Weekly Feature



2013-12-11 / Sports

Thunder with four girls on Monsignor Martin hockey team

by BRANDON KILIJANSKI
Reporter

One of the top Federation girls ice hockey programs is the combined Monsignor Martin team.

They consist of the top all-stars from across the schools regularly associated with the Monsignor Martin League.

Mount St. Mary’s has four players on the roster that consists of just 24 total — forward Megan Rooney, defenders Marielle Buffamonte and Maeve Christ, and goalie Sophie Carroll.

Buffamonte is a senior playing in her fourth year on the team. She is a versatile player who can play both on offense and defense, depending on the situation.

“She is more of a natural defenseman, but I can also count on her at forward,” head coach Linda Groff Mroz said. “She is a versatile player who can anticipate where the play is going. But she also brings laughter, she is one of those team players you always want to have in your locker room.”

Christ is a sophomore who plays on the first or second defensive line, as well as power plays and penalty kills.

She is one of the smartest players that takes the ice for the Monsignor Martin team.

“She is very solid and can rush the puck, but she knows when to go forward and when to get back,” said Groff Mroz. “She is a smart hockey player which is her biggest strength.”

Rooney is also a sophomore who gets time on the fourth line.

“Right now, every practice is a fight for position,” said Groff Mroz. “But she has the talent and speed to move up higher. She needs a little work, but can become the full package. We just need to work one piece at a time.”

Carroll is a sophomore, currently filling the role as the third string goalie.

She is a young player with raw skills, on the cusp of breaking out.

“Every practice is a tryout for her to get into the lineup,” said Groff Mroz. “I see her working hard in practice, we just need her to break out of her shell a little bit and communicate more on the ice.”

The Monsignor Martin team is currently 1-0-1 with a 11-0 victory against Nichols last Thursday and a 1-1 tie against Orchard Park/Frontier on Nov. 21.

The team practices once a week on Tuesdays at Holiday Twin Rinks for one hour.

But they also do off-ice training such as kickboxing cardio.

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