by Roger Wistar
The girls varsity lacrosse team made an international connection when it hosted and scrimmaged a team from the University of Tokyo on May 23.
The Japanese team, visiting prep schools and colleges on a tour of the United States, reached out to head coach Anna Traggio, who eagerly accepted the invitation to meet and play.
"I was so excited for the opportunity to play these international women," said Traggio.
Besides the afternoon scrimmage, the day was filled with Hotchkiss festivities for the visitors. Coinciding with our "Thank a Donor Day" meant that the lunch menu included many staples of Americana, including hot dogs, soft pretzels, and snow cones, which delighted the visitors, said Traggio.
Following lunch, the Bearcats took the guests on a tour of campus, which was also well-received. "There was lots of 'oohs' and 'aahs'," she said.
The event culminated in a scrimmage between the two teams. Although the Bearcats tended to have the upper hand on draw controls and were able thus to control possession, Traggio praised the Japanese team for players for their discipline and knowledge of the game.
The Hotchkiss players benefitted tremendously from the experience, she said. "My girls loved the interaction and loved to see the different style of play," said Traggio. "It was a wonderful experience to grow the game globally."