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Field Hockey Takes Talents Overseas in May

April 16, 2018

EASTON, Pa. – The Lafayette field hockey program announced on Monday that the team will be heading to South Africa this May for a 10-day tour that will include four matches versus local hockey clubs.

The trip marks the first time the Leopards have gone international since 2015 when the Maroon and White traveled to Spain. The team will compete in four matches against local clubs during its stay while also receiving a learning clinic from a professional coach.

“Hockey is an international sport, and for our Lafayette community to get the opportunity to experience the hockey and culture of South Africa is an experience of a lifetime,” said head coach Jennifer Stone. “The team is incredibly grateful for the generosity of so many that have made this dream become a reality. We are elated for the journey ahead and representing Lafayette and our program abroad.

The Maroon and White leave for South Africa on May 29th and will spend the day traveling before arriving to Cape Town on May 30. The adventure begins for the Leopards shortly thereafter, as they will head to the Aquila Game Reserve for a guided safari and an overnight stay. Day 3 marks the Maroon and White’s first game action following a morning drive through the Reserve.

The team heads back into the heart of Cape Town on Day 4, with another full day on the docket. The Maroon and White will travel to the Goedgedacht Trust to learn about the Project’s efforts in addressing the issue of Fetal Alcohol Disorder in the local area. The Leopards will then teach a clinic to the children at the Project before departing for their second match.

On day 5, the Leopards take an excursion to Gansbaai which is a destination for its scenic views and beautiful white sand beaches. The team will take part in a surfing lesson before washing off the sand and heading to a clinic session with a professional coach. The following day marks a historical excursion for the Leopards as they travel to Robben Island, A UNESCO World Heritage Site. The island acted as a prison throughout South Africa’s history and was the place for 18 years of Nelson Mandela’s imprisonment during Apartheid. Following the tour, the team head’s back to the mainland for their third match of the trip.

Day 7 is full of adventure as the team heads to the Elgin Valley for the Cape Canopy Zipline Tour. The tour will send the team soaring over the Hottentots Holland Nature reserve hitting 13 elevated platforms along the way.  At night the Leopards will be soak up the local culture with a traditional African meal, dancing and face painting.

The following day features a scenic drive down the Cape Peninsula, hugging the coastline along the “Twelve Apostles” mountain range. The Leopards will stop at Boulders Beach and mingle with the African Penguin colony that calls the beach home. The drive takes the Maroon and White back along the scenic False Bay Coast. Day 8 concludes with their fourth and final match of the trip.

Day 9 features a journey to Cape Town’s world renowned landmark, Table Mountain. The Maroon and White will take in the views of the 1,086 m (3,563 ft) tall mountain via a gondola ride. The team will then head into Cape Town to explore for the afternoon before heading to the airport for the journey back to College Hill. The final day of the trip brings the Leopards home to Easton.

GoLeopards.com will have extensive coverage during the journey, as well as content through its social media channels. To keep up with the team during its trip, follow Lafayette athletics and the field hockey program on Twitter  at @GoLeopards and @LafayetteFH. You can follow along with field hockey on Instagram at @LeopardsFH.