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Sep 17, 2014

Hey everyone!

As we approached game No. 6 and 7 of the season, we had a pretty busy week. The team focused on recovery but also had some fun. It was our last week in a freshman dorm living together and had two big things happen last week.

It's tradition that the freshmen on women's soccer, men's soccer, women's volleyball, men's water polo and our team do a dance-off. Each team's freshmen prepare a creative dance and that’s judged by a panel consisting of one member of each team.

It's a fun way for the freshmen to bond and work together. The water polo boys are always a humorous group to watch because there is some questionable “dancing” in Speedos. Men's soccer did a creative dance-off within a dance-off skit.

Dance-offs between five teams of D-I athletes can get pretty of competitive. We try to keep it fun and games but each team has a lot of team pride and everyone wants to win. But in the end we all remember this is for our freshmen (and our entertainment) and there are no hurt feelings. Women's volleyball won this year. They had two freshmen who killed a Miley Cyrus mash-up dance.

Later in the week was moving day. It was a bittersweet day because we had to leave our teammates, but it was also exciting moving into a new environment with other friends and students.

We did not have much time to move and it was quite stressful and tiring. I often associate move-in day with tired arms, stairs, and sweat. It was a funny site watching 23 girls exodus from the dorm with all of their stuff. Everyone was crossing streets with full arms and peaking over and around their boxes to avoid running into any potential obstacles.

On Friday we had our first game of the weekend against the Iowa Hawkeyes. We came from behind and tied up the game to go into overtime. Junior defender, Jessica Chisolm, sealed the win with a shot off a corner. An overtime win is always so satisfying because you put in a ton of work all game and in a 7-v-7 overtime, and coming away with a victory makes every moment worth it.

We ended the weekend with a disappointing loss to the Albany Great Danes. Albany scored a buzzer-beater goal at the end of the first half. They capitalized on a momentary lack of discipline and focus. We fought back hard in the second half, but couldn't finish. Our record is now 6-1.

One of the most beautiful things about this team is the mentality and attitude after failure. We believe in failing forward, always learning, and making the best of any situation. We are only at game No. 7 and we are not at our best yet. We have so much more to refine and work on before we can peak.

It was also a good reality check for us. We define ourselves as a hard-working and smart team, but let our actions in that game show a different character. After the game we talked about how we control how we play and how we define our team. It is up to us to always be connected, disciplined, and hard-working, because that is Stanford field hockey.

We started this week with a fresh mind and will keep building to be the best team we can be. We take on Central Michigan or Friday at 4 p.m. and have a huge rivalry game against Cal on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Thanks for all your support and shout-out to all the parents and fans who are reading the Bassi Blog and giving feedback, it's much appreciated!