Women’s Hockey: Precipice of greatness

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By Andrew Stinchfield

Union’s women’s hockey team ended their season this past weekend with a pair of losses to Quinnipiac and Princeton. The Dutchwomen end the year with a 4-26-4 overall record and a 2-18-2 mark in the ECAC.

Although on paper Union’s season may seem unfortunate, it certainly does not truly reflect just how talented they were. The team was haunted by close games that could have gone in either direction. Twelve of their games were decided by two goals or less. If Union had had a couple of more favorable bounces they may have been looking at a spot in the ECAC playoffs.

Unfortunately, the team was unlucky and always seemed to just not have enough. The overtime record of 1-4-4 sums up the entire season— coming close to winning but always just a little  short.

It is sad to see the senior class end their playing time at Union with this record. The school would like to thank seniors Emilie Arseneault, Lauren Cromartie, Molly Kate Devin, Kate Gallagher, Chelsey Heinhuis, Lauren Hoffman, Kayleigh Melia and Dania Simmonds for everything they have contributed. On and off the ice, they were leaders in every sense of the word.

Luckily, the future looks to be very promising. A lot of the team’s talent lies with the freshman and sophomore classes. Bryanne Panchuk ‘15 and Christine Valente ‘15 both led the team with 11 points, five goals, and six assists each.

Head Coach Claudia Barcom must be excited to see both of these players grow and further develop. An ECAC title is definitely a possible expectation with such a youthful team.

The only thing we can hope is that Union can find a way to get on the other side of these one and two goal games. The team needs to find that killer instinct.

Once that’s done, they are a definite threat in the league. Hopefully this off-season Barcom finds the answer and the team returns next year with a vengeance.

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