Freshman forward Michelle Relin scored two goals in the Yellowjackets’ season opener against Kenyon College, helping lead the team to their first victory. From Lititz, P.A., Relin was a decorated high school field hockey player. She earned league honors three straight seasons and was named an Academic All-American. Her talent was on display on Saturday, Sept. 1 when she helped Rochester to a 5-0 win.
What is your major?
Undecided, but probably something in science.
How long have you been playing field hockey?
I started in seventh grade. I played seventh, eighth and high school all four years. In 10th grade I joined a club team called High Styx and we went to many showcases together.
What do you love about field hockey and why did you choose to play this sport?
I had a really good experience with my club team and it really made me start loving the sport. I had good coaches that really inspired me and I just love playing. I have a great time.
Who got you involved in field hockey?
In seventh grade one of my friends was trying out for the team and I didn’t have a sport to play in the fall, so I thought “maybe I’ll try it,” and I went to her backyard and she showed me how to hit the ball. From there it went well.
What’s the best piece of advice a coach has ever given you?
This summer when I got my workout packet for Rochester my coach sent me a bunch of quotes, and this one quote stuck with me: “pain is temporary, but if you quit, the pain will never go away.” When I was working out this summer I really wanted to come in here and be an impact player. I knew that it would be hard and painful, but it will be worth it in the long run.
Why UR over the Division I schools that offered you a spot?
Academics first, athletics second. The opportunities here were too hard to turn down. You can really be a well-rounded person here. You can be an impact student in the classroom and athlete on the field.
What sport would you play if not field hockey?
I played basketball in high school, and I love it. Both the sports are awesome. Hopefully I can stay involved here through the club team.
What’s your pump-up song?
“Remember the Name” by Fort Minor.
Davis is a member of the class of 2016.