WOMEN'S HOCKEY: Ready For Revenge
The Eagles Are Excited To Be Back On The Ice, Steeped In Talent, And Seeking Redemption
Published: Thursday, October 10, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 10, 2013 07:10
When a hockey team prepares for the start of a season, a familiar recipe is usually followed. Practices are held, conditioning is endured, plays are learned, lines are formed, and team bonding is encouraged. This year, to facilitate the relationship-building process, the Boston College women’s hockey team added helpings of water, sunshine, barbeque sauce, and fresh apples.
“We had the whole team over for a day, and we hung out on the water and had some barbecue, and hung out and got to know each other,” said junior forward Emily Field.
“And then, we also went apple picking.”
So far, the extra ingredients seem to be work- ing, because the Eagles are focused, excited to be out on the ice, and 1-0.
“This is the first year that I’ve wanted to be around the team all the time, and I think a lot of people feel that way,” Field said. “We all have fun together, and I think we have a very good sense of community on our team, and I think that says a lot about the leaders on the team.”
Coming off of a 27-7-3 season and a trip to the Frozen Four, the Eagles are seated near the top of most national preseason rankings and are rated neck and neck with Minnesota, the undefeated (41-0) national champions that ended their sea- son last year. According to head coach Katie King Crowley, this BC team has even more talent than last season’s squad.
“I think our team overall, I think we’re deeper than we were last year,” Crowley said. “Offensively I think we have a lot of kids that can put pucks in the net. I think our goal scoring will probably be spread out a little more than it even was last year and we had a decent spread last year. I think our kids are ready to go.”
If the Eagles are going to be as successful as last season, depth will be key. In 2012-13, junior forward Alex Carpenter scored 32 goals and had 38 assists, a total that accounted for 70 of the Eagles’ 410 points. This season, Carpenter is off playing for the U.S. Women’s National Team in the Olympics.
“I think it’s really difficult obviously to replace 70-plus points, but I do think we can do it by com- mittee a little bit and we’ll see kind of who steps up and wants to take the reins of having more points,” Crowley said. “And I think we have that in some of our younger freshmen forwards and obviously we have Skarupa and Fields and [Dana Trivigno] back, who I think can do big things.”
In the 2012-13 season, sophomore forward Haley Skarupa scored the second-most points on the team with 24 goals and 53 points. Field finished just behind her with 16 goals and 45 points, and Trivigno had 13 goals and 29 points.
Skarupa and Field are excited by the team’s outlook this season.
“I think our practices have been really sharp, I think the freshmen bring a lot of energy and [so do] the defense and forwards and everyone,” Skarupa said. “It’s going to be a very fun year. I’m excited.”
“I think right now we’re working together pretty well and you can start to see the lines coming together,” Field said.
She then pointed out what she considers the team’s biggest strength.
“We’re pretty quick, I think. We’ve always been fast, but I think this year we’re four-lines fast, as opposed to just one or two lines, and including the defensemen as well.”
Some of the new additions to the offense will be freshmen forwards Steph Lemieux, daughter of NHL Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux; Kristyn Capizzano, captain of Canada’s Under-18 gold medal-winning team at the 2013 IIHF Women’s World Championships; and Haley McLean, scorer of the game-winning goal against Western Uni- versity in the Eagles’ preseason game.