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Globetrotting hockey player Rebecca Lilly of New Zealand talks about her times abroad and at Finlandia

May 4, 2018

Native New Zealander Rebecca Lilly joined Finlandia Fridays this week. Hailing from the small town of Gore, Lilly is studying biology, while also playing for the women’s hockey team at FinnU. Lilly has been in North America since the age of 15 to play hockey, playing in multiple places in Canada. Being able to continue playing hockey was a primary reason Lilly choose Finlandia. Lilly also mentioned that she enjoys the smaller size of the school and the scenery of the Upper Peninsula.Rebecca Lilly

Lilly traveled to Europe this past spring to participate in the World Championships. Lilly stated that she loves being able to travel and seeing her teammates from New Zealand, who she only sees for a few weeks out of the year and being surrounded by hockey. The Championships took place in suburb outside of Madrid, Spain. Typically, a defenseman, Lilly scored her first goal in international play at the tournament.

For her Finlandia season, Lilly scored six goals, four of which were in the last several games of the season.  Lilly stated that she enjoys playing with the team, and Coach Matt Marchel is always pushing the team to better themselves, both individually and as a team. For more information on women’s hockey, check out the links below.

To help cap off Lilly’s year, she was inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD), an honor society for first year students. Being inducted into ALD, Lilly stated it was the confidence boost she needed to show that all her hard work has been paying off.

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