Although the Hatters have two home games remaining this season, seniors Jordan Cleghorn and Chelsea Whalley were honored prior to Saturday's doubleheader with ETSU. While Senior Day normally sparks a wide range of emotions, it was especially bittersweet for Whalley, who has been unable to compete due to an injury since mid-March.
"It was a very special day for me," Whalley said. "Obviously I couldn't play, so that was hard, but more importantly, my teammates were so supportive and took the energy I wanted to take to the field. That meant so much to me."
After a long video tribute on the message board, the two seniors were presented with flowers and gifts from their teammates. Whalley, an Alberta native, was also treated to the Canadian national anthem, which was sung via recording by her sister, Marissa.
"(Marissa) just had jaw surgery and she can barely open her mouth," Whalley said. "She's not allowed to fly down here and be with me, and she is my best friend. For her to do that for me was the best feeling in the world."
Whalley and Cleghorn's former temmate Jill Semento carried the Canadian flag onto the field for the national anthem.
"Jill's a close friend of both Jordan and myself, so that was great," Whalley said. "My teammates, my coaches, my parents, everyone went above and beyond every aspect of the day."
"It was so emotional," Cleghorn said. "These group of girls have been so awesome and it's going to be so hard to leave them, but they really made my senior year awesome."