Goaltender Moe Bradley has come to believe that life is a journey, not a destination.
By any measure, it was a long and winding road that led the Swampscott native to the crease at UMass-Boston. Now that she’s arrived as an all-star collegiate goalie, Bradley knows that each step on her journey helped make her the netminder she is today.
A 22-year-old junior, Bradley just finished her first season with the Beacons after spending the previous two in Division 1 with the University of New Hampshire. Her last high school action was five years ago, as a junior on Marblehead’s co-op team, and she played a season-and-a-half with the Boston Shamrocks and then with the Boston Blades while trying to make her college dreams a reality.
“I loved the experience. There’s no way I’d be where I am today without that,” Bradley said of playing in Hockey East at UNH. The Wildcats had four goalies on the roster last season. With more recruits due in and only one crease, she knew her best chance to play would have to come somewhere else.
At UMass-Boston, Bradley earned All-ECAC East second team honors while posting a 7-4-4 record with school records in goals-against average (1.58) and save percentage (.938). She had four shutouts (tying the school single season mark), including the first postseason shutout in program history.
“Moe’s play in net is confident and commanding. She’s a competitor, constantly working to better herself and her teammates, and she has a knack for coming up with a huge save when needed,” said Beacons head coach Colleen Harris, who captained the Boston College women’s hockey team in 2008-09.
The Beacons fell to Norwich, 2-1, in overtime of the conference semifinals with Bradley making 26 saves. Reflecting on her first playoff action since she played at Marblehead (a loss to Arlington in which, ironically, UMass-Boston teammate Casey Schaejbe was in net for the Spy Ponders), she was grateful to be back.