SAU Buzz

Athletes travel for spring break

by Livv McDonald
Posted on Mar 31, 2016

Spring break is a chance for many college students to travel. But for some dedicated students, the journey wasn't all about relaxation. Some of St. Ambrose University's athletes used their spring break as an opportunity to continue training and competing. Two of these were the SAU Lacrosse and girl's Softball teams.

The SAU Lacrosse team spent their break traveling between Kentucky, North Carolina, and Tennessee. While there, they had games against Asbury University, Montreat College, and the University of the Cumberlands. 

“We travel so we get to play top opponents,” Nick Stuart, defense for the SAU Lacrosse team, said. “Getting that competition and playing against the best, that is what I get out of it.”

According to Stuart, the trip was mostly about work. While the team's goal was to play and return with wins, a few days were worked into the schedule so that the boys could enjoy their break, also. 

“I love the travel,” Stuart said. “We get to see some really awesome places. And it's a good time to bond as a team.”

The Lacrosse boys were not the only team to travel over spring break. The girl's softball team went to Clermont, Florida. Led by coach Ron Ferrill, the team traveled to the National Training Center on Sunday where they played 11 games in the NTC Games. Of those games, 3 were on Sunday, 3 on Monday, 3 on Wednesday, and 2 on Thursday. The girls competed against St. Thomas University twice, Texas Wesleyan University, Missouri Baptist University twice, University of St. Francis, and Monroe Community College. 

“We wanted to play mostly NAI teams,” Ferrill said. “It just so happened that they had plenty for us to play.”

The competition has an entry fee that is set by the number of games a team requests to play. This helped to determine the budget of the trip. The players paid $200. The trip's funding was raised by fundraisers that the team has throughout the year.

Planning for this trip started in Oct. When the team's usual competition didn't line up with SAU's spring break, Ferrill started searching his options. In Nov., it was decided that the team would go to NTC Games. 

“We take everyone on spring break. We don't leave anyone behind because they're on J.V.,” Ferrill said. “We always try to find somewhere we can charter to so that it doesn't cost as much. But the hardest part was getting a schedule that would line up with other teams.”

This trip wasn't all work and no play, though. The team's schedule gave the girls a free day on Tuesday. Ferrill said this was done so that the girls could enjoy their break as much as possible. It is important that teams get as much as they can out of trips like this.

“Team building is the biggest factor,” Ferrill said. “They're spending so much time together in confined spaces. When they're on the bus, eating, at the hotel. Everything they normally do individually must be done as a group. They have to help each other.”

 

Ferrill said that these trips provide an opportunity that adds to an athlete's college experience. It gives collegiate athletes a chance to travel and see parts of the country they might not see otherwise. 

Spring break is a chance for many college students to travel. But for some dedicated students,
the journey wasn't all about relaxation. Some of St. Ambrose University's athletes used their spring
break as an opportunity to continue training and competing. Two of these were the SAU Lacrosse and
girl's Softball teams.
The SAU Lacrosse team spent their break traveling between Kentucky, North Carolina, and
Tennessee. While there, they had games against Asbury University, Montreat College, and the
University of the Cumberlands.
“We travel so we get to play top opponents,” Nick Stuart, defense for the SAU Lacrosse team,
said. “Getting that competition and playing against the best, that is what I get out of it.”
According to Stuart, the trip was mostly about work. While the team's goal was to play and
return with wins, a few days were worked into the schedule so that the boys could enjoy their break,
also.
“I love the travel,” Stuart said. “We get to see some really awesome places. And it's a good time
to bond as a team.”
The Lacrosse boys were not the only team to travel over spring break. The girl's softball team
went to Clermont, Florida. Led by coach Ron Ferrill, the team traveled to the National Training Center
on Sunday where they played 11 games in the NTC Games. Of those games, 3 were on Sunday, 3 on
Monday, 3 on Wednesday, and 2 on Thursday. The girls competed against St. Thomas University
twice, Texas Wesleyan University, Missouri Baptist University twice, University of St. Francis, and
Monroe Community College.
“We wanted to play mostly NAI teams,” Ferrill said. “It just so happened that they had plenty
for us to play.”
The competition has an entry fee that is set by the number of games a team requests to play.
This helped to determine the budget of the trip. The players paid $200. The trip's funding was raised by
fundraisers that the team has throughout the year.
Planning for this trip started in Oct. When the team's usual competition didn't line up with
SAU's spring break, Ferrill started searching his options. In Nov., it was decided that the team would
go to NTC Games.
“We take everyone on spring break. We don't leave anyone behind because they're on J.V.,”
Ferrill said. “We always try to find somewhere we can charter to so that it doesn't cost as much. But the
hardest part was getting a schedule that would line up with other teams.”
This trip wasn't all work and no play, though. The team's schedule gave the girls a free day on
Tuesday. Ferrill said this was done so that the girls could enjoy their break as much as possible. It is
important that teams get as much as they can out of trips like this.
“Team building is the biggest factor,” Ferrill said. “They're spending so much time together in
confined spaces. When they're on the bus, eating, at the hotel. Everything they normally do individually
must be done as a group. They have to help each other.”
Ferrill said that these trips provide an opportunity that adds to an athlete's college experience. It
gives collegiate athletes a chance to travel and see parts of the country they might not see otherwise.