Women's hockey teams on rise even as seasons come to end
April 1, 2020 | Lynchburg, Va.
Liberty University's ACHA Division I and II women's hockey teams had their postseasons cut short by the COVID-19 coronavirus after winning the inaugural Women's Midwest College Hockey League (WMCHL) tournament and finishing runner-up in the College Hockey East (CHE) tournament, respectively.
The Lady Flames' DI squad (26-2), ranked first since the start of the season, was poised to contend for its third consecutive national championship and fourth in six seasons. Meanwhile, the DII team (17-5-1, ranked second in the Southeast Region), was anticipating its second ACHA National Championships appearance in three seasons — and second trip to nationals in program history — even after falling to Mercyhurst, 4-3 in double overtime of the CHE final.
Liberty Flames Sports Network (LFSN) anchor Rett McGibbon and Club Sports Director of Video & Media Patrick Strawn take a look back at the two teams' seasons as they prepare to send out a total of 11 seniors, including nine on the DI roster. (Commencement ceremonies have been postponed to Sept. 11-12.)
The future looks bright for both squads. The DI team landed its seventh fall recruit to date this week and already has lined up one commitment for Fall 2021. While one of the DII lineup's two seniors is head captain Holly Turner, that team recently signed its first fall recruit.