Hi, my name is Katie Mandigo, and I am a sophomore at Middlebury College. I am an Economics major and a Psychology and History double minor. Our season is well under way as we reach the halfway mark of January. So far, we are off to a good start with an 8-1-1 record.
We have played four games since the midseason winter break. We began the second part of our season by clenching an overtime win against Elmira, a long-time rival and the reigning national champion. Then, we won a midweek game versus Salve Regina, commencing the two teams’ first meeting. We traveled to Middletown, CT this past weekend for our third series of NESCAC play. We did not get our legs under us on Friday night, and a physical Wesleyan team fought us for a 2-2 tie. After our dissatisfaction on Friday night, we came back ready to play on Saturday, and battled our way to a 4-1 victory.
We do not play any midweek games this week, so we have a full five days of practice to prepare for the upcoming weekend at Amherst. Here in Middlebury, we are in the middle of January, which means that we each only take one class. This is a fun time on campus, not only because it is a wintry wonderland, but also because J-term yields a very low stress level. I am taking a Meditation class, which is especially relaxing, and is proving to be a very useful skill.
Our team has had many bonding opportunities throughout the season, and I am happy to say that we are a very close-knit team. The seniors have done a wonderful job filling the missing leadership roles from last year’s graduating class. Additionally, the freshmen have had a great year so far, and have become a significant part of our team both on and off the ice.
With many more tough games to come, let’s hope Middlebury continues to play well, and comes out on top!