There was a moment during the Suffolk University women’s hockey team’s first-ever game last fall when Taylor Wasylk knew coaching the team was going to be special.
“I was a complete nut case in that game — I was so overly emotional and overexcited,” said Wasylk a year later. “The emotions were all over the map. But a couple minutes into the game Tess Adams came off the ice. She was a senior transfer from SUNY Canton, where I had coached before. She looked at me and she said, ‘Coach, I feel like I’m playing in the Stanley Cup Final right now.’ ”
Suffolk might have lost that game against Nichols but soon hit its stride, finishing 15-9-2 and playing in the NEHC playoffs. The team also had the league’s Rookie of the Year, forward Shana Cote. Now this fall, the Rams find themselves ranked second in the preseason league poll, right against Division 3 powerhouse Norwich. The team believes it has the talent to be there — while having a whole lot of fun in the process.