Written by Grant Thiel
The Concordia University Wisconsin’s women’s ice hockey team is looking forward to next year just less than a month after their 2017-2018 season ended.
The team’s season ended on February 24th with a 2-0 loss to St. Scholastica in the Slaats Cup Quarterfinals. Despite falling short of a conference championship, head coach Steve Fabiilli said he is happy with the team’s achievements.
“We were a young team, but we reached our goal of making the playoffs, and a few individuals set school records. We also improved as the year went on,” Fabiilli said.
Senior Lexi Holman set the school record for career goals (43) after scoring 14 times this season. Sophomore goalie Breanna Thompson’s four shutouts increased the school’s career record. Junior goalie Christina Pattengale became the school’s all-time leader in saves (1242).
Fabiilli has high hopes for next year too, as all but three players will return, and a handful of new players are expected. He believes having players with experience at the college level gives him an advantage.
“We can focus on more details as a coaching staff,” Fabiilli said.
NCAA Division III rules do not allow Fabiilli to be involved in off-season training, so the players must take it upon themselves to be in condition for next year. Freshman Defenseman Vyctoria Smith has a plan laid out for herself.
“I’m going to be on the ice every chance I get,” Smith said.
According to Smith, each player has her own training strategy but involving long distance running, sprints, and weight training. Fabiilli has confidence that his team will be ready.
“We do a very good job of recruiting self-motivated players,” Fabiilli said.
According to Fabiilli, the team’s biggest focus for the next season is to win games, and ultimately, a conference championship. The Falcons start the 2018-2019 regular season in October.