Women's Ice Hockey: Stories from the Summer

Women's Ice Hockey: Stories from the Summer

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – With the start of fall (Sept. 22), the Harvard women's hockey team reflected on the many adventures that the summer of 2018 brought. Check out Stories from the Summer below: 

Bradley Fusco | Senior | Winchester, Mass.
This summer I had the opportunity to go tuna fishing in Key West, Florida with TJ Ott from the National Geographic show 'Wicked Tuna'. It was an amazing trip because TJ knows all the ins and outs of fishing for tuna. There were so many fish jumping at our bait that we could pick which fish we wanted to hook up to by dipping our bait in and out of the water. The tuna for which we were fishing were heavy, so reeling one onto the boat was an experience that I will never forget. I fought the fish on the line for over 20 minutes! 

Beth Larcom | Junior | Middletown, R.I.
Every year, thousands of bike riders gather on the first full weekend in August to span Cape Cod in a 198-mile ride. One hundred percent of dollars raised by Pan-Mass Challenge riders is donated to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. This particular day, I get dressed and gear up to ride nearly 85 miles on my bike from Bourne, MA to Babson, MA as part of the PMC's one-day Volunteer Ride. My whole family realizes and greatly appreciates the gravity of the efforts of Dana-Farber's doctors, nurses, and staff. This is why, for the last 20 years, the Larcom clan (I'm the youngest of six kids, so there are indeed a lot of us) pile into cars and head down to the Cape for PMC weekend. PMC weekend started at a young age for me as a vacation; I would go to the Cape beaches, camp with my cousins, and frequent the Brewster General Store for bulk candy and Stewart's Root Beer. Now, though, it has evolved into a weekend of actively working towards PMC's goal to get "Closer By The Mile" to a cure for cancer. 

Keely Moy | Sophomore | San Diego, Calif.
This summer, I worked at the San Diego Zoo. I was there to enhance the guest experience by making them feel like the zoo was being taken care of. I enjoyed seeing parts of the zoo that were no longer in use, because thats not something you get to see every day. I got to see a lot of the animals much closer up than the guests did, which was awesome for me. Occasionally, too, I got to hear what the tours were saying, which educated me a lot about the animals themselves. The San Diego Zoo itself creates an environment for their animals unlike any other zoo I have ever seen or been to. They only hire the best zookeepers, and every animal gets world class treatment. Each of them has their own Nutritionist and caretaker who gets to work with them daily. I learned a lot about the people who make things work behind the scenes. everyone I worked with wanted to be there every day because the work environment is so special. Even if I was having a bad day there was always something that I could see that would give me a new perspective on things. This helped me in my daily life because things are going to happen that bring you down or things you can't control that happens to you. But trying to find the good things and the little things that make you change your perspective on things are important. And in the environment like the zoo, where the animals do silly things or don't necessarily have anything to be sad or upset about, it's easy to reset your thinking back to being happy and grateful with where you are.

Ali Peper | Junior | Arvada, Colo.
This summer I had the chance to hike a 14er with my older brother, which is a series of mountains in Colorado that summit over 14,000 ft. in elevation. We hiked Grays and Torrey's Peak, giving us the chance to summit two different mountains in the same hike. We wanted to do this because it is an experience unique to living in Colorado, and something we don't get to do regularly. The feeling at the summit is difficult to describe, because it's an exhausting trip, but the accomplishment and chance to see the world from that view made it one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. 

 Sydney Sorkin | Sophomore | Chicago, Ill.
 This summer I worked as a hockey instructor for the Chicago Blackhawks' youth programs. It easily turned into one of the most rewarding things I did. Whether it was helping the three-year-olds take their first steps on the ice or working with the eight to ten-year-olds on taking a slap shot, I was reminded how much fun hockey is. At their age 100% effort and full energy is a given, even at 7am on a Saturday. It was extremely refreshing to teach and experience hockey stripped of the intensity and rigorous commitment that accumulate as you progress with the game. Moving forward I want to continue to coach young kids because they are a constant reminder of the fact that hockey is just simply a fun game.