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2017-2018 Syracuse Hockey

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The Syracuse Women’s hockey team started off the first half of season with many obstacles. I would argue we have one of the toughest out of conference schedules in the country. We played many ranked teams like Wisconsin and Boston College only losing by a goal. Unfortunately, at the end of the day, no matter how well we played, a loss is a loss.

I truly believe losing teaches you more about yourself and as a team than winning but as a competitor, I hate losing more than I love winning. At the end of our first semester we ended with getting swept by one of our rivals, Mercyhurst. This left a bitter taste in my mouth, but also made me realize we have a lot of work to do. It has allowed me to reflect personally on what I have to do better to help our team to be more successful.

I can’t help but watch the Vegas Golden Knights play and see how well they have come together as a team. I read an article one of the players wrote for Players Tribune: David Perron. He spoke about how everyone on their team has a chip on their shoulder. Take a second to think about this. Everyone on that team was un-wanted and un-protected by their previous team. The Golden Knights are currently first place in the Pacific Division. I believe this is a perfect example of what can happen when you play with a purpose. Every time I watch them play, I can tell they are playing for something bigger than themselves.

I truly believe our team can turn this season around and come back in the second half with a chip on our shoulder, with something to prove. Our team has an unbelievable amount of potential but words mean nothing, actions are everything.

Allie Munroe #9

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