The Brother Rice hockey team is nearing the end of a harsh winter season, but instead of hanging their heads, the players are looking forward to ending the season with a powerful statement. They hope to carry that attitude into next season. This season has not granted many breaks to the young Crusader team which consists of only eight upper classmen. The team is winless this year, recently suffering a brutal loss to Marist in the annual outdoor “Winter Classic” game. Different variables go into the reasoning behind the team’s defeated season.
The team has little experience, playing 10 freshmen and sophomores on the varsity team, due to the fact that there are only 18 boys in the entire program. Playing these underclassmen against stronger and faster teams is clearly a disadvantage for the Crusaders. The team’s lack of depth has also cost them important contests this year. However, the freshmen and sophomores have potential and are gaining a lot of insight about the fast paced varsity game, paving the way for the program’s bright future.
While many uncontrollable things have gone wrong for the skating Crusaders this year, one thing has remained consistently on the right page, and that is effort. Their work ethic is not a reason for the team’s losing record this year. Junior goalie Mike Piemonte stated, “We give effort and have the right mentality every game, we just lack depth and experience.” The team is motivated and has a positive attitude, which hopefully will lead to a satisfying end to the so far unfavorable season.
The Crusaders look back at this year as a time for rebuilding. Piemonte added, “We plan on continuing improving our skills and being competitive so we can end the season strong.” According to president and director of Brother Rice’s hockey team, Jamie Pembroke, the team has improved within the last two months. They can still acquire some wins in these last six games and end the season with confidence.
The Crusader’s positive attitude and up and coming program may lead to a complete turn-around for the Brother Rice hockey program. Up to this point, the year may not have gone as planned, but the last few games are crucial. If they come out victorious in these next games, the seniors will be able to end their high school career on a positive note, and the younger players will be inspired next year with a hunger for more wins.