Senior goalkeeper Gabrielle Cantley contributed to UR Field Hockey’s shootout win on Friday evening against Skidmore College. Cantley played all 100 minutes of the game, making six saves and having a spectacular performance in the shootout after two rounds of overtime. The win clinched the Liberty League regular season title for the Yellowjackets and secured their spot in the conference playoffs.
What thoughts were going through your head during the shootout against Skidmore?
I was very confident in my abilities and the abilities of my teammates taking the shootouts. I wasn’t very nervous. I was hyper-focused on the ball and stopping it no matter what the circumstance. I knew a lot was on the line, and I just needed to get the job done.
What keeps you calm under pressure?
Again it’s all about confidence. When I am confident in myself and the defense around me I have no doubts. I stay calm knowing that I have a solid defense in front of me, and as a group we all have each other’s backs.
How does it feel to have clinched the Liberty League regular season title for the second time in your career?
It feels amazing. The last time we clinched the regular season title was my freshman year. It was a very surreal and different experience as a senior. I was able to really contribute to this title throughout the season. Skidmore has always been a tough game, and I am so grateful that we were able to pull away with the win to clinch the title.
What impact do your teammates have on your performance?
My teammates are everything to me. They are my family here at UR. On the field, they somewhat impact my performance. If everyone is playing well then I usually play better too. If my teammates aren’t playing as well as normal, I try to be positive and encouraging.
How would you describe your leadership style both on and off the field?
I would consider myself a quiet leader. More of a lead by example type. I always try to be a good example in everything I do, but I’m not the most outgoing person.
What is your favorite part about being a student athlete at UR?
My favorite part about being a student athlete is the opportunity to play the sport I love and get a fantastic education. I also like that DIII allows the athletes to focus more on school than other divisions.
What is your pre-game pump up song?
“All I Do” by NF.