Excited to get on campus and anxious to put on that Syracuse practice jersey, the members of our team were ready more than ever to start the 2012-2013 season. After a long hot summer of weight training, conditioning and skates, the girls came back in the best shape in program history. Breaking personal records and team records, we had a lot to be proud of. Captain’s skates became routine and everyone couldn’t wait to play against someone with a different color sweater on.
Before our weekends turned into “game weekends” we had a lot of time to get to know the incoming freshman and bond with each other. The annual scavenger hunt sent the team around campus gathering items such as “hotel room keys” to taking a picture with a stranger doing your best “hockey celly.” We have also attended many football, soccer and field hockey games this fall.
Leading up to opening weekend there was a lot of energy in the locker room and on the ice. Everyone was excited for family to come down and visit; freshman to debut their first NCAA game and upperclassmen for a chance to get their game legs again. A lot of preparation needed to be done in a short period of time. Extra lifts and skills sessions were on the weekly agenda. As of Friday morning, the weekend ahead felt a little unknown, with no video session to help prepare. We relied on our hockey instincts and played period by period.
Opening weekend didn’t turn out as planned; suffering two loses to two top ranked teams. Although the outcome was negative, we were able to take away the positives and apply them to future growth. We have a long season ahead of us and we all can’t wait to see where it takes us. We will be traveling up to Penn State this coming weekend to play one of our new conference opponents in a two game series hopefully bringing back two W’s.
Defensemen/Goalies are 2-0 in team dodge ball. Updated scores will follow.
Till next time,