The VCU field hockey team wrapped up one of the most successful seasons in the program's history this past fall with its first trip to the CAA Tournament since 2003.

Sophomore forward Arialle Hess, a transfer from Temple, was a key to the Rams' success and before she headed full steam into her offseason workouts, Hess sat down with VCU Athletic Communication student assistant Andrew Phillips to let us know a little more about her.

AP:  Why did you decide to come to VCU?
I decided to come to VCU because of field hockey. I had never heard of the school before, and it popped up on my Google search when I decided I wanted to transfer.

From that day things just fell into place and I knew this is where I wanted to be! I love the campus and the coaching staff is wonderful here. I really feel like a part of this team, this group of girls is amazing!

AP: Who influenced to get involved with field hockey?
Lamar Long, once a member of the USA men's U21 national team, influenced me to play hockey and pursue it in college.

We've been friends since high school and he would always beat me during games and he told me one day I could beat him if I kept at it. But I really started in seventh grade just because I thought the skirt looked cute.

AP: What are some of your off the field hobbies/activities?
I like to snowboard and swim.

AP: One thing that you don't leave home without?
I never leave home without my phone or iPod!!

AP: What is one place that you want to visit?
AH: I really want to go to is Russia.

AP: Plans for after graduation?
I plan to visit Germany, and live there for a while. Maybe find a job teaching English or whatever comes along.

Quick Hits

TV Show? The Office
Singer/Artists/Band? Dave Matthews no doubt!
Pro Sports Team? Phillies and Flyers!
Athlete? Nadia Comaneci
Sport to watch besides field hockey at VCU? Nope I love field hockey