By Steven Smeall
CORNWALL, Ontario - Following a gold medal victory at the Challenge Cup playoff tournament, forward Annie Young of the St. Lawrence College (SLC) Cornwall Sharks women’s hockey team has been named the SLC athlete of the week.
Sharks players Annie Young, left, and Julie Curtis.
Young scored the overtime winner in the Sharks final match against Humber College, getting them their first gold medal of the season. Young also scored the lone shootout goal in Cornwall’s 2-1 victory over Georgian College in the first game of the tournament.
“Winning the Challenge Cup with the Sharks was amazing for me and everyone apart of it,” said Young. “We worked so hard to get in the position to even play in the final game. I couldn't have asked for a better way to conclude the season.
“After we realized that we won, I can't explain my excitement. It was like a breath of fresh air. This was probably one of the biggest championships that I've ever won. I'm so glad I got to experience it with the lady Sharks. We really deserved this. After a long year of silver medals we got the only gold that counts.”
Despite it being her first year on the team, Young was one of the strongest offensive players. At one point in the season, she had six goals in nine games, enough to lead the team in points.
With so much on the line in the championship game, it was clear that the team had to give it their strongest efforts to win.
“That was where my mind set was at before that goal,” said Young. “To win it for the girls and the coaches so that they could leave their final years at SLC on a good note.”
Young made it clear that the team’s successes in the Challenge Cup came from working together as a team instead of individual efforts.
The fitness and health student is looking forward to her next year with the team.
“Next year I plan on returning to the team and that will be my final year as a lady Shark,” said Young. “The first year was an amazing one so I'm hoping that next year will be even better. Next year I want to improve on building better relationships with the girls and get to know everyone.”
To read more on St. Lawrence’s victory at the Challenge Cup, take a look here: http://www.cornwallseawaynews.com/Sports/2014-03-29/article-3669502/Sharks-win-gold-when-it-counts/1