It has been a long time since my last blog and a lot has happened between then and now! Our season came to an end in the NESCAC semi-finals when we lost a one-goal game to Bowdoin. It was devastating to be knocked out this early but we were proud of how far we came over the course of the season. Our goal was to get better each game and apart from a few bumps in the road I think we can say we did this. It’s always a good feeling to be playing your best hockey at the end of the season and it makes losing a little bit easier to swallow.
The spring at Amherst flew by and we had a few really fun weekends, especially our spring fling weekend. Macklemore came for spring concert and put on a great show. There was also a spring carnival with water slides, a dunk tank, a large inflatable relay race, and a mechanical bull. A few of my teammates and I decided this was a great opportunity for some competition. We formed teams and found a way to keep score for everything. I’m pretty sure I didn’t win a single event (sorry Beemer!) but it was a ton of fun. The next day we had the Friends of Jaclyn 5k which is an event to raise money for pediatric brain tumor patients. Our team raised a lot of money and helped support a good cause.
A little over a week ago we had our end of year team banquet. It was great to be able to get together as a team one last time and to honor our seniors and a few award winners. It is always a night full of laughter and tears and nothing was any different this year. There were skits put on by each grade, paper plate awards handed out, and speeches from the coaches and seniors.
As some people already know, I have decided to transfer to the University of Vermont for next year. Although I am very excited about the opportunity to play hockey there I made the decision primarily for academic reasons. I came to Amherst expecting to be able to use the five college consortium to create a schedule of classes that I would find interesting and I haven’t been able to do this. Being at a school that offers a wider range of classes and ones more specific to what I am interested in will be beneficial for me. Transferring was not an easy decision and there are a lot of people whom I have grown close with over the past three years that I will miss. I have many great memories from Amherst and feel lucky to have been a part of the AWH program. I am, however, very excited and can’t wait to join the UVM team and to take the next step in my journey.
This summer I will be living in Burlington, VT to take summer classes, train, and familiarize myself with the school. I was able to create a class schedule which will allow me to work New England Development camp for a third year and possibly a couple other hockey camps. I will also be helping coach the Vermont Stars u10 spring team which will be a lot of fun. I love being around and getting to work with kids that share my passion for the game. Looks like it’s shaping up to be another great summer!
I can’t believe it has been over two months since I’ve skated and I can’t wait to lace ‘em up again. Only a couple more weeks of waiting!
And…only 120 days until the season starts 🙂