November 6, 2013

Women's Journal: Losses light fire under Eagles

By Kat Hasenauer Cornetta

Sometimes losing can be a good thing.

Taylor Wasylk says that while losing is definitely not preferred, especially in a particularly competitive Hockey East, sometimes it gives her Boston College (7-2-0) team a kick in the pants.

“Losing is never a good thing, but it is easy to get motivated after we lose,” the senior forward from Port Huron, Michigan admitted. “In my three years here, we haven’t lost much, and when it does happen, we are good at using it as motivation and bouncing back.”

Wasylk (pictured right) and her Eagles teammates have had two surprising losses in this young season: a 3-1 loss to New Hampshire and a 4-1 loss to a strong Syracuse team. Both times, Boston College has skated to two straight wins afterward.

They rebounded from the loss to Syracuse with a sweep last weekend of league mate Providence College, coming away with a 8-6 win on Friday night where Wasylk had two assists on goals by Haley Skarupa and Kate Leary (Seabrook, New Hamp.). Sunday, Wasylk kicked off the game’s scoring in the second period, combining with Skarupa for a shorthanded goal. Wasylk’s fellow senior, Melissa Bizzari (Stowe, Vermont), scored a goal in overtime to lead BC to  2-1 overtime win at Conte Forum on Sunday afternoon.

“Having an overtime game win Sunday was great, and not just because I had a goal,” said Wasylk. “But those are the games that stick out because they are good team wins.”

Wasylk and reigning Hockey East Rookie of the Year Skarupa have had great chemistry this season, playing wings on a line with freshman Kristyn Capizzano. The combination is great for the trio’s individual point totals. Skarupa leads the team with nine goals and eight assists, while Wasylk is second with four goals and six assists, and Capizzano is not far behind in fifth with three goals and four assists. But Wasylk isn’t paying much attention to the totals. “We’re having success for the team, and that’s important.”

Though Wasylk points to the losses as motivation, the Eagles are determined not to lose too many times this season. “We know the best thing to do is to take it one game at a time. We can’t overlook any team because everyone is good this year.”

The increased parity may make BC’s path to its fourth straight Frozen Four more difficult. Wasylk is determined to make her class the one that finally makes it to the national championship game after three straight semifinal losses.

“With our senior class, we’ve been to the Frozen Four three years in a row. We’ve lost that opening game now three times and we want to get back and win that.”

Player of the Week

Louise Warren, Boston University, senior forward

Warren has stepped up for the Terriers thus far this season. Last week, the senior scored five goals through three games. So far this season, she leads the team in points with seven goals and two assists, and is tied for fourth in nationally with a 0.88 goals per game. Warren had two game winning goals last week, one in a 3-2 edging of cross town rival Northeastern and in their 3-1 win at New Hampshire.

Team of the Week

BostonCollege

The Eagles bounced back from their road loss against Syracuse two Fridays ago with a sweep of a high scoring Providence College team. After a few games where they were misfiring and putting up a lot of shots but not getting them through, they seem to be back on their feet. They will need that follow through as they play hungry Hockey East teams Vermont and Northeastern this weekend.

Game of the Week

Harvard vs. St. Lawrence, Friday night

The Crimson and Saints are tied for second in the ECAC with identical 3-1-0 league records. Harvard fell for the first time this season to RPI 2-1 on Friday evening, but bounced back with a 3-0 shutout of Union Saturday. St. Lawrence’s only league loss came against Clarkson at the beginning of October. The Saints are led by senior defenseman Mel Desrochers, who has four goals and seven assists this season, but they also have a good core of freshmen who are contributing right away.

Song of the Week

Finally, our song of the week feature begins! This season (as long as I can find willing participants) this column will feature one song/artist each week that a New England team or player plays pre-game, and collect them into a playlist on Spotify at the end of the season. Wasylk is our first contributor.

Wasylk doesn’t have a set pregame song per se, but said, “I am a huge Eminem fan, being from Detroit, so that always happens pre-game.”

Are you a women’s college hockey player with a song for the playlist? Let me know.

Power Rankings

1) Boston University (6-1-1 overall, 3-0-0 Hockey East) - For a team who had a lot of question marks heading into the season, they have shown that they are willing to step up to fill any voids. Their defense may be down in terms experience, but goalie Kerrin Sperry (North Reading, Mass.) is making up for it by having another stellar year. She sits in the top ten in the nation in three statistical categories, including seventh in goals against average with a 1.39 and second in save percentage with a .954.

2) Boston College (7-2-0 overall, 3-1-0 Hockey East) - Many women’s hockey fans have been asking, “What is wrong with BC?”, but this is still a well rounded team with a nice distribution of talented newcomers and experienced upperclassmen. Nothing’s wrong with them but early season finding of themselves. Expect their overtime win against Providence to be just as much of a motivation as the losses Wasylk spoke about above.

3) Harvard (3-1-0 overall, 3-1-0, ECAC) - After scoring 4 or more goals through their first three games of the season (including their exhibition), the Crimson were held to just one goal in their 2-1 loss to RPI. They still hold on to the second spot in the ECAC, but will need to score more late in the game. They only have one third period goal in the regular season.

4) Quinnipiac (7-1-2 overall, 2-1-1 ECAC) - The Bobcats may have been a bit too overpowering offensively Friday against Colgate, earning a 6-0 win On Saturday they skated to a 1-1 tie with league leading Cornell. Shiann Darkangelo scored Quinnipiac’s lone goal against Cornell, a shorthanded goal that was her second of the weekend.

5) Northeastern (5-5-1 overall, 2-2-1 Hockey East) - The Huskies tied Maine last Friday, 1-1, but bounced back with a 3-0 shutout of New Hampshire Sunday. Katie MacSorley scored three goals on the weekend, and is second on the team with six goals and two assists. They will have a big test this Sunday against Boston College.

Photo credit: Hockey East Online

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