The last few months of hockey have flown by and it’s hard to believe that graduation is in two months. A lot has happened since my last blog which was before my busy spring semester class schedule began. The last month of the season was some of the most fun I’ve ever had playing hockey. Our quarterfinal Hockey East game was at home against Maine and it was the first time we have ever hosted a home playoff game which made it very exciting. We had a two goal lead but Maine tied it up in the third sending it into sudden-death overtime. With our lives on the line both teams battled hard and it ended up going almost a full three overtimes before we eventually netted the game-winner. The excitement in the rink when we finally won was something I’ll never forget. Despite the fact that our legs felt like jello and we were all exhausted, it was an amazing feeling. Our hard work for the length of almost two full games paid off and we had punched our ticket to the Hockey East Semi’s for the first time in program history.
The following Thursday we headed to Cape Cod for the conference final four. When we first got there on Thursday night we went to dinner, then to Friendly’s, and then spent some time in the indoor waterpark at the hotel. On Friday we had practice in the morning, went to the mall in the afternoon, and at night we went to the banquet with the other three teams. We were very proud to see four teammates and our coach honored with awards! On Saturday we had our game against BC in the afternoon. I went into the game, like the other seniors, feeling confident but also knowing it could be our last one ever. We ended up losing but I made sure to enjoy every minute of it. The sound of the buzzer at the end brought a feeling so completely opposite of the ending of our game against Maine the weekend before. It was over and I knew coming to terms with that was not going to be easy. When playing hockey has been your life for as long as you can remember there’s just no way to prepare for the end.
I found myself on the ice just two days later for Vermont Stars tryouts and that’s when I think I realized that my relationship with the game may be changing, but it’s not like I’m saying goodbye to it. Hopefully I’ll be involved with it through coaching for the rest of my life and I know I’ll be very happy if that is the case. My spring and summer are already packed with hockey camps and tournaments which I’m really looking forward to!
Lastly I can’t even begin to describe how proud I am of our team. We took some big steps forward this season and raised the bar for next year. More importantly it was fun every step of the way and I think we all have some memories that won’t be forgotten any time soon. I am so thankful that I got to spend my final season with such an amazing group of girls while getting to play a level of hockey I had only dreamed of. I couldn’t help but smile every time I put that jersey on and I hope everyone that gets the chance to do so cherishes it. It’s an exciting time for the program and I just can’t wait to watch it continue to grow over the next few years!
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss