Anna Thorndike ’16

Lacrosse at Yale University
How did Groton prepare you to play lacrosse at the collegiate level?
I have found that the most difficult part of collegiate lacrosse is organizing your time. That said, I have prided myself in time management since I started Third Form at Groton. Yes, my teams at Groton also taught me hard work and how to deal with adversity. However, the most valuable skill I took away from Groton was how to run from my classes straight to practice, and then to dinner and to the library before waking up and doing it all over again. Playing on a collegiate team requires that same “go-go-go” lifestyle, and you are expected to perform at your best each day. While my days are very busy in college, they are no busier than my days at Groton were. I am incredibly grateful to have been trained to take both chaos and pressure in stride.

What is a favorite memory of your Groton athletic career?
In the fall of my Fifth Form year, our field hockey team got to play at Lawrence Academy one night under the lights. While field hockey is a slightly different sport than football, we stepped onto the field as if we were stars of the TV show Friday Night Lights. I don’t remember much about the regular time, but I can still see our overtime lineup so clearly. As the seven of us stepped into our places, both the Groton and Lawrence football teams arrived along the sidelines to cheer and heckle. All it took was a few minutes of pure adrenaline, a few good passes, a dodge of the goalie, and the satisfying sound of a field hockey ball against the backboard of the net. Our team stormed the field (and the football players jumped up and down in celebration). Although field hockey was never my number-one sport at Groton, that moment trumps all others in regard to the sheer joy I experienced.
 
What advice would you give to students who want to participate in college athletics?
I sort of took the path less traveled when it came to seeking out college athletics. I did not play on any club teams or spend my summers concentrating on a sport; instead, I threw as much of myself as I could into my Groton teams for my four years of high school. That was where I had the most fun—outside (and on the ice), with my friends, right in between a day of classes and an evening of homework. I would advise aspiring college athletes to play their sports because they love every piece of them. Okay, maybe not every piece, but most pieces. When you get to college, you’re going to have to put hours of work and mental energy into your team each week. A love for playing the game, for being on a team, and for challenging yourself in new ways every day is what will sustain you and propel you forward.

Athletic Accomplishments while at Groton:
Senior captain of field hockey, ice hockey, and lacrosse teams
ISL first team All-League 2015 and 2016
Lacrosse team MVP 2015
Lacrosse team Coaches’ Award 2016
Hockey team Coaches’ Award 2015–16
Field hockey team MVP 2015
Honorable mention All-ISL in field hockey 2015
Earned Cornelia Amory Frothingham Athletic Prize, given upon graduation for all-around athletic ability and qualities of leadership and sportsmanship

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