Valhalla Summer Invasion- Portland, OR June 24, 2017
We represented the GIRLS of CitySide, playing in our first ever tournament Saturday at the Valhalla Summer Invasion. With limited subs and the temperatures hitting over 100 degrees, it certainly required a high level of mental toughness from our team, and we are proud of the way our team rose to the challenge (especially only having played together for just over a week!) We competed against varying levels of ages and abilities, and we were also introduced to full checking for the first time. As a team and as a program, we learned a lot about our enormous potential and what to work on from here. We are excited to grow and continue to bond as a team!
Hashtag Awards of the Weekend: #determinedandstrong Game 1: Juliet Kilborn– For her hustle on the draw and ability to transition the ball up the field Game 2:Izzy Watts- For her ability to always be apart of the ride and work hard all over the field Game 3:Riley Carolan- For carrying the ball up the field when the team was tired and going hard to goal!
We will see everyone this week at practice Monday & Wednesday!!
Hello Everyone! Welcome to my blog! While many of you may already know this, I am one of the assistant coaches for Irish National Women’s Lacrosse team. Yes, I know, it is an awesome gig and has been a very rewarding opportunity. It has been an honor to coach this special group of women, to work with this incredible staff (who are also great friends), and to be a part of the international growth of the game! In less than one month, I will head off to Ireland to train as a team before we fly to England to participate in the FIL Rathbones Women’s Lacrosse World Cup. My hope, in creating this blog, is to share this special experience with all of you.
To answer some of the questions that many people have, and that you might have as well:
Are you even Irish? No, I am technically not Irish (although I feel pretty lucky, get it…Irish…).
How did you ever land this amazing opportunity? Like I said above, I’ve got the luck of the Irish! All kidding aside, Sarah Walsh, the head coach of Team Ireland and a former player on the team herself, reached out to me when I first moved to Seattle two and a half years ago. Sarah and I are both Northwestern graduates and while I never had the opportunity to play with Sarah (who graduated the year before I attended) we had a great connection and have coached a number of camps together. In fact, Sarah was the very first Northwestern player I met when I visited the school between my junior and senior year of high school. She went out of her way to make me feel comfortable and at home with the Northwestern team and that feeling she left me with is one of the many reasons I committed to go to school at the end of that visit. When she called me up two and a half years ago and asked if I would be interested in helping coach the team (although I took a few days to think about it), I said that I would love to. Our philosophies and values (and the rest of the coach staffs) are so much in line that is was a no brainer and the experience has been everything I imagined and WAY more. How do you manage to live in Seattle and coach the Irish team? Great questions. When I joined the staff two and a half years ago, the major upcoming event was the European Championship the following August of 2015. The next major event was the World Cup that is coming up this July. While the times that I spend with the team are intensive (3 weeks in Prague, Czech Republic for the European Championships and 3 weeks coming up in July for the World Cup) they are not frequent and happen to occur during times that, as a 7th grade coordinator at Seattle Academy, I have off! With that in mind, the girls train very hard on their own year round to prepare for these tournaments and hold each other accountable.
What Harry Potter house do you belong to? Okay, I recognize that this is probably not a question that you actually have but one thing you need to know about our team is that everyone gets sorted into a house and as no surprise to anyone, I am a member of Hufflepuff. I will introduce you to some other Huffles when I get over to Europe!
What is the highlight of coaching this team? The people. This is such a special group of people that I have the privilege to coach. They are passionate, engaged, funny, supportive, and they all have a really special connection to each other and a pride in representing Ireland. I remember the end of the European Championships feeling very bittersweet. We had done really well as a team and I was excited to get back home, but I was really sad to be leaving the team. Now we will all be reunited very soon and I could not be more excited.
Coaching the Irish team has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and I cannot wait to share the experience with you all. Look out for inside scoops on the team and World Cup, interviews with players, and video clips! See you across the pond!
Meet the CitySideLax Girl’s Director, Hilary Bowen!
Name: Hilary Bowen Nickname: Hil or Hilbo Year of Graduation (College):2009 High School/College:Brighton High School and Northwestern University (Go Cats!) Favorite Position:Midfield because you get to do a little of everything BUT my place of comfort is as a lefty crease attacker # of Years Playing Lacrosse:18 years I think!
Where were you born & where do you currently live? Rochester, NY & Seattle, WA
Favorite Pump Up Song? Walk It Out Remix by DJ Unk ft. Andre 3000
Favorite Movie? The Sandlot
Do you have any pets? No…but some day I will rescue a dog
What are 3 words that you would use to describe yourself? Friendly, Warm, Optimistic
What does being part of CSL meant to you? Being a part of CSL means so much to me. The crew at CitySide were my initial family out here in Seattle. They made me feel at home when everything was new and unfamiliar and I knew very few people. So right away, CitySide means family. Moreover, when I arrived in Seattle I thought that I was burned out from lacrosse. In CitySide I found the niche I needed to rekindle my love for the game by sharing it with others in a way that felt very natural and energizing to me. With that, it has meant cultivating and being a part of a community built on love, connection, joy, and personal growth and development.
If you could have dinner with any 3 individuals who would they be? 1. My mom- she passed away when I was 3 so I would love the chance to get to know her 2. Abraham Lincoln- I love him and want to learn more about who he was 3. Ellen Degeneres- it would make dinner constantly entertaining and we would probably dance 4. The Dalai Lama – that guy is always smiling and seems to bring really good vibes (sorry I know this is a 4th person in a question about 3)
What is your favorite lacrosse memory? The last few moments of the National Championship my senior year. It was a tough year as I had torn my ACL half way through the season. Our coach’s father had also passed away mid season and he was one of our biggest supporters. We ended with all of the seniors on the field and it was just an extra special moment. But that moment would have meant nothing without the many amazing yetseemingly insignificant moments that I shared with my teammates every day at practice. That is why the experience was meaningful.
What are your favorite inspirational quotes? “Ive learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou “Wherever you go, no matter the weather, always bring your own sunshine.”
If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Cornbread and Honey Butter
Favorite School subject? American History
What is your favorite place you’ve ever been? Nicaragua. A six-hour drive out of the big city of Managua and a two hour drive on the back of pick up trucks way up into the mountains. I went during my senior year of college and it was the first time left the country. I had the opportunity to go with a number of Northwestern students on this service trip (including six of my lacrosse teammates). We played with the kids in the village and even introduced them to lacrosse. It was the first time I really combined my love for lacrosse with my love for service work and discovered how much I enjoyed traveling as well. Since then I have coached and done service work in Uganda and Jamaica and have traveled with Team Ireland to Prague (and soon England!).
Who is one person you look up to and why? My dad. He is my guy. My mom passed away when I was really young and he has always been my rock. He was not only my biggest fan through my college years (he is a lax rat who never played!) but he has always encouraged me to be myself, to follow my dreams, and that hard work pays off. He also always held me accountable, taught me to see commitments through, and has always been there for me when I need him. He is just a really great dad and good person. Love you, Dad!
Besides lacrosse, what other interests do you have? I love to travel and see new places. I love to read, listen to podcasts, go to live music, go for walks, and hang out with my friends and family. My interests change with the season but come summer it is hiking, spikeball, 3x lacrosse, and getting afternoon cold brews at Starbucks Mad Park.
If you were an animal, what would you be? Well, I wasn’t sure so I just took an online quiz. It said I am a swan, whatever that means.
Any hidden talents? I don’t think so… if they exist they are currently hidden to me too
What are your goals for lacrosse? I live by certain principles that are same no matter what I am doing – to be myself, to continue to evolve, and to make sure care and connection at the forefront of what I am doing. So, with lacrosse, my goal is to always bring my best self to the field, to continue to grow as a player and coach, and to build and enrich relationships through the game!