April 11, 2016

Video: A Postcard from Placid

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- While we all are well aware of what happened on the ice, championship weekend offered so much more. So with thanks to all who helped make it happen, sit back and enjoy some of the lesser-seen sights and sounds of Lake Placid in our final farewell to the 2015-16 campaign:

Video: Eric Gulseth

 

 

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April 9, 2016

Dual Sports, Dual Success

More news about: Lake Forest

By Katie Minerva
Special to D3hockey.com

Laura Hurd winner Michelle Greeneway is an excellent soccer player, too. 
Photo:Matt Weidner, Lake Forest College

As October transitions into November, most soccer players prepare to wrap up their season and take a step back from sports. For Lake Forest’s Holly Lesperance and Michelle Greeneway, however, the end of October signified the beginning of something different: hockey.

The girls made their start in both sports at a very young age. Greeneway has been playing soccer and hockey since she was 3 or 4 years old, and Lesperance has been playing soccer since she was 4 years old and hockey since she was 6 or 7. Most athletes will eventually end up focusing on one sport, but Lesperance and Greeneway were so passionate about both they couldn’t pick.

“I have so much love for both hockey and soccer,” Lesperance said. “I couldn't imagine having to choose one over the other.”

Pursuing two sports isn’t an easy task to undertake, but the girls have done more than just make it work; they’ve excelled. As a captain of both teams, Greeneway has earned All-Region honors for three consecutive soccer seasons, and is the only four-time All-American in Lake Forest hockey history. She was also the recipient of the 2016 Laura Hurd Award, which was presented to the NCAA Division III Women’s Player of the Year by the American Hockey Coaches Association. Lesperance earned All-Region honors for all four soccer seasons, and was named Second Team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in 2015.

Succeeding as a dual-sport athlete comes with a number of challenges. Due to the closeness of the two seasons, the girls were often unavailable for early season hockey practices and sometimes even have to miss a few games.

Additionally, besides starring on the field or on the ice, the girls also have to factor in school and their social lives. For Greeneway, balance is key.

“It comes down to down to a lot of time management and making sacrifices, often pertaining to social events,” she says.

The girls’ soccer coach, T.R. Bell, agrees.

“In order to play two sports at this level you have to be disciplined both in athletics and academics, and be able to manage your time well,” he said.

Holly Lesperance was a soccer All-American this season, and a valuable contributor on the ice for the Foresters.
Photo: Matt Weidner 

Despite the difficulties of playing two sports and the sacrifices they have had to make, however, Lesperance and Greeneway believe that playing both was more of an asset to their success than a detriment. Greeneway said that her dad credits her success in hockey to her ability to see plays before they develop, which is a skill that she believes was heightened by playing soccer.

“Soccer and hockey are very similar games so I definitely think it helps Michelle and Holly in both sports,” Bell explained further. “Each game relies quite a bit on the ability to read and react, and not so much on a set play. You also must play both ends of the field or rink to be successful, and these two certainly do that.”

According to Lake Forest’s woman’s hockey coach, Carisa Zaban Wahlig, another reason competing in two sports is a positive is that it helps them with their mental game as well as their physical one.

“It’s competing at another sport, and any time you can do that, you’re going to learn things about yourself and what makes you tick,” she said.

Due to the benefits of playing two sports and their passion for both soccer and hockey, neither girl has ever considered giving one of them up. Greeneway feels that all of the sacrifices she’s made have been worth it because of the success she has experienced, and Lesperance agrees. Even the injury she suffered during the 2012-2013 hockey season, which restricted her from playing in all but two games that year, couldn’t make her quit the sport.

“I do not think I would be the soccer player I am today if I did not play hockey and vice-versa,” Lesperance said. “Both sports prepared me for the physical shape and mindset I needed in order to compete at such a high level.”

If the girls could offer some advice to athletes considering joining two sports in college, it would be to just give it a shot.

As Lesperance said, “It may be a lot of time, effort and dedication, but in the end, it is more than worth it.”

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April 7, 2016

Trine University adding hockey

Compiled by D3hockey.com staff --

ANGOLA, Ind. -- In conjunction with the construction of two new athletics buildings, Trine University will be adding both men's and women's ice hockey programs, it was announced on Thursday.

 

The Thunder anticipate beginning play in the fall of 2017, and have already applied for membership in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association.

“We are looking forward to the addition of ice hockey to our athletic department. Collegiate hockey will bring a new and exciting form of competition to the Trine University athletics family,” said Trine Assistant Vice President of Athletics Matt Land.

Trine will soon begin construction on a $16 million project that will include two new athletic buildings, one of which will be a 50,600 square foot, 1000 seat ice arena that will serve as home to both its men's and women's hockey programs.

Aside from the ice rink itself, the arena will include men’s and women’s lockers, concessions, a pro shop, sticks and skates for sale, a VIP lounge and two press boxes. The funding for the project is largely in place thanks to a significant lead donation.

“We are grateful for the generosity of those who continue to support the mission we have of providing a quality, well-rounded education here at Trine,” said President Earl D. Brooks II in the release. “These new buildings will not only provide better facilities for our athletic teams and the opportunity to expand our athletic programs, but more opportunities for our students and staff to stay in shape, and recreation for the community as a whole.”

Should the already geographically widespread NCHA accept the membership application of Trine, which is located in the northeast corner of Indiana, it would help bridge the gap between Adrian, which is located in southeast Michigan, and Lake Forest and Aurora, both of which are located in the Chicago area. No timeframe on the NCHA's decision has been announed.

The Trine hockey programs will be the first Division III programs in the state of Indiana and both have already begun a nationwide search for a head coach.

 

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