Mayora, Goh and Dickson (left to right) in front of their team's home turf in Brisbane.
Harvard field hockey players Carly Dickson, Kim Goh and Pilar Mayora are spending their summer playing for the Northern Suburbs field hockey club in Brisbane, Australia.
The Crimson players are part of the club’s senior-level Division 1 squad and compete in Division 1, 2 and 3 games each weekend. The Division 1 league consists of college-aged and older players, many of whom are current members of the Queensland state team and a few who play for Australia’s national squad.
“The Division 1 competition is very fast and skilled; it’s a great learning experience,” said Dickson, a rising junior midfielder and two-time All-Ivy League selection for the Crimson. “Internationally, Australia is consistently ranked within the top five in the world, so the nation has a very strong passion and pride for field hockey. It’s great to be a part of that.”
With club team practices during the week and games on the weekend to go with Harvard’s summer conditioning program, the players spend seemingly all their time on the turf or track. However, they have found some time to travel on their own. They have learned to surf in Noosa and traveled to Byron Bay, Surfer’s Paradise and Sydney as well.
All three players were starters for the Crimson last season. Dickson ranked second on the team with 17 points and was elected team co-captain for the coming year. Mayora had a breakout sophomore season and led Harvard with four defensive saves. Goh started all 17 games as a freshman and played on the U.S. Women’s Under-19 National Team in Argentina in April.