Courtesy of Michelle Relin

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.


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