Thursday, May 26, 2011

We're goin' to the 'ship!

It's has been a long week of hockey, dorm rooms, and campus cafeteria food, but we have finally arrived to the final day of National Championships 2011. It wasn't easy, but we managed to have fun in the process- and earn a spot in the final, the championship game. Today, we will suit up and face the New Jersey team one more time.

After a great start to the tournament, the last 3 games have been much more of a fight for us. It is hard to maintain an extremely high level of play and high tempo for a whole tournament. We saw this all too well this week. Although we didn't play our best, we managed to get the points we needed, and remain undefeated to put ourselves into the final. We tied Mid-Atlantic 1-1 in our 3rd test, as they tied the game in the final minutes. We only scored 1 goal in our 4th match-up against New England, but we did a better job late in the game keeping a clean slate. Against Pennsylvania in the final pool play game, we needed to tie, win, or not lose by more than 5 to make it into the final. We again saw our 1-0 lead go to 1-1 in the final minutes of the game. It is always disappointing to give up a win in the last bit of the game, but we got the job done that we came to do. We got to the final. At the end of the day, it didn't really matter how we got there, but it is nice to go into the last day with no losses and the best goal differential.

That being said, none of that matters today. None of the other games count today. It is one game and it is a must-win. It is the finals. We know it is going to be a fight. Both teams are extremely skilled, and we've both endured a long week of games. Although we are excited for it to almost be over and to head home tonight, we have a job to do first. And we want to finally be bringing that trophy back down to the SOUTH after a few years hiatus.

Here we go South!

I should probably try to stay on my feet a bit more today too! haha....

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