36-year-old Accountant Shocks in Net

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Elizabeth Muirhead ’20

       Many avid hockey fans dream of getting to play on the ice with their favorite team, but most people will never have the opportunity to try. On Thursday March 28, Scott Foster, 36-year-old accountant, father of two and former Western Michigan University goalie lived that dream. After two of the Chicago Blackhawks’ goalies got hurt, Foster, who was sitting in the stands, was called to suit up and finish the game against the Winnipeg Jets. Foster resides in Oak Park, IL, and when he is not working, he plays on a recreational hockey league a few minutes away from the Chicago Blackhawks’ stadium.

         As NPR wrote, “Foster became a legend.” That night, just before the game, the Chicago Blackhawks’ twitter announced they had signed the accountant on as their emergency goalie.

The odds of emergency backups playing are low but Corey Crawford and Anton Forsberg, the teams’ primary goalie and first backup, were both injured. Disaster struck in the third period. Collin Delia, the goalie in the net at the time, had to leave the game due to cramping. The unique circumstances were the perfect storm for Foster; he would have to step in and act as the team's goalie for 14 minutes of play, about one quarter of the total ice time in a regular hockey game.

         When Foster took to net, the Blackhawks were beating the Jets 6-2. His team had left a cushy lead, but the 20,000 plus fans were still anxious about the new goalie.

Foster shocked and electrified fans by stopping seven goals for the Blackhawks during the remainder of the final period. He had a shutout — not a single goal was scored on him. With great skill and energy, Foster held the lead, and the Blackhawks won 6-2. Chicago fans cheered, “FOS-TER, FOS-TER.”

            After the game, he was awarded the Team Belt, which is given to the person who shows outstanding performance, the “player of the game.”

When asked what he would be doing with his newfound fame, Foster said that he's “going to button up [his] shirt, and [he’s] going to go back to [his] day job.”

For any aspiring pro-hockey players, Foster had these words of wisdom: “You just keep grinding away in men's league, and eventually you'll get your shot.”

While Foster has no actual career in professional hockey, his 15 — really 14 — minutes of fame were remarkable. His performance in net is still a reminder to players and fans that your opportunity might still be out there. How many injuries until your NHL career starts?

Smith Lacrosse Sweeps up a Win against Wellesley Saturday

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Madeline Hubbard ’19

On Saturday, the Smith Lacrosse team took on Wellesley’s “the Blue.” Wellesley had bested Smith in the past 33 matches, but this year’s squad was up to the challenge. Sarah Price, the starting goalie for the Pioneers, said, “We beat the 33 year streak by playing a great game of lacrosse. We had great midfield transitions and settled offense. We never backed down. We were always supporting each other, and we always had each-others backs.”

The pioneers went into the game with a 4-1 season record, coming off a win against Southern Vermont College. Their last NEWMAC game had ended unfortunately, with a 15-21 loss to the United States Coast Guard Academy.  

Wellesley started the game with a goal, nine minutes in. A minute later, Smith answered with a goal of it’s own, scored by Gigi Macdonald ’19. Wellesley was quick to fire back, using their attack to stymie the defense and hammer in two goals. Smith and Wellesley continued to battle, peppering the goal with shots. The teams scored back and forth ending the first half tied 5-5, leaving the fans on the edge of their seats and the teams fired up to dominate the second half.

Smith started the half with an unmatched intensity, scoring 4 goals and taking a 9-5 lead. The teams worked earnestly on getting to the ball first, and gathering up any ground balls. Wellesley, however, took advantage of draw control to maintain possession off the draw and look for scoring opportunities. 11 minutes into the second half, Wellesley answered with two back-to-back goals. With less than 10 minutes left, the teams were close, and with a card called on Smith, Wellesley scored on the power play. The score was 12-11, “the Blue” were breathing down the Smith team’s necks. Captain Caroline Myran ’18, widened the gap with 2 goals at 2:03 and 1:25. Myran scored their 100 points in this game, ending the match with a whopping 6 goals. Wellesley was unable to close the gap and the final score was 14-12.

Senior Captain Julia Hamilton ’18 commented, “Saturday was a great team effort. Our defense stepped up to shut down some of their top players. Shout out to Caroline to hitting their 100th career point!” Myran commented on the big win, “In previous years, it’s been close, but this time we played a full 60 minutes with relentless execution of our defense.” Myran adds that defense was given a specific defensive strategy for the Wellesley game, and they stuck to it.

Looking forward to the rest of the season, Myran thinks that the key to success is “to keep working and improving. Babson will be a very competitive team and if nothing else, a learning experience and a chance for the first years to see some good competition.” The team have three away games coming up as they face off against Framingham State University, Western Connecticut State and on Saturday, NEWMAC rivals, the Babson Beavers.

US Women’s Hockey Team Beats out Canada for the Gold Medal

Madeline Hubbard ‘19
Sports Editor

    Nothing fires a team up more than working endlessly towards a goal only to fall a little short. The US Women’s Ice Hockey team has had their share of losses but they always come back fired up to win. Pyeongchang was no exception. For four years, the players struggled and trained, waiting for their shot at redemption after a crushing defeat to the Canadians in Sochi.

    The roster at this 2018 Olympics included some returners Hilary Knight, Meghan Duggan, Monique Lamoureux and Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson – all key players in last Wednesday’s game. The team has been through a lot together from a battle for equal pay earlier in the season to a major coaching staff change and even a hurricane. These women went to Pyeongchang hungry and ready to fight for the gold.

    The game started and immediately, the Canadian team showed they were there to play a physical game with an illegal hit resulting in a penalty. Knight took advantage of the power play to put one in behind the Canadian goalie, Szabados, with 25 seconds left in first period regulation.

The US team hoped to ride this momentum all the way, scoring early and often, but the Canadian team had other plans. Early in the second period, the team beat defender Stecklein in a 2 on 1 to net and buried it deep to even the score 1-1. Later in the second, Agnosta on the Canadian team brought a puck deep into the offensive blue line and connected with her teammate Poulin out front who sent if flying top shelf past the 20-year-old goalie Rooney.

    Having lost their lead, the US team had to shift into next gear to make up for the goal. They were unable to find the net in the second period just trying to match Canada’s aggressive and powerful play.

10 minutes left in the game, the US was desperate to even the score. Lamoureux-Morando snagged the puck on a line change and raced to put a wrister on net past Szabados. Regulation time came to an end with the teams tied 2-2 and a whopping 5 penalties for the Canadian team and just 3 for the US.

    Overtime was the US’ time to shine. The 4 on 4 play allowed the US team to use their speed to avoid an overly physical game and play the game they had trained for. Despite the extra space and passing lanes on the ice, neither team was able to finish the game.

With two minutes left, Duggan was sent to the box for an illegal hit and the game became an intense 4 on 3. Fans were tense as a frantic overtime came to an end with Canada unable to capitalize.

Shootouts were next and the pressure was on as the teams and fans prayed. Canada missed the first shot. Marvin snuck one behind Szabados. Canada’s Agosta sent one past Rooney, keeping Canada in the game.

Finally, Knight, one of the US team’s top scorers, missed her shot. The round was over and sudden death penalty shots were up.

Lamoureux-Davidson came down and pulled it across the cage twice leaving Szabados on her back and the net wide open. It was all up to Rooney to end it there.

Agnosta came down attempting to generate some movement from Rooney. The shot hit her left pad and Rooney scooped up the puck and threw it out. The scene that followed was an emotional one.

The US team had one God for the first time in 20 years and Rooney’s teammates charged the ice to pile on her cheering and smiling. They had finally made it.

 

A Slippery Slope: Smith Ice Hockey Tumbles into Two Consecutive Losses

Elizabeth Muirhead ’20

Elizabeth Muirhead ’20 is a member of the Smith College Ice Hockey Team.

The Smith College Ice Hockey Team (SCIH) suited up for its fifth game of the season, against Keene State College on Sunday, Jan. 21. Smith had beaten Keene 5-2 back in November, but they hadn’t played a game since Dec. 10 when they narrowly beat Norwich University 3-2.

Despite being a little rusty, SCIH managed to secure another win over Keene, this time 8-2; they scored three more goals than the last time they played Keene.

Commenting on the higher score against Keene, Mackenzie Dreese ’18 said, “We’re more cohesive now than we used to be … [W]e’ve been on the same lines now for a while, so I’m better at predicting where my teammates are going to be.”

After that win, SCIH was 5-0 for the season and seeded first in its division.

One week later, Smith was set to play Norwich University again, this time at home. Norwich was seeded second, immediately behind Smith. Given the teams’ records and the tight score from their previous game, it was expected to be one of the closest games of the season. A large crowd of parents and students turned out to watch, the biggest home crowd of the season for SCIH.

Norwich was the first team to score, and the rest fell apart from there. After the first period, Smith was losing 3-1, and by the end of the game, the final score was 8-3 Norwich. The loss wasn’t necessarily shocking for Smith, but it was humbling.

What went wrong? Six of Norwich’s eight goals scored on rebounds can be attributed to defensemen failing to pick up sticks in front of the net. After the puck is shot, the defense are responsible for covering the players on the other team to make sure that they cannot tip the shot or score on a rebound.

Additionally, Smith had trouble positioning on the breakout. The breakout is when the puck is in the defensive zone and Smith gains possession and begins moving toward the offensive zone.

Spirits on the team are still high despite the loss. Margie Hemp ’20 said, “Norwich saw what we brought to the first game and really prepared for this game to take back the win. We all played well; Norwich just saw what we had and matched that level.”

SCIH needed to maintain that optimism and work ethic headed into this past weekend. On Feb. 3, they played Dartmouth for the first time, which was expected to be a difficult game given that Dartmouth was ranked third in the division. As the top two teams from each division go onto the playoffs and at this point in the season, SCIH needed the win to secure their spot at playoffs since Norwich has almost definitely secured the top spot.

However, shaken from its loss against Norwich, the best version of SCIH did not show up to the game that evening. Right from the start, the Dartmouth team came out with more energy, putting high offensive pressure on Smith.

They peppered the goal with shots and at the end of the game Smith just couldn’t match the intensity and movement of their offense in front of the net. Kate Ginder made some progress in balancing the scales putting in two goals for Smith in the first and second period. At the end of the third period, SCIH was defeated in a 10-2 loss.

There is still hope if they can come out strong and pull a win out from under Dartmouth next weekend. That win could take them to the playoffs for the first time since Smith joined the IWCH League. One can only hope that the sword of victory will be forged by failure.

Goodbye Garoppolo: Patriots’ last-minute trade

 Photo Courtesy of si.com ||  Patriots’ fans should be relieved by the recent trade: Brady is safe for at least another few seasons, Guilliano writes. 

Photo Courtesy of si.com || Patriots’ fans should be relieved by the recent trade: Brady is safe for at least another few seasons, Guilliano writes. 

Sydney Guiliano ‘18
Contributing Writer

Ask any Patriots fan and they will tell you that there’s only one quarterback (QB) they need in their lives and that his name is Tom Brady. The sixth-round draft pick has led the team to five super bowl wins (the most rings collected by any quarterback) and for the last 18 seasons has been the cornerstone to the Patriots’ franchise.

 As Patriots fans, we pray for our luck, that his throwing arm will never give out but we know he is not invincible. A fact constantly reminded by our rivals who tell us over and over again in a chorus of “he’s getting old” and “what will you do once Brady’s gone?” We politely tell them to shut their mouths and hope they do not notice how we hold our breaths when he takes the occasional hit. 

Yet, last Monday the Patriots traded their only backup quarterback at the time, Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers. 

You would think the 2016 season taught New England the importance of backup QBs. Last season, the team had to rely heavily on both their second and third string QBs, Garoppolo and Brissett, following Brady’s four-game suspension for the infamous deflate-gate scandal. The team had traded Brissett to the Colts in September leaving Garoppolo the sole heir to Brady’s position.  

Therefore, this Monday left fans in panic, believing the Patriots to be moving forward with a 40-year-old Tom Brady and no backup in case of injury or to train for retirement. According to sbnation.com, the Patriots had tried to retain Garoppolo, but with free-agency right around the corner and plenty of teams looking to snatch up what may prove to be the second best QB in the league, they did they best they could. 

By signing Garoppolo to the 49ers they give over a highly respected player to a team who truly needs him, while retaining some of the value they put into developing such a player. In an interview with The New York Times, Head Coach Bill Belichick remarks that although they were not in an ideal quarterback situation, “It’s just not sustainable given the way that things are set up.”

The state of the team remained up in the air until last Wednesday when New England picked up Brian Hoyer of San Francisco 49ers. Originally a Patriot, Hoyer spent his first three seasons with New England before being released in August of 2012. On the Patriots’ website, they cite Hoyer with 119 out of 205 completed passes in the first six games of the 2017 season and 1,245 yards with four touchdowns for the 49ers, not bad but still only backup material, for now.

Ultimately, the Patriots have found a new backup quarterback on their bench to begin training while Garoppolo gets the opportunity to stretch his legs and start in a few more games, finally able to showcase the talent that got him the position of backup GOAT. 

What this means for Patriots fans like me is that despite the menacing whispers of rival fans and their premonitions of retirement and injury, the Patriots plan on having Brady around for at least a few more years. 

There is no way the team would have made this risky of a trade without first being assured that there are still a couple super-bowls left in Tom Brady. So be prepared NFL because your favorite neighborhood obnoxious Patriots fans won’t be hitting the bench anytime soon. 

Smith field hockey wins big victory over Mount Holyoke

Smith field hockey wins big victory over Mount Holyoke

After the Smith field hockey team’s win against its Pioneer Valley rival Mount Holyoke this past weekend, the team is 8-8 for the season. Smith field hockey team has played six of the national top 15 teams and their schedule ranks among some of the toughest in the nation. Led by a core of upperclassmen, they returned 10 out of 11 starters and have seen significant contributions from returners and first-year players. 

Smith Athletics celebrates the newest induction class to the Hall of Fame

Madeline Hubbard ‘19
Sports Editor

 

This past weekend, Smith College Athletics welcomed seven athletes, an administrator and a team to the Smith Hall of Fame. The Induction Ceremony Saturday night acknowledged these individuals for their significant and lasting impact on Smith Athletics. 

The first class of inductees were named in the fall of 2012.  The 2017 Hall of Fame members now make up the third induction class with representatives from 1949 all the way up to 2005. 

To qualify for being named to the Hall of Fame, athletes must have distinguished themselves in their area of athletics. Nominees must be positive role models who have made a positive impact on the Smith community and athletic program during their time on campus. 

Coaches and administrators may also be named to the Hall of Fame if they have “demonstrated superior competence and professionalism in making contribution to the athletics program and made contributions to or earned recognition by conference, regional, and/or national organizations.” 

For a team to be nominated to the Smith College Athletics Hall of Fame, the team must “have had an outstanding record or accomplishment such as: qualifying for the NCAA Championship, winning an ECAC Championship, or an undefeated season.” 

Taking their place alongside greats like Senda Berenson, the woman who introduced basketball to Smith College and writer of the “official guide for women’s basketball,” and Gloria Heath, who excelled in three sports while at Smith, founded the Smith Flying Club and went on to serve as a Woman Airforce Service Pilot during World War II; this year’s class brings a group of talented athletes who went above and beyond in their sports and to change and improve women’s athletics.

Dr. Julia Chase-Brand ’64 joined the fight to end discrimination against women in sports. She challenged the Amateur Athletic Union ruling that women could not compete in races more than 220 yards for track. Her five-mile race in Connecticut lead to the sanctioning of Women’s cross country in the U.S. In 2012, she was named a Hero of Running by Runner’s World.

Another new member, Anne Lee Delano, excelled in field hockey and lacrosse at Northeastern University and went on to become a captain on both the United States National Field Hockey and Lacrosse teams. 

In 1953, Delano came to Smith College to teach physical education. Her wide range of athletic knowledge allowed her to teach a variety of classes and really develop students’ athletic abilities. 

Another Hall of Famer, Anne Martin ‘83 shined as a member of the Smith swimming and diving team, but switched to rowing in her sophomore year. Martin went on to find success at Smith and after; winning bronze at the Rowing World Championships in 1985 and a gold medal in the 1986 World Championships in England. 

In 1999, Kanta Murali graduated Smith College after dominating the tennis court for four years. Murali racked up 100 career wins and was named to the All-Conference team each year during her time as a Pioneer and continued to excel in her sport, receiving many awards. Murali also joined the Smith squash team in 1999 and immediately progressed to a high level of skill winning accolades in Squash along with tennis.

A member of the Class of 1961, Anne Newell Robertson competed and was elected captain on the First Team for field hockey, basketball, and lacrosse. Newell Robertson went on to join the United States Women’s Lacrosse and later began curling, winning a bronze medal at the 2004 World Senior Women’s Curling Championship.  

Kate Sorensen ’06 was named the 2005 New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Athlete of the Year and was an integral part of the volleyball team that went on to win a NEWMAC title. Along with many honors Sorensen received while at Smith she still holds Smith’s all-time career record in kills and digs. 

Melicent Kingsbury Whinston, Class of 1949, set a total of 27 state, national, and world records in the Masters Division in two different weight classes and three separate age divisions for weight lifting. This all-around athlete, Kingsbury Whinston also holds titles in the Masters Division long jump, shot put, and 100-meter dash. 

Inductee, Lisa Black was a four-sport athlete on the varsity field hockey, lacrosse, squash and crew teams. Black’s started as a novice in both squash and crew and improved to the first ranking in squash and helped to win consecutive finishes at the New England Regatta. 

The final inductee of the class of 2017 for the Smith Hall of Fame is the 1983 Field Hockey Team who hold the record for wins in a season with a 16-3-1 overall record. The team headed into the NCAA Division III National Tournament ranked No. 12 and made it to the quarterfinal game at nationals. The team also set records for goals scored in a season and consecutive wins. 

This fall, Smith College welcomes these elite athletes to the Hall of Fame to celebrate and commemorate their momentous achievements.