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Lee Gould, field hockey

Senior Lee Gould was recently recruited to play Division III field hockey at Westfield State University as a defender after already having committed to the college for academics.

When did you first start playing field hockey?

“I’ve been playing since 7th grade.”

What is your favorite thing about field hockey?

“My favorite thing about field hockey is all the skills you can learn, like all the different ways you can use your stick in a game. There’s a lot of possibilities there so I like to work on my stickwork.“

What position do you play and what do you most enjoy about playing that position?

“For Algonquin I play defensive midfield… I really like what’s called a tackle in field hockey, which is basically getting the ball, either by jabbing or just putting your stick down. It’s really satisfying so I like the defensive side.”

Why did you want to play field hockey at the collegiate level?

“Part of it is the fact that I’ve been playing for so long and it’s something that I want to continue doing; I really like being part of a team and team sports in general. I play rugby too, and also college is a really great place to meet new people, especially because we get to move in earlier. You already have people that you can go to.”

What about this college enticed you to play for them?

“I think Division III is good because it’s still a division level sport but it’s a little more laid back than the higher divisions.”

What are you most looking forward to in these next four years of your life?

“I’m looking forward to meeting a lot more people; I’ve been with the same people for 12 years so I’m kind of excited to meet others.”

Do you have hopes to play field hockey beyond the collegiate level?

“Not right now, maybe pickup leagues but not professionally.”

Do you have any ideas of majors or other focusses you’d like to pursue at Westfield State?

“I’m majoring in environmental science and I have a minor in English.”

Do you have anything that you think is important to include about your relationship with field hockey or your commitment?

“No, not that I can think of.”

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