By Carolyn Eckel
The Sacred Heart University Pioneers women’s hockey team has started their season and currently hold a record of three wins and four losses. The team won two games against Rhode Island to start off their season The team’s upcoming schedule will only predict what is to come for the Pioneers.
The head coach for the women’s team Thomas O’Malley, has been their head coach for 14 years, is hoping for another strong season.
“I want to have a good season. We have the capabilities, we have a great team and great group of people,” said O’Malley.
The team this year consist of six seniors, which means this season’s games will be their last as Pioneers. The senior defenseman consist of Elizabeth Johnson, Amie Varano, Sarah Walewski and Megan Finlay. The senior forwards are Julia Consorte and Teagan Ketchum.
“We have very good seniors on our team, they are all good people and good citizens who represent our program very well,” said O’Malley.
The seniors on the team have the experience and skills that are needed to guide the team to success.
“I like the way they steer the team with their student leaderships. They are heavily talented on [the ice]and involved off, in critical moments of the game, they pull through,” said O’Malley.
The seniors are hoping to see the underclassman continue their legacy with hard work both on and off the ice. Two of the assistant captains are juniors. When the seniors leave, the juniors will be able to continue their winning legacy .
“As a senior I have to keep a positive mindset throughout the season during the negative and positive times we may face as a team. The seniors especially need to lead the team with the right attitudes,” said Senior Captain Amie Varano.
The Pioneers are looking to continue their season and watch the underclassman learn to take control just like they did at one point. The remainder of this season will be the determining factor as to whether the women make it to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), something the seniors have yet to accomplish during their four years on the Sacred Heart hockey team.
“Since my freshman year, the team as a whole has improved,” said senior defenseman Megan Finlay. “From attitudes to leadership, I think we are the strongest we have been in my four years here at Sacred Heart.”
With the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) Finals being a few months away, the women will be looking to continue their successful record, as they hope to make it to the ECAC. With the season dwindling down slowly, the senior class is looking to finish their season on a positive note.
“We are hoping to finish strong by winning our end of the year tournament the ECAC Open Tournament,” said senior captain Amie Varano. “We are all putting in the work to come out on top.”
The women will play their next game Friday Nov. 4 at Lebanon Valley University.