We are finally in season and rolling right along. Our squad is a much bigger one than what we have had in the past, a team of 31 girls. We brought in 15 freshman, each and every one of them are very talented. The amount of new comers has only pushed all of us returners to step up our game. The biggest thing that keeps us going is that our team is so close. We have 31 personalities that all work well together and we all get along whenever we are together. It definitely can make or break a season and how well a team does, and luckily our team dynamics is something we never really have to worry about!
We have had three games so far and are 0-3. We had a tough loss 4-3 loss against Potsdam in our season opener. We outshot them something like 39-21 and totally dominated which was a great start to our season although we didn’t finish with the win. This past weekend, we took on Norwich twice. We struggled and had a tough night on Friday but turned around and kept them to a 2-0 game on Saturday. Norwich is nationally ranked and is a very talented team that is disciplined and works well together so it was great that we were able to turn around 12 hours later and play them to a much closer and more disciplined game on our part.
I am really excited for this season, I think we will and can do big things. Every year as the pool of girls hockey players gets bigger and more competitive, our team seems to be getting better and better. With such a young team, I think we will not only be successful this year, but looking in the future, the next two years we will be that much better.
In the past few months, we have been doing lots of community service. The Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk was a 5 mile walk that we did along with our women’s soccer and basketball teams. Some of us also volunteered at a water station at a half marathon last weekend on a snowing Sunday morning. It was so fun to see the smiles on those people’s faces running buy knowing they were raising money for a great cause. We strive to give back to our community and all of us take pride in our efforts of giving back every month.
Now that we are back in the grind and in season, I am back trying to figure out how to manage my schoolwork and most importantly sleep. I find myself staying up late as we practice at 740 at night, and waking up early when we have our 6am lifts. Thank god for naps because I would be a walking zombie if I never napped! School is winding down, we only have 4 weeks left in the semester which is crazy. This semester has absolutely flown by and I cannot believe its almost Thanksgiving! Soon enough it will be Christmas break and we will be having our gingerbread house contest and on campus alone for two weeks! I am so excited for what’s to come this season and I cannot wait to share my experiences as they come! Best of luck to everyone!