Former Sailor helps college hockey team to national title
Steamboat Springs — Miranda Schrock always had been ahead of the athletic curve.
She played on the Steamboat Springs High School boys hockey team her senior year, and she always was a leader on the soccer field.
Now, the 2008 graduate can add another accomplishment to her resume.
Schrock, a freshman at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo., helped the Lions’ girls team repeat as American Collegiate Hockey Association Division I hockey national champions. The ACHA Division I features top-level club hockey.
Lindenwood beat rival Robert Morris, 2-1, on Sunday in the championship game.
“Having the feeling of winning the national title is indescribable,” Schrock said. “I was just so happy. It was the best feeling. It was the perfect day. The whole team was just glowing.”
In the regular season, Schrock finished with five goals, 10 assists and a plus-17 rating, which means Lindenwood scored 17 more goals than it gave up while Schrock was on the ice. She helped her team get into the quarterfinals by scoring a total of two goals in the first two rounds of the postseason.
Schrock admitted when she got to the program and started playing she was initially nervous. But as the season progressed, Schrock said she realized she not only could play at this level, but she could contribute heavily.
Schrock compared the level of play to the boys high school hockey team her senior year.
“When I first found out about the team, the coach said how he had people coming in from Sweden,” Schrock said. “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh. What am I getting myself into?’ I thought I’d be at the lower end of the spectrum. But it’s been awesome.”
The Lions were expected to take a step back after last year’s national championship. The team lost eight seniors and featured a roster full of freshmen and sophomores.
Still, Schrock said the goal for the season always was to win another national title.
“I felt like I had to fill some big shoes lost from last year,” Schrock said. “But midway through the season, after like 20 games, I felt pretty comfortable. Everybody knew if we worked hard and played like a team we could come out and win the national championship.”
Although Schrock originally planned to try to play soccer at Lindenwood, as well, she said after the hockey season – which ran from the start of school to Sunday – she thinks she might just stick to hockey and try to win a couple more national championships.
“Everyone thought this is going to be a rebuilding year,” said Schrock, who is studying graphic design. “Nobody was expecting us to win another national championship. Nobody expected us to do that. Everyone thought this team was a lot more weak.
“We did lose a lot of talent from last year, but as a team – that’s how we succeeded. We succeeded as a team.”
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