Coaching any team sport many times lends itself to a bit of a strict approach. To get everyone on the same page, you teach the same skills, by the same methods, with the same outcomes.
But talk to the the three new transfers for the Boston College women's team, and each one marvels at how coach Acacia Walker-Weinstein and Co. really takes the opposite tact.
In other words, fostering the individual ingenuity is encouraged, and not snuffed out in favor of fitting everyone into the same box. It's true regardless of position. With the arrivals of junior attack Charlotte North (Duke), sophomore goalie Rachel Hall (Oregon), and junior attack Bridget Simmons (Albany), one of the main takeaways for all three has been how the Eagles — who have made the Div. 1 national title game three straight years — want the players to be themselves.
"I'd say, offensively, there's a huge presence of creativity, which I love," said North, who in her first two years with the Blue Devils, led them in goals with 82, and a Tewaaraton Watch List selection last spring.