The Rams’ trip to Michigan did not go as they had hoped. For their first two games, the women faced Grand Valley State University, who had moved up to number 6 in the rankings. To start the first game the Rams gave Grand Valley State a run for their money, ending the first period with only a one goal deficit. These women did what they could to step their game up to overcome Grand Valley State, but they fell short with a final score of 4-1. The Rams lone goal coming from Senior and Captain Sierra Dell. The next day the Rams played Grand Valley State again, setting personal goals and achieving them. However, the Rams outcome was worse than expected as they fell 14-0. As well, Junior Alicia Ziff had to leave the game with a hip injury. With a game the next morning the Rams were out for vengeance for they felt they deserved a better outcome than the previous games had presented. This game was against Davenport University, a team ranked only one above Colorado State. The Rams had a great start to the game, Ashley Chase scored the first goal during the first period. As well, the young women started to truly play as a team and trust each other. However, the game ended 3-1 in favor of Davenport. The Rams remain hopefully for the remainder of the season as they learned the difficulty of the competition they will be seeing this season and ones to follow. Many of the Rams being underclassman did not know what to expect but now are prepared to work toward that level as they plan to play the newly ranked 6th, 7th and 8th teams.
We hope that all of our fans had a fantastic holiday season and are as excited about the New Year as the Rams are!
With the New Year behind us, your Rams are back in the Fort preparing for the tough semester ahead. Although the preparation is not always enjoyable, the women are still having some fun. On January 14, the ladies will be going to Nederland, Colorado, to put on a skills clinic and scrimmage the local men’s team (Click here for more information). Monday, January 16th, the women will play their rivals, University of Colorado. This game will take place at EPIC at 3:45pm. The team will then be on their way to Michigan, where they will face Grand Valley University (8-6) on January 20th and 21st, then Davenport University (5-12) on January 22nd. These teams are both ranked above the Rams at 7 and 14, respectively. This competition will be fierce. Hopefully the Rams will be able to step up their game and create an upset, similar as to what happened last year when the team traveled to Michigan and defeated Adrian College.
This semester also brings the return of Senior Hannah Samlowski from her semester at sea. Samlowski will be wearing 15 and the team is excited for her strong defensive presence. Although the team will be gaining one defenseman, they have another traveling to Prague for a semester abroad. The team wishes the best for Maria King and she will be truly missed on and off the ice.