The UConn Huskies women’s ice hockey team swept Union College this weekend in a home series thanks to their senior leadership and outstanding work from their freshman.
The Huskies have eight seniors on their squad this season including team captain Justine Fredette and alternate team captain Leah Lum. This year’s senior class is only the second class to have head coach Chris MacKenzie as a coach for all four years of their collegiate careers.
Coach MacKenzie talked about what the seniors bring to the team in terms of leadership.
“I think experience helps,” MacKenzie said. “There were a few moments in the game and in the season that our seniors really calmed things down a little bit and got us back on track. The experience is something people have to go through and we’re certainly getting some good leadership from our seniors.”
The freshman on the team were also crucial to the wins in the series. Freshman Natalie Snodgrass had two goals in Saturday’s game and an assist in Friday’s game. Freshman Morgan Wabick had two goals this weekend and two assists. Freshman Taylor Wabick also contributed with an assist.
After the series, Coach MacKenzie talked about the freshmen’s development so far this season.
“They’re getting more and more confident,” MacKenzie said. “They’re five games in now, their learning curve, it’s there but you can see there’s a comfort level, learning how much time they have with the puck, learning what they can and can’t get away with. They’re cashing in on opportunities so it’s good. Morgan Wabick got on the board a few times this weekend, Natalie Snodgrass did. Our freshman defensemen got some points too. I think anytime you start getting contributions there and your older players start pitching in, Theresa Knutson got one, I think again you’ll see the results and that’s what you got tonight.”
The Huskies did so well in this series, downing Union 6-1 on Friday and 5-0 on Saturday, that they got practice in learning how to maintain a lead.
“Gotta keep things going,” MacKenzie said. “Learn to put an opponent away. You cannot change, you cannot let up the way you’re going to play. It hasn’t happened too often to us over the last few years, so learning to do that, to continue that, there will be some growing pains there but if we can get into a position where we’re doing this more regularly and get that experience we’ll put ourselves in a good place this season.
The Huskies play next at home on Friday against Boston College at 6 p.m.
Mariana Dominguez is a staff writer for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.