March 13, 2013 by conteconfidential
Haley Skarupa has already accumulated a remarkable list of accolades during her freshman campaign on the Boston College women’s ice hockey team. A six-time Rookie of the Week honoree, she tallied 50 points during the regular season, which earned her a spot on the Hockey East All-Rookie Team along with classmates Dana Trivigno and Lexi Bender. An impressive 37 of those points came during conference play, shattering former Eagle Kelli Stack’s record from 2006. And, because of her impressive and consistent play throughout the season, she was named the Hockey East’s Rookie of the Year. As the Eagles gear up for the start of the NCAA Tournament, Conte Confidential talked to Skarupa about the upcoming game against Harvard, life as a rookie, her early years in hockey and her experience playing abroad before college.
1) Coming off of a tough loss to Northeastern in the Hockey East tournament over the weekend, how are you and your teammates planning to bounce back and prepare for this weekend’s NCAA Tournament game?
It was a tough loss against Northeastern this past weekend, but we are putting that game behind us and using it as a motivation going forward. We’ve learned from it and know what we have to do for this weekend’s NCAA game.
2) You’ve faced Harvard once already this season. Did that game give you any insight that will help in preparing for Saturday?
Our win against Harvard during the Beanpot has given us a feel of what kind of team we are playing and has also shown us that we can beat them again. Harvard is a great team so we are ready to come out flying.
3) Do you think that playing at home in the first round makes a difference?
It is always great to play at home on our own ice. It’s a great atmosphere to play in, and I think that will help us.
4) Have the older players given you any advice about playing in your first NCAA Tournament?
The upperclassmen have been amazing all season long helping us younger players adjust to the team and everything else. They have used their experiences to let us know what it feels like to play in these big games. I have definitely learned that playoff and NCAA Tournament games are not the same as the regular season. Everyone brings it up to whole new levels, which is awesome.
5) Has your first season been what you expected so far? Were there any pleasant surprises or unexpected challenges?
I was not completely sure about what to expect for my first season at Boston College, but so far this season has well exceeded a lot of my expectations. It has been so much fun so far. Of course it has had its ups and downs, but overall it has been a journey I’ll never forget. I have learned so much this season.
Haley Skarupa finished second on the team in goals (23) and points (50) (photo credit: John Quackenbos, courtesy of Boston College Media Relations)
6) You were named the Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Year at last weekend’s Hockey East awards banquet. What does that honor mean to you?
Being named Hockey East Rookie of the Year was a tremendous honor. It was a great feeling, but I know it would not have been possible without the support from my teammates and coaches.
7) How does it feel to break a Hockey East record for points in league play during a rookie season?
I was actually unaware I had broken that record until they said it at the banquet. It’s a pretty cool feeling, though.
8) Can you describe your experience traveling across the country and abroad to play for Team USA in the Women’s World Championships in 2010, 2011 and 2012?
Traveling across the country and abroad to play for Team USA is an unbelievable experience. It has made me enjoy and appreciate traveling because I probably would not have chosen to travel as much as I have if it weren’t for hockey. It’s always an honor playing for Team USA, and I have met a lot of interesting and incredible people traveling around the country and world. I always find the different cultures in other countries to be very fascinating, and I enjoy learning about the different countries I have traveled to.
9) When did you start playing hockey? Do you have a favorite memory from your first few years?
I started playing hockey when I was around five or six years old. I played roller hockey before ice hockey and one of my most vivid memories is playing roller hockey outside with my brother and neighbors for countless hours a day. Scoring on my brother and his friends was always a highlight because it didn’t happen very often.
10) What is it like having a brother at BC and parents who are alumni? Did you always know you wanted to attend school here?
Since my parents are alumni, I had been to the school a lot when I was younger to go to hockey and football games. I loved the campus and atmosphere from the beginning so I had always considered BC as an option. It was interesting visiting other schools during the decision-making process, but BC was always in the back of my mind.
11) What is your dream spring break destination?
My dream spring break destination is somewhere I have already been to a couple of times—the Atlantis at the Bahamas. Doesn’t get much better than that.
12) What one word would you use to describe the team’s state of mind going into this weekend’s game?
Interview by Lizzy Bayoff