Happy Almost Spring!
Hope everyone is doing well; it has been a while since I have written and a lot has happened since then. For starters it is sad for me to say that I am now a retired athlete having ended my final season at Trinity with a tough 3-2 loss to Williams College. Although the season ended a few weeks before we had wanted, I can speak for all of the seniors when I say we could not have asked for a better team to play our last season with.
The last few weeks of the season were rocky for us with many of our games ending in 3rd period upsets resulting in loses or ties. We had a competitive senior weekend with Wesleyan tying both games. Our underclassman did a great job decorating our locker room and the rink for our senior game and I want to shout out the rest of my senior class, Abby Ostrom, Sarah Duncan, Whitney Colbert, Lauren Glynn, Alexa Pujol and Emily Kleidon on a great last season. It was nice to see my parents as well as all of the other senior parents and it was fun that we all got to celebrate our four year careers at Trinity together.
After senior weekend we geared up for a tough week of practice to prepare for our game against Williams the following weekend. We managed a one-goal lead for the whole game against the Ephs, but unfortunately they got a couple of good opportunities in the 3rd to pull out a 3-2 victory. I guess I can say we lost to the NESCAC champions as Williams went on to win the division.
It has been a tough couple of weeks with all of the underclassmen talking about off-season training and workouts, but a nice break from school for spring break definitely helped out. On my week off I headed down to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic with three other seniors on the team and we got the chance to unwind and lay out by the pool for five days. It was definitely bittersweet coming home, but I am not sure my Irish skin could have handled much more of the sun. Now that we are back we have a little over a month before classes end and exam starts, and that only means one thing: Graduation is right around the corner. Many of you might be curious, but no I have no idea what I want to do with the rest of my life. I am hoping vet school is in the near future hopefully in a year or two but until then I guess I will head home and start the job search like all of the other college seniors in the world.
Looking back on it now hockey has been one if not the best part of my college experience. From day one Trinity Women’s Ice hockey has been my family and even after I graduate I am sure that family will stay in touch. For all of you out there still playing, or going to college in the near future embrace every skate, every lift and every workout. You may not realize it, but you really do take it for granted when you say so “oh well there is always next year,” because a time comes when you can’t. Hockey will always be a part of my life even if I am no longer working towards a NESCAC or NCAA championship. Playing hockey has taught me how to work with others towards a common goal, dedication, and perseverance all things I will be able to take into any job I ever have, so I guess I can say I am forever in debt to the ‘Game of Hockey’.