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
At the other end of the ice, defensive rock and senior goaltender Corinne Boyles said she feels confident about the squad.
“I think the team looks great,” Boyles said. “Everybody is still getting to know each other, but I think the lines are starting to flow and you see passes and connections being made that are great.
“I think our strength is our speed this year,” she said, echoing Field’s sentiments. “They’re kind of cracking down on the rules as far as how the game is played and there is not going to be as much clutch and grab, so our speed will certainly help us draw penalties and big opportunities from that. And being fast is always an advantage.”
This past season, Boyles led the Hockey East with a 1.83 goals-against average (GAA) and a .927 save percentage. Her .804 win percentage was the fourth highest in the nation.
With some young defenders in the mix, a goal- tender as experienced and talented as Boyles will be paramount for the Eagles.
“I think now the big difference is I’ve stopped worrying about the little stuff,” Boyles said. “Fresh- man year, everything was a concern, you wanted to make everyone happy and just do everything right... But at this point it’s like a level of comfort where I know what I have to do, and that allows me to be that much more confident, and I certainly feel like my teammates have my back, which is huge.”
One of the players watching her back—and anchoring the blue line in front of her—is senior defenseman Meagan Mangene.
“Practices have been good with the defense, [assistant coach Courtney Kennedy] has been working us hard, and it’s just getting to know, especially with the freshmen, getting to know our style of play in the defensive zone,” Mangene said.
The Eagles play a difficult-to-master, man- on-man defensive scheme, but Mangene said its upside is worth the learning curve.
“It’s a pretty hard style, but once you get it down it works,” she said.
In order for the system to work, Mangene said, “you have to hold each other accountable and trust each other.”
After their heartbreaking 3-2 overtime, season- ending, semi-final loss to Minnesota last season, the Eagles have high expectations for the 2013- 14 campaign—and while they’re only one game into the season, Crowley’s girls have started on the right foot. BC dominated Maine on Sunday, beating the Black Bears 5-1 at home.
Two goals and an assist from Skarupa led the way as the Eagles forced Maine goaltender Meghann Treacy to make 39 saves, while limiting Boyle’s exposure to 19 shots faced.
BC’s other goals were freshman powered— Capizzano, McLean, and forward Andie Anastos each scored their first regular-season goal for the Eagles.