Sarah Tabeek ’18 was selected to and played in the NCAA DI Senior Game in Louisville, Kentucky, two weeks ago. This is her account of her time there.
Hi DFH fam!
I am writing to you as a newly retired field hockey player. Without a doubt, I’m going to miss competing, my teammates, the camaraderie and laughs, the incredible feeling of celebrating after a goal or hard-fought victory, the chocolate milks post lift and representing the Big Green — being a part of something that is so much bigger than myself. However, on November 17th, I had the opportunity to wear the Dartmouth ‘D’ one last time while playing in the Division I Senior Game in Louisville, Kentucky.
After taking my finals, I flew down to Louisville and met up with Pattie Gillern! Since we had a few hours to kill before the Final Four games began, we visited a few of the famous sites in Louisville. We visited Churchill Downs where the Kentucky Derby is held every May. We also toured the Louisville Slugger factory and got to swing one of their model bats!
We then made our way over to Louisville’s field hockey field where the Final Four games were played. It was incredible seeing such high-level, skilled teams compete for a national title. UConn beat UNC in shootouts and ultimately capped their undefeated season with a national title on Sunday. The Maryland/Michigan game was an exciting one as well as Maryland broke Michigan’s six-game shutout streak to advance to the championship game.
The Division I Senior Game was played under the lights after the Final Four games concluded—a true ‘Friday Night Lights’ game as Pattie would say!
The game was unique in the sense that it was every player’s last game and last time to represent their respective school; nothing was on the line except to just play in the moment and enjoy it! It was such an honor to play with such talented, high-level players from across the country, and it’s a game that I’ll truly never forget.
The end of the season was a whirlwind of emotions, and playing in this game allowed me to reflect on my incredible experience with Dartmouth Field Hockey, a program that has given so much to me, helped me excel as both an athlete and person, and has provided me with mentors and teammates for life. A piece of me will always be at Chase AstroTurf Field, and I’m going to miss competing for the Big Green—what a ride it’s been!
Here’s to the next chapter.
Always, Up Up Big Green!
Associate Head Coach Pattie Gillern (L) and Tabeek (R).