PEABODY — It might be hard to believe that the previous 30 games — all losses with the exception of one tie — helped the Bishop Fenwick girls hockey team win their last three contests.
The Crusaders, who finished their season with a 5-1 win over Matignon at the McVann-O’Keefe Rink yesterday, stayed positive throughout the last two seasons. That outlook, and desire to improve themselves every practice, is what brought this third-year varsity program to a place where they could win.
“We wouldn’t have won if it wasn’t for all the positive energy,” said Nina Groom, the team’s only senior and one of two captains. “The attitude was everything for us.”
Fenwick went 0-16 in both 2011-12 and 2012-13, their first two seasons as a varsity team. They were 0-13-1 this year until last Saturday.
Imagine coming away without a win for three years (36 total games), then winning three games in a five-day span.
It meant the world to the Crusaders, many of whom took up ice hockey for the first time as high school students.
“It’s so awesome,” said Groom, who joined the team as a sophomore with no skating experience. “We knew we had some games with teams that we’d had close games with before, but you do get to the end and start feeling a little down. I didn’t want to leave without getting a win, and for us to be able to get the first varsity wins for Fenwick feels amazing.”
The Crusaders are in a unique position as a fledgling program. They’re the only team on the North Shore that doesn’t co-op with another school, and since they don’t have an attached middle school like some other parochial schools in the state, the team can’t turn to middle school students with years of youth hockey experience for support.