Oct. 31, 2011
Chestnut Hill, MA -
Boston College sophomore Tiffany Ruffin talks about the Eagles first scrimmage at Quinnipiac this past weekend.
The first scrimmage of the year is always the most exciting. We as players finally get a chance to see what comes of all our hard work. The coaches didn't know what to expect and neither did we. We left the locker room knowing we were going to make mistakes but our goal as a team was to persevere and stay positive. Before we left the locker room Coach Crawley reminded us that it was okay to make mistakes.
We know we are still learning and have a lot of room to improve, but we'll get there.
Defense is going to determine a lot for us this season. We are learning to take more pride in what we can do on the defensive side of the ball, while letting our offense come to us naturally. All of the hard work is finally paying off. We caused 21 turnovers and have started to see the outcome of Coach (Tim) Eatman's defensive schemes.
On the offensive side of the ball we had several scorers and key plays. Kerri Shields and Kristen Doherty led us offensively, while Korina Chapman, Deidra Smith and Joy Caracciolo handled the business on the boards. At times our offense broke down but our lineup is so versatile this season anyone at any time can take the ball and run.
We came out of Saturday's scrimmage with several teaching points and also things we did very well. We know we need to box-out and rebound better and our communication on the defensive end can be improved. On the offensive end, we need to stay composed and not let the defense dictate where we want to go. We handled there man-to-man pressure well, only having nine turnovers throughout the entire game. The effort was there and that is why we came out victorious.