Before the exams, Union Women’s Hockey matches against rival RPI | Rare Techy
SCHENACTADY — Coming off two emotional wins over RIT over the weekend, the Union College women’s hockey team didn’t have the luxury of enjoying a pair of one-goal victories.
Dutch women have a lot on their minds. The final exams for the first trimester will begin later this week.
While the players prepare for that, they should also prepare for a matchup against their Capital Region rival on Tuesday night.
The Dutchwomen host RPI in an ECAC hockey game at Mesa Rink at 6 p.m. Union’s last game will be Dec. 2 against Quinnipiac (1-2-1 ECACH, 3.5 points; 6-5-1 overall).
The union had Sunday off and Monday practice. RPI (0-3-1, 1.5 points; 2-9-1 overall) hasn’t played since tying Harvard 3-3 on Nov. 15 and will be rested heading into the game.
Dutchwoman sophomore defenseman Maren Friday believes preparing for RPI is no problem with exams looming.
“I think as DI athletes we have time management, so we just have to go for it [and] Be ready,” said Friday after scoring the game-winning goal with 40.7 seconds left in the third period. “We’ve been preparing games all season long. I think we’ve been conditioned enough and we’ve gone through our systems, so I think we’ll be fine with this quick turnaround. I think we’re really excited to get another chance at RPI. , we hope to come out with success.
Union senior forward and team captain Emily King would have liked more rest before facing RPI. But the team will be ready, she said.
“I think we are conditioned enough [and] “We’ve prepared enough,” King said. “We’ll do some video, we’ll practice the little details we’ve seen [the] Get the video and the one day training we have before that. But I think we are ready. We are not afraid. We love a challenge. “
The Dutch women are trying to do two things the program has never done since becoming a Division I program in 2003-04. The Union are looking to win their fourth game in a row, extending their unbeaten streak to five.
“It’s very exciting,” King said. “I know every year the girls look to change the program. This year, we hit it hard the first few games. When we started winning, it was very exciting for us. Changing the program was very exciting. “
Union lost all three matches against RPI last season. The first two came after the Dutch women opened the season with two wins at RIT. The Engineers defeated the Dutch Women 4-0 on Oct. 8 at Messa Rink to snap their 39-game unbeaten streak into the 2019-20 season (RPI did not play in the 2020-21 season due to the coronavirus pandemic). The next day at Houston Fieldhouse, the Engineers went 2–0 and defeated the Union 9–2 in the Capital Region Mayor’s Cup game at MVP Arena on January 29.
“I think what we did last year at the Mayor’s Cup is very telling of what we’re doing now,” said Union assistant coach Chris Ardito, who leads the team while head coach Josh Skiba serves as an assistant coach for Team USA. For the upcoming series against Canada. “Yeah, those first two games against them last year weren’t great, they came out hot, credit to them. But even at that time there were 15 players we didn’t play [college hockey]. Now, we have most of the team. There are first years of contributing. I think we’re sticking to what we’re doing. This will be interesting. “
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