For 2006 U.S. Olympic hockey player Sarah Parsons '10, her freshman year at Dartmouth hasn't been as much about making the transition to college ice as about making the transition to college life.
"In the Olympics she was playing with 30-year-old women who were talking about mortgages and things like that," says Dartmouth Women's Hockey Coach Mark Hudak. "Now she's with teammates her own age who are interested in the same music and the same things she's interested in. She's just having a blast being at school, and that's what I want her to do. Get comfortable here and enjoy that freshman year, because it's a fun year. And then we'll move on from there."
Parsons racked up a mind-boggling 222 goals and 406 assists in five years of prep hockey with Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, Mass., and then deferred admission to Dartmouth when she became the youngest member of the bronze medal-winning U.S. Olympic team in Torino, Italy. This fall, skating with Canadian gold medalists Gillian Apps '06, Cherie Piper '06, and Katie Weatherston '06, the 5-foot-8 forward led Dartmouth after six games with 12 points (six goals and six assists). She exploded for four goals and three assists against Union and scored the game-winning goal against Number 5 Clarkson to help Dartmouth to a 4-2 start.
How good can Parsons be before she's through?
"She's certainly very good right now," says Hudak. "But like any first-year student, how much will she grow as a player? I think Sarah has a ton of potential. She's going to continue to mature physically. She's just 18 years old so she's going to get stronger, and with that she'll get better and have more tools to work with out on the ice."
By BRUCE WOOD
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Last Updated: 5/30/08