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In the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament, junior Callie Fisher scored with just 7.8 seconds left to overcome Salisbury University. The goal pushed the team into the next round—the Elite 8. This was the third game this season in which Fisher’s netted a game-winning point. 

1. What was your first experience playing field hockey?

My first experience playing field hockey was at a summer camp when I was in first grade. I didn’t have any equipment, so I was given a hand-me-down stick from my cousin. After the camp, my cousin continued to teach me some basic skills in her front yard.

2. What is the most memorable game you have played?

Playing in the NCAA tournament. […] It is such a big deal to be one of the last eight teams standing in the country. We were lucky enough to be a part of such a high level of competition.

3. If you could compete anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

Playing field hockey in the Netherlands would be a great experience. The level of skill and competition [there] is one of the highest in the world. Many people don’t realize how big the sport of field hockey is. For some European countries, professional field hockey games draw as many fans as an American baseball game.

4. How did it feel scoring within the last seconds of the game against Salisbury to put the team into the third round of the NCAA tournament?

Scoring in the last ten seconds of our game against Salisbury was one of the greatest feelings I’ve had. I had never cried happy tears until that moment. Our team deserved to move onto the Elite 8, and I wanted to make that happen for us.

5. Looking back at the season, what were the team’s greatest strengths?

UR field hockey’s strengths this season were our tenacity and confidence against our toughest opponents. We also had great leadership and a vision of making it to the tournament. The entire team worked very hard from day one of preseason to be a part of our program’s history—beating Cortland, beating Skidmore twice in one season, getting a bid to the NCAA tournament and making it to the Elite 8.

6. Would you rather have be on Survivor with Betty White or Mr. Rogers? Why?

Easy—Betty White! Who wouldn’t want to have constant comic relief while stranded on an island? She would definitely keep the mood light and happy. 

Douglas is a member of the class of 2017.

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