With the Liberty field hockey team just wrapping up its 2016 season at the BIG EAST Championship last weekend, LibertyFlames.com spotlights Sydney Baffone in its field hockey focus series.
Baffone is a freshman midfielder from Newark, Del. She is majoring in exercise science.
Tell us your recruiting story and how you came to Liberty. Baffone: As I began my college search, I knew of Liberty, but I never had really considered it as an option. I was looking at a couple of other schools and talking to some coaches, but every time I visited a school or had a conversation with a coach, something about it just didn't feel right. I started getting a little discouraged because at this point it was the summer before my senior year, and most girls were already committed. But once I finally decided to email coach [Jodi Murphy], everything began to fall into place. She came to a couple of my high school games, and then I drove down to Liberty for a visit. During this visit, I got the chance to be in the locker room for pregame. Experiencing the worship and the atmosphere before the game was what ultimately made me realize this was where I belonged.
What has been your favorite class so far, and why? Baffone: My favorite class so far has probably been EVAN. I love the material that we cover and how passionate Dr. Wheeler is about spreading the Gospel.
What has been the biggest difference between college field hockey and high school field hockey? Baffone: The biggest difference between high school and college field hockey is probably the degree of preparation for each game. In high school you really just go out and play, but in college the level of play is so much higher because you study each team and develop a detailed game plan.
What do your parents do for work? Do you have siblings? If so, how old are they and where are they in school? Baffone: My parents are the biggest role models in my life. My dad owns assistPoint Partners, a patient services company focusing on reducing financial toxicities for cancer patients. My mom is a stay-at-home mom. My brothers, Eli and Dom, are my best friends. Eli is 11, and he is in fifth grade at Wilmington Christian School. Dom is 21, and he is a junior at Lancaster Bible College where he plays soccer.
What was your impression of competing in the BIG EAST Conference in your first year, as well as against several of the top schools in the nation? Baffone: Competing in the BIG EAST Conference this year has been such a blessing. It is such an honor for every one of us to play against some of the most talented teams in the country. These opportunities have pushed us to become better as a team, and there is so much more in store for us in the future.
Is your hometown of Newark, Del., known for anything in particular? Baffone: The area that I live in has some really beautiful state parks and places to run or walk. Also, my house is technically in Delaware, but I can walk just a couple hundred feet down the road and be in Pennsylvania!
What is your favorite place on Liberty's campus or surrounding area and why? Baffone: My favorite place is probably Millie's Living Café. I love the healthy food options that they offer, and their coffee is the bomb.
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