WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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I.Q. They know how to position themselves, how to get into open space, and they have an incredible work ethic. You can't teach that. You either have it or you don't, and these girls have it." Ice hockey is not for the faint of heart. It's a seven-month-long season—beginning in September and ending in March. There are two practices and one game every week. Because Wellesley doesn't have a "home rink," parents and their kids often have to get up in the wee hours of the morning to drive more than an hour to compete. But most don't mind. "Getting up early and driving on a cold, dark morning is a rite of passage for a hockey player," explains Youngen. "It's a special time for ing many of the girls on this team for the past four years. It's been really great seeing them mature, build their understanding of the game, and become more confident. We were behind in a couple of games in the state tournament, and they never gave up. The girls really bonded as a group and supported each other as teammates." Weene adds, "A lot of these girls are motivated to work hard, which you don't always get at this age. And they all have really good hockey P H O T O C O U R T E S Y O F M A S S H O C K E Y "One of the best things about winning the state championship was how great it felt to have gotten so far and win it all and to know all the hard work we did paid off." – Rowan Greene 114 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 7 Girl Power

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