Alexandra Starzyk had no idea why Athletic Director Mark Conroy was calling her name during assembly. The varsity ice hockey player knew that she had done well over the course of her senior season, but had no idea that in the course of the season she’d also set new school records.
So, when Mr. Conroy announced that Ms. Starzyk had reached a career 100 goals—something only three girls had done before—and, at 119 points, was the new all-time leading scorer, she was amazed.
“I had no idea I was on my way to reaching 100 goals,” Ms. Starzyk explained later via email. “Until they called my name in assembly, I was unaware I held the record for most points by merely one.”
At first, Jean-Gabriel “Gabe” Lacombe couldn’t quite get the hang of the sport he now captains. “I didn’t like [hockey] in the beginning…I couldn’t skate very well,” he admitted. Lacombe was 2 years old when he started skating.
His father encouraged him to keep at it and, eventually, “all my friends started liking hockey so I felt like, ‘I might as well start playing,’” he said. The rest is history.
On Monday, February 27, much to the amusement of the Williston Northampton School community, Boys Varsity Ice Hockey Coach Derek Cunha showed up for work with a thick mustache and newly shaven Mohawk.
The history behind Coach Cunha’s mustache and Mohawk dates to November 2011 when he and several of the boys hockey team grew mustaches in support of “Movember,” an event to raise awareness about men’s health.
Coach Cunha remembered it was fun seeing how their facial features changed by the day, in what he acknowledges wasn’t always the most attractive way. During “Movember” the team had two pre-season games in which they beat Academy St. Louis and South Kent. On December 1st the razors came out and the mustaches were gone.
The Williston Northampton girls hockey team will be hosting Tabor Academy on Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 4:45 p.m. for the Pink in the Rink event to support breast cancer research.
“Many ice hockey teams across the country have been honoring and supporting this cause, and we are so excited to be doing the same,” said head coach Christa Talbot ’98.
Students will be raising money through a bake sale and raffles at the event. Please join us to cheer on the Wildcats as they take on rival Tabor and make a difference to a great cause!