NU Women's Club Hockey Team starts strong
The Niagara Eagles, NU's women's club hockey team, is off to a great start this year as the squad is undefeated.
The squad's first win this year was against the University at Buffalo “ a heated rival. One of its recent games, against the Niagara County Coyotes, was the team's first shutout of the fall.
The season to come seems rather promising with a good mix of rookies and freshman (a total of 15 players.
Addison Marino, the captain of the team said, This year we didn't know what to expect with so many new people, but it's turned out well. We've really started to fit together and work like a team.
Marino is backed by the two assistant captains, Emma Hassen and LeAnna Kozlowski, and their coach Jason Elliott.
The team is a non-league club sport, meaning it is not in a league, but can play whomever it wants in the Western New York area. The team's home games are usually on Fridays and Saturdays at Dwyer Arena.
The club hockey team's season runs from the beginning of the fall semester to about the middle of the spring semester.
The dues for this team are $250 a semester, which is cheap for hockey, Marino said. The players have to supply their own equipment, including pads, sticks, etc. They have practices twice a week, also at Dwyer Arena.
The Niagara Eagles fundraiser this year is a Quidditch Match. If you do not know, Quidditch is the sport played in the Harry Potter series. The cost to participate is $5 per person and you must have at least eight players, but no more than 14. There will be an informational meeting for those interested on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in LLGC.
They are a very competitive (group); have good sportsmanship; and are aggressive “ all characteristics of a winning team, says team supporter Johnny Hibbard, a sophomore.
The Niagara Eagles play at home on Friday, Nov. 4, a 9:30 p.m. at Dwyer Arena.