It goes without saying that fall is typically a season on transition. Fortunately for us, our transition into the new year has been far less painful than it could have been. The core is a dedicated, hard working group who knew summer training was a priority and took preseason as an opportunity to gain strength. In addition to that, our motivation from last year’s playoff run has carried over and gives us a unified purpose and goal as a team.
Our first two opening weekends have shown we can be successful, yet providing learning points along the way. We hosted new team William Smith College in their first two debut games as a program. It was a good weekend for us to face an opponent having no knowledge of them beforehand and truly play our system in order to work out the kinks. We took home 4 points on the weekend and started up a new week in prep for our first league games.
Friday night was an ugly tilt against New England College that we squeaked away with a win. We are a team with speed and strength but penalties and funny bounces got in the way of our ability to play as a total unit. Again, teachable moments. Saturday was a different story entirely where we hosted Plymouth State and took home a 9-2 victory, which was exactly what we knew we were capable of but hadn’t put it into action thus far this season. It was a good opportunity to highlight more positive moments and keep the train in motion. Another 4 points in our hand.
Looking forward, more league games means more chances to grow as a team and place us in a nice position to start off the year. The thing I like most about this team this year is that we can recognize our faults and come back from them. Have it be in practice or after a tough shift, we can recover which is extremely important in the long run. We are off to Nichols and Manhattanville, both are teams who will put up a fight for three solid periods. We will be challenged but are prepared to face those head on.