Hartford, Conn. - It is an exciting time for the Trinity men's lacrosse team, which plays its first season under new head coach, Jason Tarnow in 2018. The squad boasts a large group of talented upperclassmen who will look to lead the Bantams in their quest to return to the postseason this spring. Among those leaders is senior goalie Woody Hamilton (Williamstown, Mass.) who is one of three captains, a team leader who exemplifies the drive to succeed as the Bantams look to take the next step this year.
Coming off a career year in 2017 in which he finished with 195 total saves and a 56.4 save percentage, both of which ranked third-best in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), Hamilton, a two-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree, talks about the makeup of this year's team as well as what the future may hold for him after Trinity.
What were some keys in you making a jump to being such a key contributor and leader to the team last year? How has that helped you in leading the team this year?
WH: After spending two years as a back-up goalie, I went into my junior year still in a battle for the starting job. Earning the starting job is definitely a confidence booster and I feel as though I improved with experience as the season progressed. As a goalie, you are naturally a leader of the defense so that helped in stepping into a leadership role. You are the eyes of the defense and are best positioned to communicate with other defenders and help correct mistakes. I've tried to carry that leadership forward this season into a formal role as captain.
What's it like for the team playing under a new coach? How has the feeling changed?
WH: It is great to have fresh, new energy in the program. I was involved in the coaching search process, and Coach Tarnow stood out from the first interview. Everyone is excited for the change we are undergoing, and we all understand that it is a process to get to where we want to be as a program. We hope to be playing our best lacrosse come April.
Coach Tarnow used to be a goalie; how has he helped you make even more strides from last year?
WH: Two of our three coaches are prior college goalies. Coach Tarnow and Coach Carroll have both been very helpful in working on my game, both position and technique. We have four goalies on the roster so we push each other every day in practice to get better.
What is the importance of the student in "student-athlete" to you?
WH: I chose Trinity for the opportunity to continue playing lacrosse at a high level and also receive a great education. I find that the daily structure of being on a sports team helps me excel as a student here.
How has Trinity's location in a major city helped impact your experience as a student?
WH: One of the positives of Trinity being in Hartford is the access to internships downtown. During the fall of my junior year, I interned at an investment management company called Bradley, Foster & Sargent two days a week. It was a great opportunity to supplement my formal liberal arts education.
Do you have any career plans post-Trinity?
WH: I am an economics major, but because of the liberal arts curriculum I have been able to take a wide variety of classes over my four years. Post-graduation I will be working in NYC at Piper Jaffray as an investment banking analyst in their healthcare group, where I interned this past summer.
What are some keys to the team's success this year? It is still early in the season, but what do you expect to come looking forward?
WH: This season we are playing for each other and as a cohesive unit. We have implemented a completely new offense and have made adjustments to our defensive schemes. As I said, we are improving every day and hope to be playing our best lacrosse in April, come NESCAC playoffs.
-Written by Alex Levin '20