Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed the holidays with family. Since I last wrote, a lot has gone on both off and on the ice. For starters, we didn’t finish the semester exactly how we wished but we battled back from a lackluster loss to NEC to play a hard fought gritty game against Neumann. Though we only managed a tie, our much improved play from the previous game was a high note to end the semester on. On a personal note, I was finally able to bury one in Pennsylvania, now I’m just hoping the monkey stays off my back.
When we returned from Neumann, we were all focused on finals so there was only optional ice that week. On one of those days, most of the girls and some of the guys from the men’s team came out to scrimmage. It was a lot of fun just playing pick-up hockey and showing up all the guys who came out. I only had one exam during actual finals week so I headed back home to Longmeadow on the 14th, providing me with a solid two week break. The time home has been filled with some quality naps, hanging out with friends, family dinners and a ton of pond hockey. Two of my closest friends, Sam Schoeneberger (Conn College) and Mary Fusco (Utica) live close enough that we all got together a number of times to play some shinny. Being able to play the game how it originally was, out on the open ponds in the freezing cold is something that can never grow old.
I head back to school Wednesday and to be honest, I’m definitely ready. While it’s been nice to be home with my family and friends and have some quality home cooked meals, I miss my teammates and it’s time to get going with second semester hockey. While we arrive at school almost a month before the rest of the students, many of my friends from home often question what exactly we do all day. Aside from practice and workouts, there is a lot of down time, so it’s all about making the most of what’s around you and making your own fun. Last year there were numerous game nights (not going to lie, I usually win), volleyball games, floor hockey games, movie nights, and trips to the city. In fact last year, I went to the city during the day on New Year’s Eve and it’s safe to say it was quite the experience.
As we all head back in the next 72 hours, I’m excited to see everyone and get back into the swing of things. With a Secret Santa party planned and other team outings in the works, this break will prove to be enjoyable as the team truly comes together and bonds in a different way. So here’s to winter session at Manhattanville, a Happy New Year to everyone and a successful second semester run for the Valiants.