Saturday, December 7, 2013
Abby Rutt, in her second year at New Hampton School in New Hampshire, is becoming a “more agile skater.”
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"I was pretty upset because I planned on coming here," Massey said. "(Lewis) basically told me there was no chance, that there were no spots on the roster. I tried to keep a positive outlook, that something could happen. Someone could leave. I kept working out because I knew if I was given an opportunity and I wasn't ready, I would regret it the rest of my life. The whole summer I dedicated myself to something that I didn't know was really going to happen."
The call came. A player left. Massey could try out for the open spot. She did, and Lewis was impressed.
"It was really nice to see somebody work so hard in the off-season, train and do what she needed to do," Lewis said.
Now a sophomore, Massey has played in all 25 games.
• ABBY RUTT
She's improving athletics, academics at prep school
But Rutt is a different player from her Scarborough days, a more rounded player, now in her second year of prep school.
"She is a more agile skater, she pivots quicker and she gets her shot off quicker," New Hampton coach Craig Churchill said.
Rutt came to the New Hampton (N.H.) School to improve her game. While at Scarborough, she constantly heard how she had to move away to get better.
"It fell into place after my junior year," said Rutt, the youngest of four children, all of whom played hockey, including Jacob, who is now skating for the University of Maine. "Of course I miss my family and friends. But I'm not lonely. I quickly built good relationships at New Hampton."
And she has built up her academic resume, entering New Hampton's International Baccalaureate program, with plans to enroll at Wesleyan University next year as a pre-med major.
• ASHLEY WINSLOW
Goalie goes for it, is 'really happy with my decision'
PORTLAND - Ashley Winslow was a goalie looking for a challenge. She did not think she would find it playing high school girls hockey in Maine. So after eighth grade, Winslow packed up and left for St. George's School in Newport, R.I.
"It was pretty tough," Winslow said. "But I stayed pretty busy. And I loved it. It's the best thing I've ever done."
She enjoyed the academics and the hockey. Her skills improved and a few Division III colleges were interested. Winslow likely would have played regularly if she went to one of them. But she visited Division I Quinnipiac and liked it. Winslow walked on (i.e., no scholarship) and became the team's No. 3 goalie. She practices and travels with the team, but has yet to play a game.
"It's tough not playing, but I'm on a team and on the ice every day," Winslow said. "Sometimes I think about (the possibility of playing for a Division III team), but I love my teammates and my school. I'm really happy with my decision."