As fall gets rolling in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, so does the Boston College women’s hockey team. Fortunately, the process of building momentum for a team that went 27-7-3 last season has been relatively seamless.
Starting their first four games, the Eagles have virtually set the hockey rink on fire, posting a 3-0-1 overall record that has featured a 10-1 preseason trouncing of Queens University and a 10-2 thrashing of Syracuse.
Accordingly, the most recent USCHO Division I Women’s Poll has Boston College firmly positioned at no. 3, only behind no. 2 Wisconsin and no. 1 Minnesota.
On a more player-oriented level, and as for the team’s offense, the Eagles return last season’s leading point scorer—a current junior and forward—Haley Skarupa. Impressively, of the next seven leading scorers for the 2013-2014 season, six—sophomore forward Andie Anastos, senior forward Emily Field, senior forward Kate Leary, junior forward Dana Trivingo, sophomore forward Kristyn Capizzano, and senior defense Emily Pfalzer—are all returning.
Defensively, losing last year’s senior captain Meagan Mangene and Jackie Young is certainly going to hurt. However, four of last year’s six defenders are returning—most of whom are now upperclassmen. And with the added bonus of three freshmen—Megan Keller, Kali Flanagan, and Toni Ann Miano—the defense will likely be in full form, robust as ever.
This year’s biggest change will be in front of the net, since the departure of Corinne Boyles—a goaltender that tallied over 1940 minutes of playing time last season and that pulled off a .942 save percentage—will leave an invariable question mark. So far, coach Katie King-Crowley has tapped freshman Katie Burt, who has allowed five goals in four games and who only seems to be growing, recording her first collegiate shutout against New Hampshire on October 19.
But though we are only four games into the season and it is far too early to foresee what might happen in the future, when it comes to Boston College women’s hockey, we can take a pretty good guess. Difficult schedule? Check. Top recruits? Check. Superior coaching? Yep. Excellent on-ice execution? Indeed.
Especially over the past couple of years, BC women’s hockey—though underrated—has been a vital pillar of the athletic department. No matter how dark the light of other teams has been, the team—along with the men’s team—has been a beacon of light, consistently brilliant and outperforming already high expectations. Boston College fans have demanded greatness, and BC hockey has most certainly delivered. So don’t be surprised when the women’s hockey team is on the warpath this year. In fact, if you’ve been looking closely, you’d have realized that they already are.
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