The Mount Holyoke College soccer team prides itself on maintaining a challenging schedule composed of strong National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III opponents, including some of the top-ranked teams in the nation. The team competes in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC), which boasts some of the best competition in the region. League foes include Wheaton College, Springfield College, Smith College and Wellesley College.
Mount Holyoke offers a competitive environment within which student-athletes are constantly challenged to continually strive for improvement. The traditional soccer season runs from the last week in August to early November. In practices, head coach Kanae Haneishi stresses the development of solid technical and tactical skills and emphasizes a commitment to team play. The program embraces a style of play built on solid team defense, in which dynamic attacking opportunities are created through maintaining possession.
All team members have both varsity high school and club soccer experience. The program attracts players with a commitment to excellence both on and off the field.
As a Mount Holyoke scholar-athlete, you are driven to excel in the athletic arena as well as the classroom and laboratory. The discipline, sense of accomplishment, and competitive edge that you bring to your sport resonate throughout your intellectual life.
The desire to achieve -- it's all part of the mind-body connection.