At just about any other place on this sports-crazed planet, the 3-1 loss suffered by the Wheelock College women’s field hockey team in its first home game of 2011 would have been cause for hung heads, slumped shoulders, and a grumpy locker room.
But in the alternate universe that is Wheelock, the Lady Wildcats left the field with smiles and attagirls all around.
“We improved! Last year we would never have scored on them,’’ said junior striker Despina Savvoulides, the game’s lone scorer.
Thus the Wheelock athletic department philosophy: Winning doesn’t matter. Improvement, enjoyment, character, and team building do. Seriously.