Winters had a goal and an assist in the ECAC Open final win over Holy Cross. She also elevated her game against some of the top teams in Division 3, netting two goals in a win over national runner-up Middlebury and two assists in an overtime win over top-10 Norwich.
Overall, St. A’s went 2-2-1 against teams in final USCHO.com D3 Women’s Top 10, proving they could play with the best teams outside Division 1 nationally.
“It’s a nice feeling to look at the top D3 teams and see that we did well. On the one hand it’s unfortunate that we can’t compete in a national tournament, but we know that coming in and there’s great competition in the ECAC East,” said Winters.
Following up consecutive 20 win seasons with this year’s 19-win campaign was satisfying for Winters and the Hawks.
“We lost eight girls so we didn’t know what to expect. We never thought we’d be bad, but we weren’t sure if we’d be as strong because we were young,” Winters said. “We got great wins over Norwich and Middlebury and went on to have a lot of success.”
While studying at St. A’s, Winters is interning with the nearby Manchester Monarchs, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings.
“I’m doing marketing, watching the games from the press box and seeing a lot of behind the scenes stuff,” said Winters. “It’s a different atmosphere and a different way to look at the game and I’m having a lot of fun with it.”
At St. Mary’s, Winters was one of the most potent scorers in Massachusetts girls hockey history. She had 125 goals and 109 assists for 234 points (12th all-time in the Bay State as of 2012) and was unbeaten in her last 77 games as a Spartan. She was at the TD Garden a few weeks ago watching her sister, Brooke, win the state title as St. Mary’s back-up goalie.