DiCroce's Days--Aug. 18

Go Leopards! DiCroce heads back to the US for preseason camp.
DiCroce heads back to the US for preseason camp.

Aug. 18, 2010

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Looking back on the 11 days I spent in Venezuela, I couldn't ask for a better experience. It was my first time out of the country and I will never forget the memories or the people I shared them with.

We ended up making it to the semifinals by beating Chile 9-0 on Friday. It was a rough game in the beginning, but by the second half we played very well and converted on almost every attack. We were very happy with ourselves after coming off of a loss two days before.

We had to show everyone that we shouldn't have lost to Argentina and that we were a country to compete with. Making it to the semifinals was a great accomplishment for us.

Saturday we played the undefeated Uruguay and unfortunately we lost in double overtime 2-3. We were initially down in the beginning, but no one gave up. By the end of the second half, we scored two great goals and put the game into overtime.

It was a pretty evenly matched game and in the end Uruguay got a lucky corner and converted on it. This was a huge disappointment for us. We no longer had a shot at winning the gold. It was extremely hard to accept our loss because we played with so much intensity and heart to come back after being down by two goals.

Someone eventually had to win the game, and it just happened to not be us. After losing to Uruguay, we played Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday morning. It was not an easy game because we both wanted to win very badly.

Both teams wanted to walk away with a medal. We eventually won 2-1 which means that we were taking home the bronze! It was not the medal that we wanted, but we knew we played very well throughout the whole tournament so we could not ask for more.

All of us had put in so much time and effort to make it to all our training practices, so we were proud to take something home with us, even if it wasn't the gold medal.

Jazzy (Andy Thornton), our coach, and Jun Kentwell, our manager, had done so much for us over the past couple months. None of this would have been possible without them!

Argentina ended up taking home the gold after they defeated Uruguay in strokes. The men's team eventually took home the silver. They played really well throughout the whole tournament.

Although we did not accomplish what we wanted to, we still had a great time, played and watched great hockey, and got to experience another culture. It was bittersweet to leave Venezuela because we were all so excited to get back home, but at the same time most of us had to go straight to preseason.

Today is the start of preseason at Lafayette and I am very excited to get back and see everybody. We have nine new faces this year so it is going to be fun to get to know all of them!

Here are only a few of the 400 pictures I took in Venezuela. Enjoy! -Deanna



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