With the Liberty field hockey team traveling to William & Mary for a match on Sunday, LibertyFlames.com continues its field hockey focus series with Monica Hernick.
Hernick is a junior goalkeeper from Moorestown, N.J. and is majoring in elementary and special education.
What was the atmosphere like at the BIG EAST home opener against Quinnipiac? Hernick: The atmosphere was super joyful and energetic! It was great to see more than 700 fans turn out for the BIG EAST home opener. Our team really focused on playing freely and not holding anything back as well as having fun. We came out with so much energy and so much heart, which was evident in the way we played.
Talk a little bit about the 10 freshmen on this year's team and what they've brought to the table in the early part of the season. Hernick: This freshmen class is special. They really bring kindness and have done a good job of meshing well with the team dynamic. They are buying into our mission, which is very encouraging. They respect the culture of the team, which is one of love and respect. Playing-wise, they bring a lot of consistency and passion. I've noticed that they are super coachable and take criticism very well as young players.
Is there a coffee shop or restaurant that's a must-visit in your hometown of Moorestown, N.J.? Hernick: There's this place called the Cubby Hole on Main Street in Moorestown. I love the atmosphere there. It's super quaint and relaxing. A lot of times, I'll just go there and read The Bible on a Saturday morning, and it's just nice to spend some quiet time there.
How has your walk with the Lord grown in your time at Liberty in a way that it did not when you were in high school? Hernick: My faith has grown a lot while being here at Liberty. The biggest thing that the Lord has been teaching me is how to serve others and put others' needs before my own. The LUFH has challenged me in this way, and I'm thankful for that. Also, the Lord continues to blow me away by his faithfulness in bringing me to this team.
What has been the biggest point of emphasis/takeaway from the first seven games? Hernick: When each player takes ownership of her individual role and works hard in that role, that is when we will find success. Ultimately, this is a platform that the Lord has given us to glorify him. Enjoying the game and working hard for his glory are two things we must continue to prioritize moving forward.
What do you personally do to strengthen relationships with your teammates? Hernick: I absolutely adore each girl on this team and think everyone is so unique. It's so fun getting to know each girl on a deeper level. One thing that I try to do to be intentional with my teammates is meeting up with one or two of them throughout the week to check in and hang out. This always proves to be such a fun and special time, which only makes me want to continue this!
How have your professors at Liberty integrated Jesus Christ into their teaching? Hernick: As an elementary and special education major, I've had the privilege of learning under professors that have such a passion for young people. Each one of my education professors emphasizes the importance of showing Jesus to children of every background. Learning how to become a Christian educator has been an encouraging and challenging process, but I think the professors at Liberty are doing a tremendous job of preparing me for my future classroom.
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