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March 13, 2014

Goaltender Bradley of Swampscott stars in record-setting year at UMass-Boston

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That laid-back attitude may be rare for a goaltender, but its endeared Bradley to each of her teams over the years.

“Moe is not your typical goalie and is very relaxed off the ice, even right before she’s going out for a game,” said Harris. “Once she steps on the ice, she’s all business. She’s able to keep it fun and keep it loose for herself and for her teammates and she’s been a leader on and off the ice.”

Every goalie has different habits when they’re in the zone. Some drink water a certain way and others hop over the lines on the ice for good luck. For Bradley, comfort and superstition come in the form of little phrases she repeats to herself during a game:

“It’s all in the head. It’s a couple of key words. Like one game I said ‘Be better.’ As in be better than her, be better than them. I just kept saying ‘Moe, be better.’ Another game it was ‘Be tough to beat.’ Don’t get beat easy today.”

“Everything is mental at this point. I talk to myself all the time in net,” Bradley said. “I’m talking to myself, or to God, for the entire game.”

UMass-Boston only loses three seniors and has both its All-Conference honorees returning. With the depth of her experiences in tow, Bradley knows that no matter where this road takes her, she’ll savor each moment along the way.

It’s all about the journey, after all.

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