Q&A with Boyd Vicars
Senior Boyd Vicars and the third-ranked Virginia field hockey team close the regular season at 1 p.m. Saturday at 18th-ranked Duke. Vicars, a native of Durham, N.C., recently caught up to VirginiaSports.com to talk about Halloween, senior day, and her plans for the future.
Question: Are you excited about Halloween? What are you going to dress up as?
Vicars: I’m going as Lady Gaga. I ordered the wig and I have the sunglasses ready and everything, so I just have to put together the outfit. I need to get a leotard, but I don’t know if I’m bold enough to do that. I guess we’ll see. It’s my favorite holiday because everyone dresses up and in college people wear crazy stuff. Plus, you get candy!
Question: What is your favorite all-time Halloween costume?
Vicars: I remember being a bumble bee. I remember being a gypsy one year and I wore tons of jewelry and I was really loud. My teachers got really mad at me because I would wear clunky jewelry and it was really loud in class. I was a Spice Girl one year – I was Sporty Spice, but the gypsy and bumble bee costumes stick out to me the most.
Question: How was senior day for you?
Vicars: It was a lot of fun. It just hit me that I am going to be graduating and it hadn’t really hit me until then. But it was fun to spend it with my family, my coaches, and all of my teammates. The whole weekend was really nice.
Question: Last weekend also included two key wins.
Vicars: That was definitely the highlight. To beat two teams in one weekend is good. I think my favorite part was being in the huddle about to go on the field before the whistle blew for the Radford game. I remember looking down and then looking up and seeing all the fourth-years’ faces and we were all so emotional and just wanted to laugh cause we looked so ridiculous. That moment stuck out to me the most.
Question: What are you planning to do after graduation?
Vicars: I am going to take a year off and I want to go into nursing. I am going to take the pre-requisites, get my classes straight, and then apply to some programs. You have to have a lot of clinic hours, so in the spring I’m training to be an EMT. I get to ride around in the rescue squad truck, which will be cool. I got my CPR test out of the way a couple weekends ago so now I’m ready to go.
Question: What has been your favorite class at UVa?
Vicars: I really liked my child development class. It was EDLS 315. I was really interested in the material. I liked learning about child psychology and I thought that was really interesting. Maybe that’s what sparked my interest in medicine. I also really like one of my Spanish classes this semester, Borges. The teacher is really interesting. It is a whole class dedicated to the author Borges. He is one of the most famous Latin American authors. I didn’t know anything about him until this class, but the teacher knew him and tells personal stories about him and it’s really cool.
Question: What do you see yourself doing down the road?
Vicars: I don’t really know. Obviously, doing something I love and being happy. I have no set plans right now.
Question: What do you do for fun when you’re not playing hockey?
Vicars: I like hanging out with my friends and being a bum. I like to shop and watch TV. I like the Jersey Shore. Adrienne (Ostroff) is my roommate and we like to sit on the couch together and watch TV. I like to sleep and I like to go out to eat with my friends.
Question: How would you describe the season to this point?
Vicars: It’s been really exciting because we’ve had a lot of awesome games, but also we have a lot left to give and a lot of potential. It is exciting to know that there’s a lot still ahead.
Question: What will your last game down in Durham be like?
Vicars: I’m excited to have my family there. Growing up playing hockey I always played at UNC or Duke. To wrap up my career there will be ironic but it will be special and kind of cool.