December 6, 2011
A four-year member of the Delaware Field Hockey squad in 2011, Diana is a native of Flanders, New Jersey. Finshed her Delaware career with 31 wins, including seven shutouts and 343 saves. She was also named to the Colonial Athletic Assocation Second Team in 2011 for her senior year after being named to Gladiator by SGI/NFHCA National Academic Squad and CAA Academic Honor Roll. Click here for full biography.
Question #1. What are your team and individual goals this season?
This season having our team come together and leave everything out on the field every time we step on the field is all I can ask for. Personally, I hope to do the best job I can in goal while helping the underclassmen fall into their new roles and excel.
2. How does it feel to start in goal for the third year in the row?
I am excited about being in goal for the third year and with the two prior years of experience, I am confident that I will be able to help some of the new defensive unit I have in front of me. It is starting to finally sink in that this is my last year in goal, and I am hoping to leave on a positive note!
3. How has playing under your new coach been?
Playing under Rolf has certainly been an adjustment. I think as a senior it is a little harder to adjust to a new coach since you have already gone through three years knowing what to expect. He demands a lot from us and I think he will be able to develop outstanding players in the future.
4. What made you want to study and play field hockey at Delaware?
What attracted me to Delaware was its location and the fact that it had a farm on campus. It was just the right distance from home and after coming to field hockey camp in the summer, I knew it was a place I could see myself at both academically and athletically.
5. What is your major, and why did you choose it?
My major is pre-veterinary medicine and animal biosciences. I grew up with a love for animals, which grew into a passion for science. Most kids change their minds when they get older, but I've stuck to the same occupation and still strive to become a veterinarian.
6. What sport would you play if not field hockey?
I would definitely play softball. I played softball my whole life and it was my love. I enjoy going to UD softball games and it always makes me miss my younger days of playing.
7. Being a pre-vet major, how do you balance academics and athletics?
Balancing my academic load with athletics is sometimes a little overwhelming. I have learned time management is key to surviving the semester, and if I budget my time and stay on top of assignments and studies, I am able to be successful.
8. What has been your favorite class here?
My favorite class was animal anatomy taught by Dr. Dyer. He was so excited about his class and he truly taught us the dynamics of not only the animal body, but the human body as well. After taking his class, I think about many things in a different way.
9. What are your plans after college?
Currently I have applied to veterinary school. I will hopefully be hearing back from schools near December. I am keeping my fingers crossed and hoping I get accepted somewhere!
10. What has been your most memorable experience been at the university?
My most memorable experience at the University of Delaware was winning the CAA Championship my sophomore year. No one expected us to make it as far as we did, and everyone played their hearts out in the championship game. Coming out on top was certainly an amazing experience.
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