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PARK, Pa. - The Penn State women's gymnastics team took part in their practice
session at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex on Thursday, April 17. Head
coach Jeff Thompson and freshman Emma Sibson talked to GoPSUsports.com
following the team's tune-up.
By Tyler Feldman, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Riding the hot bat of
freshman Shelby Miller, the Nittany
Lions (14-23, 5-7 Big Ten) swept intrastate rival Bucknell (15-20, 7-5 Patriot
League) in Wednesday evening's doubleheader at Beard Field, 6-3 and 10-5. After
a slow start to the season, Penn State has now won eight of its last nine
know we can win now," said Miller. "We've seen that we can do it, and we're
one of the doubleheader, Penn State used a complete game performance by Marlaina Laubach to lead the Nittany
Lions to a 6-3 win.
went the distance, throwing 118 pitches, while allowing three runs, two earned.
The 5-foot-8 right-handed freshman walked just one batter and tied a
season-high with six strikeouts. She improved to 9-10 on the season and
recorded her eighth complete game of the year.
much more confident as a staff," said Laubach. "We all have a lot more
confidence in one another. When I'm on the mound, I go out and try to act the
most confident that I can."
offensive front, the Nittany Lions scored in all but one inning in the first
seventh, Miller was a perfect 3-for-3 at the dish, driving in one run and
kind of protecting her [Miller] down there," said first-year head coach Amanda Lehotak. "She's getting better
pitches. She's kind of our second leadoff to get that bottom of the order sparked
Blue and White carried the momentum into game two of the doubleheader, jumping
out to a 9-0 lead after just two innings of play.
two we attacked early, which was exactly what we wanted," said Lehotak. "The
top of the order really came out and followed the game plan to a 'T' and when
we do that we can put up 10 runs."
the first game, Miller was a big reason why Penn State was so dominant
offensively against the Bison. The second baseman went 2-for-3 with a triple
and four runs batted in.
just seeing it, and my biggest goal today was just, and every time I go up to
bat, was just to relax," said Miller. "Just take a couple deep breaths, go up
there, and do what I need to do."
the first game, however, the Nittany Lions used a trio of pitchers to get past
Bucknell. Christy Von Pusch, Marissa Diescher and Macy Jones took to the mound to combine
to give up five runs, three earned, on seven hits, five walks and six
ahead, the Nittany Lions host Big Ten foe Wisconsin this weekend for a
three-game series. Nevertheless, according to Lehotak, adjustments will need to
be made to get past the aggressive Badgers.
of the order has to get on," said Lehotak. "We have a couple big holes. We have
to take care of the ball defensively. Wisconsin is very aggressive. They are
very top heavy in the top of the order, batting average, numbers-wise. They
swing hard, and they're going to come right after us. Our pitching is going to
have to hit their spots. We have to keep limiting our walks."
By Michael Renahan, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
PARK, Pa. - It's very rare to see a transfer player come in and make an
immediate impact. They have to pick up a new system, develop new chemistry, and
understand what exactly it is that the players around them want to do.
is especially challenging in a sport like lacrosse, where you have to be on the
same page with your teammates on the field throughout the entire 60-minute
for junior-transfer Jess Loizeaux, the transition has been no problem.
a matter of fact, she has made the transition look easy and she has done it
very smoothly, and with her own style.
attacker is coming off an injury that caused her to miss her sophomore season
at Virginia, and so far she has thrived in her new offense with her new team.
like it more," she said. "It's really hard to be out for a full season with an
injury, mentally. It definitely messes with your mind. In the fall, it kind of
gave me that period to get back to playing full swing and in competition in the
fall ball games.
games is so much more fun for me. Just being able to compete and go to practice
everyday and compete is just so much fun. "
the Nittany Lions' 14 games this season, Loizeaux's consistent play has proven
to be invaluable, as she has become one of offensive leaders on this team.
Currently, she boasts a 12-game point streak and is sixth on the team in points.
her freshman season as a Cavalier, she scored eight times and assisted on three
goals. As a Nittany Lion, her production has nearly tripled as she has 18 goals
and 12 assists on the season.
Part of what has made her so effective in this offense is how well she has
gelled with the other girls in blue and white, and how her playing style is
very similar to the one head coach Missy Doherty has installed over her four
years at the helm.
the Mullica Hill, N.J., native has the ball in her stick, the aggression and
tenacity she displays is tremendous, but her intelligence also stands out. She
is always looking to get the ball to goal and beat the opposing goaltender. But
at the same time, Loizeaux is very selective with her shots and will always
pass up something forced for a better play.
style is similar to that of her teammates and the connection was instant from the
first moment they stepped on the field together.
really, really enjoy playing with Maggie [McCormick] and Mackenzie [Cyr],
especially on attack," Loizeaux said. "I think we all kind of play similar.
Everyone on the team is unselfish. No one is a ball-hog or anything like that.
It works really well with how I play.
like to get feeds inside and that kind of stuff. I think that our team all
plays very similar and we are all equally good and we are not selfish, so I
think I fit in pretty easily. But it was hard to get back into remembering how
to play the game and that sort of thing."
back on your feet and making an immediate impact is no easy task, as Loizeaux
will attest to, but so far so good for the New Nittany Lion.
and the Nittany Lions return to action when they welcome ALC rival Johns
Hopkins on Friday night for a pivotal game. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
By Gabrielle Richards, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - At the center of most gymnastics arenas and practice
facilities lies a blue, chalk dusted, white-tape-outlined, square area. In the
39-foot by 39-foot space, gymnasts combine tumbling, dance, and stunts, while
doing their best not to land, leap, or "stick it" out of bounds. For the Penn
State women's gymnastics team, this complex event secured its trip to the NCAA
Gymnastics, a sport that was once dominated by men, didn't officially
become an Olympic sport until 1924. Women were not allowed to compete in
Olympic gymnastics until 1928, where they were allowed to compete in only one
event. Floor performance was one of the last rotations added to the Olympic
slate of gymnastics events; women weren't allowed to compete in floor routines
Floor performance is the primary event where gymnasts are given a canvas
for artistic expression, a canvas that coaches Jeff and Rachelle Thompson allow
their gymnast to paint themselves.
"When we came to Penn State, we decided to take a backseat to the
choreographing of floor routines," Rachelle said. "We allow our girls to have
the most input in this event."
The Nittany Lions' first regular season meet of the 2013-'14 season was at
Iowa State, where the team scored 48.600 on floor. Over the course of the next
few meets, Penn State was improving dramatically in their overall floor scores.
"We didn't expect floor to become our best event," Rachelle said. "This has
always been an event that is unpredictable at the start of the season. Last
year we were really weak on floor, but this year, we planned ahead and got the
girls ready to compete on floor early."
The coaching philosophies of the Thompsons are unique; their primary focus
is building a community within their team. At the beginning of each season they
break the team up into event-based teams - floor, bar, beam and vault.
"This system allows for the girls to help each other," Rachelle said. "The
floor team developed sooner than any other team. I would have never guessed in
October that floor would be our strongest event, but it is.
There wasn't a meet all season that the Nittany Lions didn't improve on
floor. Their consistency and improvement on floor shined in the Feb. 15 meet
against No.15 Illinois. Penn State, who was ranked No. 21 at the time, was not
favored to win this meet. But, heading into the final rotation of the
competition, the Nittany Lions were tied with the Illini. The Thompsons and
their gymnasts left Rec Hall that day with a "W" and their highest floor score
of the season, 49.375.
Their fate at the NCAA Regional Championships wasn't much different; their
qualification to the NCAA Championships rested on their ability to "stick" a
near perfect floor rotation. And they did.
"That was a roller coaster of emotions," Rachelle said. "As a coach, I refused
to look at the score board. I wanted to stay in the moment and I wanted the
girls to stay in the moment. I know floor is our best event, but anything could
The Nittany Lions finished their floor rotation with a score of 49.425 and
secured their slot at the NCAA Championships.
"I am excited to see how we match up to the other schools of floor," senior
Lindsay Musgrove said. "At this meet [NCAA Championships] we start off the
competition on floor. I am hoping that that will get us on a good roll."
The Penn State women's gymnastics team was "Birmingham Bound" Tuesday night,
where the team will begin competition on Friday. This is the first time since
2009 that the team earned a spot at the NCAA Championships.
"Our message all year has been 'Just be us,'" Rachelle said. "When we
didn't advance last year, we asked the girls to buy into our new system and
they committed to it. We tell them all the time to stay present and if we can
do that in Alabama, the Super Six is in our reach. What we have accomplished
this season has raised the bar for Penn State gymnastics. This is what we do at
By Samantha DelRosso, GoPSUSports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- As freshmen in 2011, Penn State gymnasts Lindsay
Musgrove and Kassidy Stauder competed in their first collegiate gymnastics
competition in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Three years later, the two will return to the
southern state this weekend to compete in the NCAA Championships and their final
meet as Penn State gymnasts.
Appropriately, this week's Word of the Week is "Full Circle", which
attributes the seniors' journey starting and ending in Alabama.
The NCAA championship meet is the meet of all meets for collegiate
gymnastics teams. This meet is unlike any other. Musgrove is looking forward to
the championship atmosphere most.
"It's a completely different atmosphere. Thousands of people in the
stands, crazy lights, glow sticks and you get to compete on podium, which is a
big stage in front of the crowd" Musgrove said.
The second Word of the Week is "Us". The team is focusing on being
themselves and competing how they practice everyday.
"We are coming in [to practice] and knocking out routines every day, so
we just need to transfer that to the meet just like we did at Regionals and
have our best meet," Musgrove said. "We've [also] been focusing on not looking
at teams like Florida and Alabama and trying to be like them or be 'as good as
them'. Who we are at Penn State is good enough to run with those guys."
The Nittany Lions saw No. 1 Florida compete at Regionals just two weeks
ago and know that they can put up a fight against the Gators.
"Going into [Regionals] we knew they were ranked No. 1 and at the end of
the meet, finishing just three-tenths behind them just shows how good we are.
We have just as good of a chance as any other team to make it to Super Six,"
junior Randi Lau said.
Making it to Super Six means being a top six team on the first day of
the competition and competing in the second day of the event. The Nittany Lions
have never made it to the Super Six.
Penn State will start the competition this weekend on floor. Musgrove is
looking forward to this event most.
"We're ranked the ninth in the nation on floor. Ending on floor at
regionals, every single person hitting their routines, was so awesome,"
Musgrove said. "At this meet, we get to start on floor, so hopefully that will
get us on a good roll to finish out the whole meet."
This weekend, No. 15 Penn State will compete in the evening session on
Friday with No. 1 Florida, No. 4 Alabama, No. 5 Utah, No. 8 UCLA and No. 9
Nebraska. The Nittany Lions will begin with a bye, then proceed to the floor
exercise, followed by vault, another bye, uneven bars and finish with balance
The Big Ten has four teams competing this weekend (Penn State, Nebraska,
Illinois, Michigan). The Big Ten and the SEC have the most teams competing in
the 2014 Championships (Florida, Alabama, LSU, Georgia).
As this season comes to an end, the team is beginning to reflect on the
past season. At the end of the 2012-'13 season, coaches Jeff and Rachelle
Thompson devised a new plan for the team. The values and fundamentals of the
team were going to change for the upcoming season. The gymnasts had to sign on
to this new program, without knowing what was to come. Lau, who transferred
last year from LSU, said she had to buy in to the Thompson's program, but it
really paid off.
"The Thompsons really care about you on a personal level. I believe in
their program and what they think. Their coaching styles are so encouraging,"
Lau said. "I trusted them as coaches to know that their program would work and
it did. Here we are on the road to nationals."
The Blue and White's mission for the their first-ever trip to the Super
Six begins on Friday at 8 pm.
"This opportunity is so amazing and we made it all happen ourselves,"
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Head coach Coquese
Washington and the Lady Lion players met the media on Wednesday to review the
2013-'14 season. Penn State won its
third-straight Big Ten title and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the second time
in the past three seasons. Take a look.
Thibodeau, GoPSUsports.com Student
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Senior goalie Austin Kaut's monster game Saturday
night at Towson has given the Penn State defense just what they need to finish
the season strong - a boost in poise and tenacity.
"It really gives our guys a lot of confidence
defensively to know that Austin is going to make those saves," said assistant
coach Peter Toner. "That was a great boost for the defense and certainly a
great thing for him to find a groove.
Kaut rejected all 11 Tiger shots that came his way
en route to a dominant 8-1 Nittany Lion victory, which moved the team's record
to within one game of .500.
"It seemed like everywhere they shot the ball he
was a step or two ahead of them," Toner said.
The only Towson goal came with just over a minute
remaining after Kaut was pulled and replaced by freshman netminder Connor
Darcey. Although the defense was just a minute away from the program's first
shutout in almost 50 years, giving up that lone goal doesn't take away from
their dominant showing.
"It just seemed like we were always the aggressor
defensively whether it was defending the ball, sliding into a double team or
picking up ground balls," Toner said.
Kaut, 2013's NCAA goalie of the year, was
determined and focused last week in practice on finishing his senior season
"We come out and work as hard as we can and never
give up--that's our motto as a senior class," Kaut said.
The senior's showing on Saturday demonstrated that
playoffs or not--this team is still motivated and always hungry for a win.
"I think he just made a decision during the week
that he was going to take a step in the right direction and that's why he was
dominant Saturday night," Toner said.
Towson's offense, led by senior Thomas DeNapoli,
was denied three times in each of the first three quarters. The few times that
the Tiger attack broke through the Nittany Lion defense, Kaut was there to deny
"[DeNapoli] is definitely a catalyst to their
offense and Towson does a lot to move him around and get him shots," Toner
Senior defender Tyler Travis was matched up against
DeNapoli, which is a paring he has become familiar with. Travis has defended
the prolific Tiger attackman in multiple games over the last few seasons,
including last year's CAA championship loss.
"Tyler did a really good job on DeNapoli," Toner
said. "That's a matchup he's had the last couple of years and it was a big part
of our defensive game plan to stop DeNapoli. Tyler got a lot of help from the
guys around him."
The Blue and White are down to just two games left
on their 2014 slate--both of which will be CAA battles at home. When Delaware
and Towson come to Happy Valley the next two weekends, fans can expect to see a
focused, gameplan-oriented defense.
"As the year goes on it's good for these guys to
get some confidence and have a sound game plan going in," Toner said. "They've
done a very nice job of buying into finishing this season on a good note."
Faceoff against Delaware is set for 1 p.m. on
Saturday. The Blue Hens come into Happy Valley with a 6-7 overall record and a
0-3 mark in conference play. This will be the second-to-last CAA matchup for
the Nittany Lions before they join the Big Ten in 2015.
By Mike Esse, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
Ohio - It was a back and forth weekend between Ohio State and Penn State during
the Nittany Lions three game set in Columbus. After Penn State took game one of
the series, 5-4, in dramatic fashion, the Blue and White dropped the next two
games of the series, 7-0 and 12-6.
night Penn State held on to win the first-game of the series, 5-4, and led 4-0
after four innings of play. Jack Anderson was stellar out of the bullpen
throwing three shutout innings and recording five strikeouts for his fourth
save of the season.
coach Rob Cooper was pleased with his team's resiliency in series opener.
guys have been coming to the ballpark every day whether it's a practice or a
game and really making the choice to compete and play hard. They did that again
today [Friday]. Even when Ohio State chipped away at our lead and made it close
that [competitiveness] didn't change."
just as the scores indicated, Penn State's execution was back and forth on the
weekend. Saturday the Nittany Lions' went cold on all fronts, including at the
plate getting just four hits on the day, two of which came off of the bat of
redshirt sophomore Greg Guers.
Penn State was down in another deep hole, trailing 5-0 after three innings, but
then put up five unanswered runs to tie the game after five full innings of
Ryan Richter and Ryky Smith both had multi-hit games on a day where they were
put in the lineup for extended time in Big Ten play for the first time in 2014.
Richter got the start at third base and took advantage of the opportunity.
redshirt sophomore was 2-for-4 on the day with 3 RBI.
been waiting for the opportunity so I knew that if I went in there and played
hard things would go my way," Richter said.
received his chance in a little bit different of a fashion as he replaced
Sunday's starting second basemen Taylor Skerpon after he was injured sliding
back into first base in the second inning of the series finale. Cooper said
after Sunday's game he had been impressed with Smith's work ethic all season
long and wasn't surprised he had a big day.
Tuesday's game against West Virginia, Cooper heard Smith in the batting cages
getting swings after 10 p.m. continuing to work hard even though he wasn't
seeing much playing time. That work paid off Sunday as Smith had a career high
three hits in three at bats, scored two runs and had an RBI.
didn't really have time to put pressure on myself too much," Smith said of his
play off the bench. "I didn't put too much pressure on myself and didn't try to
do too much and that's why I felt good out there."
Saturday where Ohio State starting pitcher Greg Greve threw a complete game
shutout, Penn State fared well at the plate, despite leaving seven runners on
base on Sunday in a game where they had 13 hits.
Aside from Richter and Smith's huge offensive days Sunday, outfielder Steve
Snyder was 6-for-14 on the weekend upping his season batting average to .374
which is now good for third in the Big Ten.
Friday's win and Sunday's hitting performance is overshadowed in the minds of
the players by dropping the series to the Buckeyes. With that said though,
there is a lot for Penn State to take away from the road series moving into this
weekend's home conference series with Illinois.
pretty disappointed that we couldn't win the series, but we did some things
right. We need to remember that we did some things right offensively," Smith
said. "Limiting the mistakes [errors] is the key. They aren't huge mistakes but
they are little mistakes that add up so we need to clean up those little
mistakes and remember what we did well, too."
By Jackson Thibodeau, GoPSUsports.com
Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The 2013-14 Penn State women's hockey season was
monumental in numerous capacities. The young, aspiring program took leaps in
its second year of existence with numerous individual and team
accolades--displaying its inevitable destiny to grow in coming years.
"Our program has made tremendous steps since day one, both on and off the ice,"
said senior assistant captain Jenna Welch. "The opportunity of a lifetime lies
at our fingertips. I can see this program accomplishing something big in the
The Nittany Lions completed their inaugural season in Pegula Ice Arena with a
4-29-3 overall record and a 1-18-1 record in College Hockey America play.
Despite the uneven tilt in results, the Blue and White showed grittiness and
resilience throughout the season, providing promise for the future.
"There have been a lot of underclassmen stepping up as leaders and they're a
very hard working group of girls," said senior captain Taylor Gross. "I am very
confident in the girls on the team now and I am so excited to see them grow as
players and people even more than they already have."
The season officially came to a close for head coach Josh Brandwene's squad the
first weekend in March after the Lions were swept by RIT in the first round of
CHA playoffs. Just like many of the games throughout the regular season--the
Lions hung with their opponent until the final whistle in the playoffs.
At season's beginning in October, Penn State leaped out to a promising start.
With a tie and a win in the first weekend at Vermont, the team returned to
Pegula Ice Arena for an eight-game home stand to christen the state-of-the-art
facility and in the second ever women's hockey game in the new arena, Penn
State earned its first home win behind a third period power play goal from
freshman Laura Bowman.
Midway through the second full season of Division I play, the offense
hit a bit of a lull, but regained its stride in the tail part of the schedule.
"I think that our offense performed very well this year besides the drought in
the middle of the year," Gross said. "We improved throughout the entire year."
In all, 12 Nittany Lions registered a goal while 19 student-athletes tallied at
least one point. By far the most promising aspect of the offensive unit was the
production from younger players.
Bowman, a freshman, led the team in goals with 10 and ranked second with 16
points, earning her a spot on the CHA All-Rookie Team. Fellow freshman Amy
Petersen ties for fourth on the team with five goals and 15 points, with sophomore
Hannah Hoenshell leading the way in points for the Blue and White with 17.
Despite the success from the underclassmen, the senior leaders wished they had
seen even more from the whole team.
"For the most part I feel like we did a decent job [converting our scoring
chances], but we definitely could have capitalized on a few more opportunities
to bury the puck," Welch said. "Just watching the way we moved the puck in the playoffs
compared to the beginning of the season says a lot about the work ethic of our
team and coaching staff in trying to improve every day."
Defensively, Penn State displayed composure from top to bottom all year.
Graduate student Lindsay Reihl mentored freshman Kelly Seward throughout the
season as they challenged one another to become better overall players every
"Overall, our defense has a lot of depth," Gross said of her teammates.
The team totaled 594 blocked shots this season to help out goalkeepers Nicola
Paniccia and Celine Whitlinger. The nearly-600 blocks dwarfed the opponents'
total of 398. Seward led the way for the Blue and White with 57 blocks to her
name in a very impressive freshman season and her counterpart Reihl ranked
In Paniccia's senior campaign, she saved 773 shots while posting a .913 save
percentage in 22 starts. Oddly enough, Whitlinger's save percentage matches
that of her senior mentor as the sophomore turned away 559 opponent shots and
earned three of the team's four wins.
Sky's the Limit
The maturity and determination within this young team and even younger program
provides light for the future in Hockey Valley. Penn State was awarded the Team
Sportsmanship Award by the CHA at season's end while Gross earned the
Individual Sportsmanship Award in the conference.
Players and coaches will look back at monumental events like move-in day to
Pegula Ice Arena, the first game in the 'New Den' and a record-breaking crowd in
the Lions' Skate for the Cure game. All of these point towards a bright future
for the second year program.
"I will always be so appreciative of the opportunity to have played at this
amazing university," Welch said. "The experience I
had here has helped build me into the person I am today, and is one I
will remember for the rest of my life. I encourage the girls to always remember
how blessed they are to have this opportunity and enjoy every second of
being at Penn State."
By Julie Bacanskas, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
PARK, Pa. - Starting the season 0-6 in the Big Ten, few believed
Penn State would achieve success in the conference. Nevertheless, after two strong away series,
the Nittany Lions are proving they can and will compete.
Grabbing two wins from the three roads games against
Indiana this weekend, the team once again stayed calm, collected, and focused
during high-pressure situations.
The Lions' emerged victoriously in games one and two of
the series, winning 4-1 and 2-1 respectively.
The team's sole weekend loss came on Sunday afternoon during an extra
innings battle in which it ultimately fell to the Hoosiers 8-7.
While Sunday's outcome was a huge disappointment to the
team, as it snapped their 6-game winning streak, the Lions and head coach Amanda Lehotak were ecstatic about
their overall weekend performance.
Lehotak attributes her team's recently elevated play to an
increase in confidence, which she believes is highly important and beneficial
in all aspects of the game. Additionally,
the head coach felt the pitching staff "had probably the best weekend they've
had all year" and felt all members of the team registered quality at-bats.
Sitting at 5-7 in the conference, Lehotak likes where her
team is at right now, but what she likes even more is where they are headed.
"To me, it says the team is mentally tough, that they are
resilient, and that they get the big picture," said Lehotak of the team's much
improved Big Ten record. "Those first
two weekends were arguably against the two best teams in the conference right
now, and we knew we just had to get through that. We got through that, and we have a lot of
winnable games coming up. We just felt
resilient, and as long as we kept playing our game, we could compete with
anybody. That's what they're doing, and
they're crawling their way back into the Big Ten, so I'm happy for them."
Key to the Lions' climb back up the Big Ten standings is
senior Kasie Hatfield. Batting .354, she constantly and consistently
produces offensively for her team. This
weekend was no different.
Hatfield went three-for-three in Friday's game,
registering her first homerun of the year.
She then followed her spectacular game one performance with two hits in
both games two and three. Throughout the
entirety of the weekend, the senior also drove in seven of the Nittany Lions'
13 total runs.
In addition to these impressive statistics, the Florida
native also left a more permanent mark on Penn State softball.
Sunday afternoon, Hatfield recorded her 12th
double of the season, which earns her recognition in the Penn State record
books. She is now listed ninth on the
single season doubles list.
"She was just Mrs. Clutch all weekend," said Lehotak with
regards to Hatfield's performance. "I
mean, every time she came up, you just felt she had an opportunity to get a hit
and have a great at-bat, which is what she did.
Her pitch selection was good. She
was attacking early in the count. She
just had a great weekend."
Although the Hoosiers' ran away with the Sunday afternoon
win, the Lions are staying positive and confident in their playing
abilities. Looking ahead, the team knows
and fully understands that its schedule will be challenging, but this more
favorable mindset and outlook will take them far against these future opponents.
"They have the belief that they can win, the belief they
can compete with anybody, the belief that they can compete at a high level day
in and day out," Lehotak said of the team.
"I really think, hopefully, we just keep getting better and better."