Happy November, Movember, or whichever one fits you best! Let’s begin where we left off: Before our long trip to Cornell, the pups volunteered with the annual Tufts 10K marathon along the Charles River. While this race is dedicated to women, there are men that will participate to show their support. Our team split up into groups of two, whom held arrows to guide the runners in the correct directions, and then one big group, whom were placed at a water station. Cups of water were filled, and our job as volunteers was to support the runners and hand them water as they passed us. We helped for a few hours and then had to head back for practice. It was a gorgeous fall day along the river, and overall a successful day of volunteering.
The pups boarded the bus once again and we were off to Cornell. A long bus ride it was, but that did not stop us from having a great time. Once we arrived at our hotel we had a team meal, followed by team bonding activities. The next days consisted of more team meals, and a game to end the day. Our results were not necessarily what we were hoping for, but it was still a great experience to play a great team in front of a huge crowd. The first game ended in a score of 2-6 Big Red, and the next game by a score of 0-3 Big Red. After a long trip home, we arrived safe in the Bean, and ready to get some rest.
Next up on our list was Providence. We shared a home and home weekend with PC, and also split the series. The Friars took game one, at Mathews Arena, by a score of 3-1. BUT the huskies battled back at Schneider Arena the next day and brought home a 4-1 win. That same weekend, Husky Nation made an appearance at the women’s field hockey game in support of their senior night. Our new teammate, Marianne Mahoney, met us at the game to cheer on our fellow huskies. This was a great opportunity for Marianne to experience a field hockey game, but to also bond with her new team.
After a great Sunday spent with great people, it was time to start preparing for our next game against Boston University. The Battle of Boston took place on Tuesday, October 29th at Mathews Arena. It was definitely a battle until the final buzzer, but the Terriers scored in overtime giving them a 2-3 win.
A few days of practices, classes, and our normal routines passed by, which then brought us to our next roadtrip. The bus departed from Mathews Arena, and we were off to Orono, Maine. We arrived Thursday night, had a nice team meal, got a good nights rest, and played the Black Bears on Friday evening. Both teams battled back and forth, but at the end of regulation, and overtime, the score remained a 1-1 tie. Back on the road we went, and arrived back in Beantown around 2:30 in the morning. On Saturday evening, the Mahoneys were generous enough to open up their house for us to have a team dinner. Not only was it an excellent meal, but it was also an excellent time spent with excellent people. This allowed us to get to know our new family even better, and vice versa. Another quick turnaround and preparation began as we faced off against UNH, at home, on Sunday afternoon. The huskies came out with a 3-0 win over the Wildcats to conclude a great weekend.
For all of those Red Sox fans, congratulations on an awesome World Series! The pups were fortunate enough to be back in Boston for the huge game. With everything that Boston has been though, it was an unbelievable experience being in the city, or even around Fenway, for a historic event. The streets were cleared early afternoon, people were scattered throughout the city, and the atmosphere was just something to remember. There was a positive vibe the whole day, and for the Red Sox to end the day with a win was incredible. I hope everyone who was around was able to witness or participate in the great parade, and had a wonderful Halloween!
With the heavy travel schedule this year, it was nice to have a few days off. Well rested, and ready to begin the next week of practices, it was time to start preparing for our next battle of Boston. The next game we had was scheduled for Sunday, November 10th against hometown rival, Boston College. At the end of the game, the Eagles defeated the Huskies by a score of 1-6.
In honor of Veteran’s Day on Monday, November 11th I would like to take this time to give my thanks and support to all of the Veterans who have served this country, and those soldiers who continue to serve.
As I am approaching the end of this entry, I just want to thank everyone again for following along and keeping up with the Huskies. Our next stop is Vail, Colorado where we will face off against Wisconsin and St. Cloud. More updates will follow after our adventure out West begins. Until then, I hope everybody’s got their mustaches growing in honor of no shave November, and enjoying the beautiful colors this time of year!