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Women’s Hockey wins first ever Codfish Bowl

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The Beacons won the championship game, 2-0

A brilliant effort given by the Beacons Women’s Hockey team helped capture them their very first Codfish Bowl Championship in the seven years of the tournament’s existence. This is the first-ever title in the 10-year history of the program. This is a great accomplishment, seeing that the Bowl is hosted at their very own arena. 
Although winning this title may have given Coach Colleen Harris a bit of relief, she has a much bigger picture set in her mind for the season. “Winning the Codfish Bowl has always been a goal for this program. We are thrilled that we were able to make a little history this year.  It felt fantastic to finally get the win and enjoy it, but we know that we have to get right back to work,“ said Harris.
As of late, the Beacons are 6-1-2 in their last seven games and sit at 7-7-3 overall.  A recent hot streak and a Codfish title couldn’t have come at a better time for the Beacons. “I think the Codfish win will definitely help us propel forward to our league play and we are excited to get it going.  We know that we are only as good as our last performance so it is important to keep our consistent play going,” Harris added.
Their last couple of performances were stellar, especially in the Codfish Bowl semifinal match against Stevenson University, which came down to the wire. The Beacons dominated the early part of the game, but their three-to-nothing lead vanished by the middle of the third period. The game came down to a go-ahead goal late in the third by Samantha Fallon, who would later be announced as the tournament MVP, and the Beacons escaped to the finals with a 4-3 win. They defeated Connecticut College 2-0 to take the championship.
A team heavy on juniors and seniors, the Beacons were unexpectedly led by sophomores Samantha Fallon and Casey Schaejbe, who made all-tournament team alongside junior forward Alyssa Sullivan. However, with these great individual honors, Harris strongly believes that the team effort has been the key during their recent streak as she focuses on “we” more than anything.
“We spent a lot of time discussing what we want out of this season as a group at the end of last semester after we had a bit of a slow start.  Once all of us were able to realize that we all need to embrace our role on the team in order to make the big picture come together, we were able to see our hard work pay off on the ice,” Harris said.
Harris hopes for a promising second half of the season as the Beacons enter league play. Development of a student athlete is what Harris stresses the most. She said, “our program is most definitely on the rise.  I believe we have been making progress throughout the last few seasons and this year we are beginning to see our hard work materialize into a better record.  Our kids have fully committed themselves to being the best student athletes they can and this mentality is what is going to continue to propel us forward to continued and more consistent success.”
The Beacons have plenty to build on as they continue to take their program to new heights. For a complete game schedule, go to www.beaconsathletics.com.