Get to Know Your Hawks: Kelsey Boyce

June 28, 2012

Iowa goalkeeper Kelsey Boyce, a native of Califon, N.J., recently sat down with hawkeyesports.com.

What was it like to be a member of the 2011 NCAA Tournament team?
“It was an amazing feeling when they announced that we had the bid into the tournament and the Hawkeye logo flashed on the screen. I can’t remember what was said because everyone went crazy, screaming and jumping.”

How rewarding was the experience, after the work put in during the offseason?
“Our team worked extremely hard last spring and summer and to make it as far as we did was a tribute to the work we put in. We are hungry for more and are working every day toward repeating that and pushing further in the tournament.”

Other than Grant Field, what is your favorite place on campus?
“You can find me hanging out at the new Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. The facility is amazing and has basketball courts, swimming pools, hot tubs, saunas, and great tropical smoothies.”

Do you have any hobbies?
“I enjoy playing racquetball on the weekends at the UI Field House, and I’m always looking for new opponents. Any takers?”

What is your favorite movie?
“I love Gladiator. I watch it whenever I need motivation and by now, I could easily quote half of it.”

What is your favorite food/meal?
“Artichokes, anything with them as an ingredient has to taste good.”

Who is your favorite professional athlete?
“Jorge Posada, the former catcher for the New York Yankees. It was a sad day for me when he retired.”

What is your favorite TV show?
“The Office. I like to think of myself as the fun loving Michael Scott with the cunningness of Dwight.”

Who is the most influential person in your life?
“My dad is the most influential person in my life. It’s a little cliché but being far from home, it’s nice to know he’s only a phone call away whenever I need advice or a pep talk.”

Do you have any pregame superstitions?
“Our team likes to express ourselves through motion. After a scrumptious team breakfast we all dance in the parking lot outside of our locker room.”

What is your favorite restaurant in the Iowa City area?
“Anywhere that serves sushi. Takanami, specifically, because their miso soup is the best I’ve had in Iowa and they have a fish tank, which is always fun to look at.”

What was the key factor in your recruitment that led you to Iowa City and the Hawkeye field hockey program?
“The Iowa field hockey program has such a great legacy and amazing facilities and staff to go with it. The girls on the team strive to improve and are committed to the program and each other, which is hard to find. Being from the East Coast and coming to Iowa the distance doesn’t matter. You feel at home here, and the team becomes your stand-in college family. It’s a great atmosphere.”