“I feel like I made an impact, and that’s all I wanted. I wanted to feel like I mattered to a team, that I was making a difference,” Bradley said. “I surprised myself with my own play. I haven’t been a game-goalie in a couple years, and it felt funny to be back in that role.”
Bradley tied her first start for UMass-Boston but made only 16 saves. She beat Nichols the next time out, and truly hit her stride in a 30-save scoreless tie with Trinity in December. After Chirstmas, she stopped 50 shots in a 1-1 tie with St. Thomas, then recorded a 43-save shutout to beat St. Anselm.
“Those games were huge for me because I felt like I earned them. Some wins, my team plays so good I feel like we’d win even if I let in a couple goals,” Bradley said. “When we tied Trinity, I felt like I was back. That fire in me was lit again. I felt my confidence coming back and rolled with it.”
The place to be
At 5-foot-8, Bradley fills the net and plays big in her crease. She’s a butterfly goalie that’s strong on both the glove and stick sides. Harris said she is “quick and agile. She can move side to side very well.”
Physically and in terms of her technique, Bradley hasn’t changed much over the years. Her biggest obstacle is the mental side of playing goal: feeling good about herself and concentrating. Having the confidence of the UMass-Boston coaching staff made all the difference.
“I had a bad game the first time against Norwich, five goals in two periods. I knew I wasn’t myself, but I shut them out in the third period,” Bradley recalled. “Having the trust of the coaches to stay in there and get through it meant so much to me mentally.”