had on him and his teammates.
“As a team we want them to see them have their senior season. They’ve told us to stay away from parties or large gatherings to keep their wish for a final season intact.” Said Sanchez.
Sanchez explained that the lacrosse team has been preparing for the spring season as if they are to be playing. He expressed the high accountability he and his teammates hold each other in order to meet the needs for their season.
Though many of the athletes have lost their season, the culture they have built remains strong. All of the athletes explained that they will be there for each other through the difficult times and will continue to push on another to get better and stay safe.
Photo: Jack Margaros/Springfield Athletics