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.

“Funny, Sad and True—The Wolves Review”

“Funny, Sad and True—The Wolves Review”

The theatre department debuted a production of “The Wolves”—a new play by Sarah DeLappe on Friday, Feb. 23.

A finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize Award in Drama, “The Wolves” is taking the theatre world by storm. Directed by Daniel Elihu Kramer, “The Wolves” tells the story about high school girls on a soccer team. This might make you groan, but DeLappe’s play disturbs stereotypical notions about teenage girls.

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.