My name is Katie Sullivan and I’m a sophomore forward at Middlebury. I’m from Bethesda, MD and am a recently declared Economics major with minors in Political Science and German.
We just finished up our Winter Term (J-Term) where each of us only takes one class for the month of January. Like many students, I used this opportunity to push my boundaries academically and enrolled in a playwriting class. I can’t say I necessarily felt right at home in the theater, but my visiting professor (a Middlebury graduate and professional playwright) really made it one of the best classes I have taken. I even convinced some of my teammates to come see the production of my final play.
J-Term really is the most wonderful time of the year, where each of us can have this great academic experience while getting to focus more on hockey. There was plenty of time for extra ice time and film sessions with our coaches. It was a crucial month of the season — full of hard NESCAC weekends that consisted of a couple of long bus rides to Bowdoin and Connecticut College as well as visits from conference foes Amherst and Hamilton. As is true every year, there is no such thing as an easy NESCAC game. We finished 5-2-1 in these leagues games this month. Right now we are in sole possession of the number one spot in the NESCAC, which means we control our own destiny. This is exactly where we want to be heading into the final NESCAC weekend of the season—our home-and-home series with Williams. If we win both games we will finish in first, so it is up to us whether or not we get to host the NESCAC playoffs.
After we hosted Hamilton (for a couple of well-deserved wins on our annual alumnae weekend), we attended a large surprise party to celebrate Coach Mandigo’s incredibly successful 25 seasons as the women’s ice hockey coach here at Middlebury. It was a great night filled with speeches from former players and parents that really made me appreciate the strong women’s hockey legacy Coach Mandigo has established. However, it’s great to know there’s still a lot more to be said about his 25th season here this year!