By Meghan Creane
This past winter break started off as a struggle for the women’s ice hockey team, with the first three games resulting in three consecutive losses to Providence College, Princeton and Quinnipiac.
As sophomore defenseman Haley Welch noted, “We were a little down as a team after the losses, but we knew we just had to get back to playing our game to turn it around.”
The performance of the Dutchwomen was not all negative; there were spurts of solid hockey in each of the games, for example the scoreless second period battle in the Providence game and the barrage of shots in the loss against Princeton.
The fourth game of the break proved to be somewhat of a turning point for the team with a 1-1 tie against Yale, with Union leading in shots 31-21. After a fifth game 0-1 loss against Brown, the team was finally able to get some wins on their score sheet.
Union played two excellent games against the University of Maine resulting in 4-3 and 3-2 victories for the Dutchwomen. Sophomore goalie Shenae Lundberg tallied 40 saves in the first game, helping Union to their comeback victory. The Dutchwomen were outshot in both games but their determination proved to be the deciding factor in both.
“The team all knew we could play better than the losses showed,” said Welch after two tough losses to Harvard and Dartmouth to close out the break.
They proved that in the two consecutive victories against Penn State this past weekend. The first 1-0 victory, highlighted by the third period goal by Stefanie Thomson ‘14, was initiated by a one-timer by Welch and a flurry of rebounds by the Dutchwomen forwards.
The two well-fought wins of the past weekend have opened the Dutchwomen up to a great opportunity to keep growing and winning as a team.
The Dutchwomen hit the road this weekend against Dartmouth on Friday and Harvard on Saturday.