NEW YORK – Since the start of the semester, the Columbia field hockey team has been taking advantage of practices the new Bubble at Baker, in addition to its usual offseason on-field skill work.

Earlier this month, Maeve Doherty, Whitney Hartstone and Louisa Hollander spoke with the Ivy League Digital Network to discuss the goals of spring training and what they learned from this past season.

All of the Lions’ hard work leads to three dates of spring competition, which begins this Saturday, April 1 at Hofstra. Game time is slated for 11 a.m.

The following weekend, Columbia will travel to Philadelphia for a tournament at Penn beginning at 10:20 a.m. Columbia will take on the likes of Lehigh, Rider, Lafayette and Syracuse.

On Saturday, April 22, Columbia will host a tournament at the Baker Athletics Complex featuring Albany, Quinnipiac, Lafayette and Fairfield to conclude its spring season.

“It’s a time to just try different things,” Doherty said about Columbia's spring contests. “It’s a time to mess up and figure out what we need to work on. Although the games don’t really count on paper, it really opens us up and it just makes us better for when the games do count.”