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Flarrow
11-04-2010, 12:42 PM
I didn't want to be the one to start this; maybe no one else is watching, maybe no one else cares. Many of you know Union as an opponent. Some of us root for them from the stands as our team. I've watched them on the ice; below are some stats from the beginning of this season: they're hard to look at too.
For the life of me, I can't see what the coach is doing. Does any one know if she got just a one year extension, or are we going to have to keep watching this team suffer? I don't blame the players.

from CollegeHockeyStats
GA GF
Northeastern 3, Union 2 � OT
UNI (-): 17,3,9,8,12, G35 UNI (+):15,12,22,17,7,G35
UNI (-):22, 12,7,15,13, G35 UNI (+):24,18,27,3,4,G35
UNI (-):17,15,12,22,19, G35 (OT)

Boston University 6, Union 2
UNI (-):10,17, 24,16,3, G29
UNI (-):5,12, 17,19,9, G29 UNI (+):21,3,8,9,17,G29
UNI: 19,16,15,27, G29 PP
UNI: 19,22,27,15, G29 PP UNI (+):4,27,5,23,19,G29
UNI (-):15,12,7,22,13, G29
UNI: 10,7,27,16, G35 PP

Union 3, Sacred Heart 0
UNI (+):23,7,26,5,27,G35
UNI (+):16,19,10,13,4,G35
UNI (+):16,10,7,19,G35 SH
New Hampshire 4, Union 1
UNI (-):10, 17,4,22, 7 G35
UNI (-):13,15, 19,22,12, G35
UNI: 8,10,19, G35 2PP UNI (+):9,19,5,24,17,G35
UNI (-):19,17, 24,5,9,15 empty (19:59)

Syracuse 3, Union 1
UNI (-):5,26,17,19,4, G35
UNI (-):19,9, 24, 8,13, G35 UNI (+):22,10,19,12,17,G35
UNI (-):26,17,19,5,9,16 empty(19:24)

Syracuse 5, Union 0
UNI (-):10, 8, 9,27, 7, G35
UNI: 15, 5,27, 8, G35 PP
UNI: 17,12,7, 22, G35 PP
UNI (-):13,19, 22,12,15, G35
UNI na

Clarkson 3, Union 0
UNI (-):8, 9, 21,19,17, G29
UNI: 15, 19, 17, 10, G29 PP
UNI (-):16, 5, 7, 13,10, G29

St. Lawrence 1, Union 0
UNI (-):16, 22,7,13, 5, G35 (19:49 2nd period)

Roster:
LW 16 Lauren Hoffman 0-0-0 2/-1
C 5 Kelly Alyea 0-0-0 1/-1
RW 12 Rhianna Kurio 0-0-0 6/E
LW 10 Lauren Cromartie 0-0-0 0/E
C 15 Callee Heywood 0-0-0 1/E
RW 26 Stefanie Thomson 0-0-0 2/E
LW 22 Emma Rambo 0-0-0 1/-1
C 18 Taylor Purvis 0-0-0 1/E
RW 24 Elsa Bruestle 0-0-0 2/E
LW 9 �milie Arseneault 0-0-0 1/E
C 8 Marissa Gentile 0-0-0 0/E
RW 23 Jeannie Sabourin 0-0-0 0/E
LW 21 Molly Kate Devin 0-1-1 0/+1
LW 4 Nicole Bartlett 1-0-1 3/+1
LD 17 Ashley Johnston 0-0-0 1/E
RD 19 Chelsey Heinhuis 0-0-0 2/E
LD 27 Dania Simmonds 0-0-0 3/E
RD 3 Kayleigh Melia 0-0-0 0/E
LD 13 Maddy Norton 0-0-0 3/-1
RD 7 Perri Maduri 0-0-0 1/-1
G 29 Alana Marcinko
G 35 Kate Gallagher

(Overall|Conference)
Special Teams
| P P Penalty Kill Combined PPC/G | P P Penalty Kill Combined PPC/G
Union|0/33 .000 21/28 .750 21/61 .344 4.1 | 0/6 .000 1/2 .500 1/8 .125 3.0
Opp |7/28 .250 33/33 1.00 40/61 .656 3.5 | 1/ 2 .500 6/ 6 1.00 7/8 .875 1.0
------------------------------------|----------------------------------------------|-----------------
Scoring/Shots (Conference)
1st 2nd 3rd OT TOT | 1st 2nd 3rd OT // SOG 1st 2nd 3rd OT TOT |
Union 1 6 2 0 9 | 44 70 77 1 192 // 10 14 19 0 43
Opp 7 11 6 1 25 | 106 101 67 3 277 // 36 29 26 0 91
Diff -6 -5 -4 -1 -16 | -62 -31 +10 -2 -85 // -26 -15 -7 +0 -48
------------------------------------|----------------------------------------------|-----------------
Game Averages (Conference)
| G/GM A/GM PTS/G SOG/G PEN/G PIM/G PPG/G
Union 0.00 0.00 0.00 21.5 1.0 2.0 0.0
Opp 2.00 3.00 5.00 45.5 3.0 6.0 0.5
Diff -2.00 -3.00 -5.00 -24.0 -2.0 -4.0 -0.5
------------------------------------|----------------------------------------------|-----------------
Captains: Perri Maduri, Marissa Gentile
Head Coach: Claudia Asano (Harvard '99)
Career Record (Entering 2010-2011): 10-84-6 (.130) (4 Seasons)
Record at Union (Entering 2010-2011): 10-84-6 (.130) (4 Seasons)
Assistant Coach: Ali Boe (Harvard '06)
Assistant Coach: Julie Chu (Harvard '07) [I was really hoping that this addition might make a difference--remember when the late George Morrison was on board? Assano needs all the help she can get. Game One looked hopeful. But since then?...]
Comments?:confused:

Wholin1
11-04-2010, 12:50 PM
I know very little about women's college hockey but as a fan of the Union men's team, I do sort of keep tabs on the women's efforts or should I say struggles. I have no idea if their problems are coaching issues, but I tend to doubt it. My suspicion is that they just have not been able to attract good enough players, and believe me, this is not intended as a slight against any of the team's current players. I am guessing that the player pool for women is a lot shallower than for the men as there are no junior programs, are there? It does seem that the team is getting to be somewhat more competitive, but it obviously isn't translating into W's.

OnMAA
11-04-2010, 12:59 PM
I know very little about women's college hockey but as a fan of the Union men's team, I do sort of keep tabs on the women's efforts or should I say struggles. I have no idea if their problems are coaching issues, but I tend to doubt it. My suspicion is that they just have not been able to attract good enough players, and believe me, this is not intended as a slight against any of the team's current players. I am guessing that the player pool for women is a lot shallower than for the men as their are no junior programs, are there? It does seem that the team is getting to be somewhat more competitive, but it obviously isn't translating into W's.

Union is one of the few D1 schools in womens hockey not offering any scholarships.This puts them at a big disadvantage compared to most schools on the recruiting front. While the Ivies don't offer scholarships either, they tend to attract better recruits than Union by virtue of their academic/school name attraction. Union is much more competitive now than they were in most years past. Just last year they recorded their first ever ECAC win.

Wholin1
11-04-2010, 01:02 PM
Union is one of the few D1 schools in womens hockey not offering any scholarships.This puts them at a big disadvantage compared to most schools on the recruiting front. While the Ivies don't offer scholarships either, they tend to attract better recruits than Union by virtue of their academic/school name attraction. Union is much more competitive now than they were in most years past. Just last year they recorded their first ever ECAC win.
I am sure what you are saying is correct. I can only point to the men's team which has always faced the same problems you cite. In the men's case Coach Leaman and his staff have done an incredible recruiting job. I'm guessing it's even tougher with the women's program.

WCHFan
11-04-2010, 05:46 PM
I've heard girls that have been recruited by Union With academic and financial aid pay less than 5k or less a year to attend a 50k school. I'm sure they would find a way to have a girl play for free.

ARM
11-04-2010, 06:56 PM
Assistant Coach: Julie Chu (Harvard '07) [I was really hoping that this addition might make a difference...It probably will over time, but there is only so much any assistant coach can do in a month. Remember that when Asano took over, this team was at the very bottom of the talent pool. Reversing that takes time, particularly if many of the factors that caused the talent to be less than that of the competition in the first place are still present.

Shotblocker
11-06-2010, 12:20 AM
It probably will over time, but there is only so much any assistant coach can do in a month. Remember that when Asano took over, this team was at the very bottom of the talent pool. Reversing that takes time, particularly if many of the factors that caused the talent to be less than that of the competition in the first place are still present.

I believe that the real problem is that MOST players just don't get it! It is FAR better to be a big fish in a small pool than a big fish in a big pool! To much is placed on winning rather than making a difference and playing! I for one would rather play for a team like UNION and fight rather than play for one of the ALWAYS winning team/programs and just be another good player on a great team! And the other thing is that you can get a GREAT education at UNION so why just buy into the schools name and the teams record? Try going to a place and make a difference!

Trillium
11-07-2010, 12:15 PM
I believe that the real problem is that MOST players just don't get it! It is FAR better to be a big fish in a small pool than a big fish in a big pool! To much is placed on winning rather than making a difference and playing! I for one would rather play for a team like UNION and fight rather than play for one of the ALWAYS winning team/programs and just be another good player on a great team! And the other thing is that you can get a GREAT education at UNION so why just buy into the schools name and the teams record? Try going to a place and make a difference!

I agree...Union is an excellent school, unlike some of the D1 programs that field winning teams. A good player for Union will get alot of playing time, and make a big impact, whereas in some other programs they might rarely see the ice.

I am sure it must be frustrating for both players and fans of Union to be constantly on the losing end of the scoreboard, but this program has actually come a long way in the past 3 years. Kudos for two VERY close games against quality opposition this weekend. You should be proud.

OnMAA
11-07-2010, 12:19 PM
I believe that the real problem is that MOST players just don't get it! It is FAR better to be a big fish in a small pool than a big fish in a big pool! To much is placed on winning rather than making a difference and playing! I for one would rather play for a team like UNION and fight rather than play for one of the ALWAYS winning team/programs and just be another good player on a great team! And the other thing is that you can get a GREAT education at UNION so why just buy into the schools name and the teams record? Try going to a place and make a difference!

Great post, and 100% agree.

OnMAA
11-07-2010, 12:22 PM
I agree...Union is an excellent school, unlike some of the D1 programs that field winning teams. A good player for Union will get alot of playing time, and make a big impact, whereas in some other programs they might rarely see the ice.

I am sure it must be frustrating for both players and fans of Union to be constantly on the losing end of the scoreboard, but this program has actually come a long way in the past 3 years. Kudos for two VERY close games against quality opposition this weekend. You should be proud.

Yes agree 100%, on both the academic side and the improvements side. A few years ago this team would routinely lose big time, unless the goalie stood on her head. While they are not yet winning a lot of games, they are in many games, as this weekend's results show. The W's will come if this trend continues. Good luck to the Union Team the rest of the way this year.

mattj711
11-07-2010, 02:16 PM
Yes agree 100%, on both the academic side and the improvements side. A few years ago this team would routinely lose big time, unless the goalie stood on her head. While they are not yet winning a lot of games, they are in many games, as this weekend's results show. The W's will come if this trend continues. Good luck to the Union Team the rest of the way this year.

I have to agree with both Trillium and OnMAA. Union has improved a lot over the past couple of years and become much more competative.

Hux
11-08-2010, 02:36 PM
Yes agree 100%, on both the academic side and the improvements side. A few years ago this team would routinely lose big time, unless the goalie stood on her head. While they are not yet winning a lot of games, they are in many games, as this weekend's results show. The W's will come if this trend continues. Good luck to the Union Team the rest of the way this year.

I have to agree. While the "results" don't show in the win column, the scores are a pretty good indicator of the progress Coach Asano is making. Next season they have a blue chip goalie recruit and will likely attract a few other top level players.

Flarrow
11-11-2010, 12:09 PM
Thanks for all the responses!
Wholin1…Youre a big fan on the men’s side, so I ask: When you say “I have no idea if their problems are coaching issues, but I tend to doubt it. My suspicion is that they just have not been able to attract good enough players…” , and “I can only point to the men's … case Coach Leaman and his staff have done an incredible recruiting job. I'm guessing it's even tougher with the women's program”, what factor is the athletic director if one team (men) can successfully recruit, and the other team (women) can’t? Isn’t that one of the main jobs of the coach?

[OnMaa: You say "Union is one of the few D1 schools in womens hockey not offering any scholarships. …While the Ivies don't offer scholarships either, they tend to attract better recruits than Union by virtue of their academic/school name attraction." You clearly know that in the ECAC, scholarships (or lack thereof) aren’t the problem. But I'll ask you about “Union is much more competitive now than they were in most years past. Just last year they recorded their first ever ECAC win”: How are they ‘more competitive? One win? Are you watching the games on the ice, or the stats on the books?

WCHF: “I've heard girls that have been recruited by Union With academic and financial aid pay less than 5k or less a year to attend a 50k school. I'm sure they would find a way to have a girl play for free.“ For international recruits the financial packages might be attractive, because the rules are different, but we’ll never know because of financial privacy rules, and we don’t have the right to know the details anyway. But for US recruits, I’m pretty sure that none of the young women are ‘playing for free’, or for less than $5K/yr. They’re paying for a Union education, perhaps with financial aid packages/loans; maybe you’re right, they playing for free, but that’s only because they’re playing without financial reward.

ARM—thanks for joining this thread. Re: Chu. “It probably will over time, but there is only so much any assistant coach can do in a month.” Assano’s in her fourth year. “Remember that when Asano took over, this team was at the very bottom of the talent pool. ” The team may have been at the bottom of the ECAC standings, but the players weren’t at the bottom of the talent pool. Assano came onto the scene with several very good offense and defense players, but she didn’t show any evidence of knowing how to come into a team as a new coach and motivate the players already there. She also had the benefit of Gerrish’s final gift—Day was there before she got there. “Reversing that takes time, particularly if many of the factors that caused the talent to be less than that of the competition in the first place are still present.” My point was the presence of Morrison showed almost immediately in the way the players moved on the ice and in their attitudes. There was a “Finally we have a coach who knows how to coach” change in the way they played the game. When Chu came on board, I was hopeful, and this year’s first game appeared to show a similar change on the ice, but it’s been backwards since then.

Two days later
A new voice to me, shotblocker: “I for one would rather play for a team like UNION and fight rather than play for one of the ALWAYS winning team/programs and just be another good player on a great team! And the other thing is that you can get a GREAT education at UNION so why just buy into the schools name and the teams record? Try going to a place and make a difference!” I absolutely agree. And that was one of the MAJOR recruiting points that Gerrish used to make—come to Union and help us transform the team from DIII to DI. He said upfront that it’d be a long hard road, that the transitional players would likely graduate before they saw the transition completed, and that they might play their hearts out and still lose, but that they’d know they were contributing to a very hard change of divisional play.…but he, and those interim players, got thrown under the bus, for what? Assano's transformative powers? Yes, Gerrish had his problems, with assistant coaches and with players, but he also had great success with each of those groups as well. I hope he’s holding his head high regarding his Union years. But Assano recruits from just a few programs she seems to know, often taking smaller players recovering from injuries. When the defense needed rebuilding, she recruited forwards. When she needed a goalie to rreplaced Day-we're told by Hux that's still down the raod.Yes, there are a few really good players on the team now, but she hasn’t shown she has the team building skills to make use of them.

And in the next two days, the big fish jump in the little pool— Trillium and Hux
Trillium: I agree with ”Union is an excellent school, unlike some of the D1 programs that field winning teams.” but not with “A good player for Union will get alot of playing time, and make a big impact, whereas in some other programs they might rarely see the ice.” That’s what I see as one of Assano’s big problems: she thinks one of her ‘good players’ will make her career turn around, and she sticks with lines far too long, apparently because she thinks hockey is a game of players only, and not lines, and routine playing strategies, well executed. And, I suppose like many new coaches, if she thinks a player is NOT one of her good players, that player is dead to her, and the team. “this program has actually come a long way in the past 3 years. Kudos for two VERY close games against quality opposition this weekend. You should be proud.” Yeah, of course be proud of two close losses, but I just don’t see your “long way”. They can't break the puck out of the defense zone…they fail to make repeated movement on the puck (passing)...and far too often the team lacks the discipline to avoid penalties (we won’t go into the ‘too many men’ coaches’ penalties) …they remain weak in executing special team play….and, again, Assano doesn’t appear to know how to COACH a team through these needs.

OnMaa returns: Re: shotblocker: I comment above. Re: trillium:. You add “A few years ago this team would routinely lose big time, unless the goalie stood on her head.” Lundy Day moved from Maine, where she was the extra goalie, to Union, and finally got the chance to show, game after game, what a great goalie she was. Those were Assano’s first contract years, and the change in stat records during Day’s career (and Assano had other goalies on the bench that did perform on Day’s off days) cannot be denied. But anyone who watched those games to watch the team and not just the goalie cringed as the defense repeatedly could not get the puck out of the zone---the opposing team, game after game, would regain possession while still in their offensive zone, shoot again and again, lose it, and regain it again for more shots before the puck was finally cleared. Look at the SOGs that Day rejected. And during those first three years, far too often, the offense was one player’s rush down the ice, a shot, and then it was another series of shots on Day. Assano could not achieve any sort of team offense. And I'm afraid that persists this year. But your optimism prompts: “While they are not yet winning a lot of games, they are in many games, as this weekend's results show. The W's will come if this trend continues.” Yes, they are scoring, but look at the SOG stats. If these continue, the season has no sign of a change of team playing trends, just change of shot differential, which means nothing, if the other teams get just one more goals. You end with “Good luck to the Union Team the rest of the way this year.” --Youbetcha.

[Hi mattj711—good to hear from you too. “I have to agree with both Trillium and OnMAA. Union has improved a lot over the past couple of years and become much more competative.” So you say. But Matt, show me where you see this lot of improvement and much more competitive play. I can’t see it from the stands, nor from the stats. I’d love to see the '10-'11 Union team play against the, say, '08-'09 Union team….it’d probably be a close game, with Day providing the win! I really don’t think there’d be a huge difference between the two Assano teams.

And finally, dear ol’ Hux weighs in…thanks for joining this thread. Re: OnMaa “I have to agree. While the "results" don't show in the win column, the scores are a pretty good indicator of the progress Coach Asano is making.” Scores, s’mores. I’ve seen nothing so far that shows progress on the part of this still-rookie coach, just some good individual offensive shots, that resulted in closer scores than previous years—but the (little) scoring is so spread out across players, and across time (look how many periods go by without a scoring shot, how many minutes go by without any shots). “Next season they have a blue chip goalie recruit and will likely attract a few other top level players”. Since you seem to continue to have an inside line on what’s happening at Union, can’t you please answer my original question: Did Assano get a one- or three- year contract renewal? And please, if you hear anything about COACH RECUITING SUCCESS coming down the line at Union, let us know!. Thanks.

And thanks to all of you who wrote or read this thread. Let’s go U!

Shotblocker
11-11-2010, 08:10 PM
Thanks for all the responses!
Wholin1Youre a big fan on the mens side, so I ask: When you say I have no idea if their problems are coaching issues, but I tend to doubt it. My suspicion is that they just have not been able to attract good enough players , and I can only point to the men's case Coach Leaman and his staff have done an incredible recruiting job. I'm guessing it's even tougher with the women's program, what factor is the athletic director if one team (men) can successfully recruit, and the other team (women) cant? Isnt that one of the main jobs of the coach?

[OnMaa: You say "Union is one of the few D1 schools in womens hockey not offering any scholarships. While the Ivies don't offer scholarships either, they tend to attract better recruits than Union by virtue of their academic/school name attraction." You clearly know that in the ECAC, scholarships (or lack thereof) arent the problem. But I'll ask you about Union is much more competitive now than they were in most years past. Just last year they recorded their first ever ECAC win: How are they more competitive? One win? Are you watching the games on the ice, or the stats on the books?

WCHF: I've heard girls that have been recruited by Union With academic and financial aid pay less than 5k or less a year to attend a 50k school. I'm sure they would find a way to have a girl play for free. For international recruits the financial packages might be attractive, because the rules are different, but well never know because of financial privacy rules, and we dont have the right to know the details anyway. But for US recruits, Im pretty sure that none of the young women are playing for free, or for less than $5K/yr. Theyre paying for a Union education, perhaps with financial aid packages/loans; maybe youre right, they playing for free, but thats only because theyre playing without financial reward.

ARMthanks for joining this thread. Re: Chu. It probably will over time, but there is only so much any assistant coach can do in a month. Assanos in her fourth year. Remember that when Asano took over, this team was at the very bottom of the talent pool. The team may have been at the bottom of the ECAC standings, but the players werent at the bottom of the talent pool. Assano came onto the scene with several very good offense and defense players, but she didnt show any evidence of knowing how to come into a team as a new coach and motivate the players already there. She also had the benefit of Gerrishs final giftDay was there before she got there. Reversing that takes time, particularly if many of the factors that caused the talent to be less than that of the competition in the first place are still present. My point was the presence of Morrison showed almost immediately in the way the players moved on the ice and in their attitudes. There was a Finally we have a coach who knows how to coach change in the way they played the game. When Chu came on board, I was hopeful, and this years first game appeared to show a similar change on the ice, but its been backwards since then.

Two days later
A new voice to me, shotblocker: I for one would rather play for a team like UNION and fight rather than play for one of the ALWAYS winning team/programs and just be another good player on a great team! And the other thing is that you can get a GREAT education at UNION so why just buy into the schools name and the teams record? Try going to a place and make a difference! I absolutely agree. And that was one of the MAJOR recruiting points that Gerrish used to makecome to Union and help us transform the team from DIII to DI. He said upfront that itd be a long hard road, that the transitional players would likely graduate before they saw the transition completed, and that they might play their hearts out and still lose, but that theyd know they were contributing to a very hard change of divisional play.but he, and those interim players, got thrown under the bus, for what? Assano's transformative powers? Yes, Gerrish had his problems, with assistant coaches and with players, but he also had great success with each of those groups as well. I hope hes holding his head high regarding his Union years. But Assano recruits from just a few programs she seems to know, often taking smaller players recovering from injuries. When the defense needed rebuilding, she recruited forwards. When she needed a goalie to rreplaced Day-we're told by Hux that's still down the raod.Yes, there are a few really good players on the team now, but she hasnt shown she has the team building skills to make use of them.

And in the next two days, the big fish jump in the little pool Trillium and Hux
Trillium: I agree with Union is an excellent school, unlike some of the D1 programs that field winning teams. but not with A good player for Union will get alot of playing time, and make a big impact, whereas in some other programs they might rarely see the ice. Thats what I see as one of Assanos big problems: she thinks one of her good players will make her career turn around, and she sticks with lines far too long, apparently because she thinks hockey is a game of players only, and not lines, and routine playing strategies, well executed. And, I suppose like many new coaches, if she thinks a player is NOT one of her good players, that player is dead to her, and the team. this program has actually come a long way in the past 3 years. Kudos for two VERY close games against quality opposition this weekend. You should be proud. Yeah, of course be proud of two close losses, but I just dont see your long way. They can't break the puck out of the defense zonethey fail to make repeated movement on the puck (passing)...and far too often the team lacks the discipline to avoid penalties (we wont go into the too many men coaches penalties) they remain weak in executing special team play.and, again, Assano doesnt appear to know how to COACH a team through these needs.

OnMaa returns: Re: shotblocker: I comment above. Re: trillium:. You add A few years ago this team would routinely lose big time, unless the goalie stood on her head. Lundy Day moved from Maine, where she was the extra goalie, to Union, and finally got the chance to show, game after game, what a great goalie she was. Those were Assanos first contract years, and the change in stat records during Days career (and Assano had other goalies on the bench that did perform on Days off days) cannot be denied. But anyone who watched those games to watch the team and not just the goalie cringed as the defense repeatedly could not get the puck out of the zone---the opposing team, game after game, would regain possession while still in their offensive zone, shoot again and again, lose it, and regain it again for more shots before the puck was finally cleared. Look at the SOGs that Day rejected. And during those first three years, far too often, the offense was one players rush down the ice, a shot, and then it was another series of shots on Day. Assano could not achieve any sort of team offense. And I'm afraid that persists this year. But your optimism prompts: While they are not yet winning a lot of games, they are in many games, as this weekend's results show. The W's will come if this trend continues. Yes, they are scoring, but look at the SOG stats. If these continue, the season has no sign of a change of team playing trends, just change of shot differential, which means nothing, if the other teams get just one more goals. You end with Good luck to the Union Team the rest of the way this year. --Youbetcha.

[Hi mattj711good to hear from you too. I have to agree with both Trillium and OnMAA. Union has improved a lot over the past couple of years and become much more competative. So you say. But Matt, show me where you see this lot of improvement and much more competitive play. I cant see it from the stands, nor from the stats. Id love to see the '10-'11 Union team play against the, say, '08-'09 Union team.itd probably be a close game, with Day providing the win! I really dont think thered be a huge difference between the two Assano teams.

And finally, dear ol Hux weighs inthanks for joining this thread. Re: OnMaa I have to agree. While the "results" don't show in the win column, the scores are a pretty good indicator of the progress Coach Asano is making. Scores, smores. Ive seen nothing so far that shows progress on the part of this still-rookie coach, just some good individual offensive shots, that resulted in closer scores than previous yearsbut the (little) scoring is so spread out across players, and across time (look how many periods go by without a scoring shot, how many minutes go by without any shots). Next season they have a blue chip goalie recruit and will likely attract a few other top level players. Since you seem to continue to have an inside line on whats happening at Union, cant you please answer my original question: Did Assano get a one- or three- year contract renewal? And please, if you hear anything about COACH RECUITING SUCCESS coming down the line at Union, let us know!. Thanks.

And thanks to all of you who wrote or read this thread. Lets go U!

I heard that Claudia got a 4 year renewal!

OnMAA
11-13-2010, 09:29 AM
Flarrow....You sound frustrated, but all folks i've talked all say Union is much improved. Like with any building program, changes do not occurr overnight, and as I said before Union has more challenges than most school recruiting.

As far as you lamenting them always being badly outshot......... They outshot Brown last night and gained a tie in the process. I'd say that is a step in the positive direction.

benchmom
01-05-2011, 09:22 PM
Union college is a great school and good place to play hockey if you are a player who wants to get on the ice and contribute toward the building of a successful team. There is also the opportunity to watch much high quality men's hockey being played. Perhaps one of the biggest advantages of Union is it's central location. The team can travel to most of their games in a bus trip of a couple of hours. Please advise any big, high scoring forwards who are looking at D1 schools to give Union a look especially if they want to make a difference on a team. Only time will tell.

Hockey 1st
01-12-2011, 09:25 AM
I also believe that Union Women's Hockey Program has gotten better and the recruiting done over the past few years is starting to show better. Yes some smaller skill players,some bigger fwds and some other bigger Defense players have joined. It takes all kinds to build a team. I also believe that the coaches are doing a good job with the players and the team. Keep believing! For Flarrow you could always take your daughter to play for Wisconsin????

Wholin1
01-12-2011, 10:31 AM
I follow the women's program casually as an alum and men's hockey fan. I'm also a member of the Garnet Blades which is the friends organization for the men's program. I mention this because I know the Blades have played at least a modest and probably greater role in assisting the coaching staff in upgrading the program. It started about 10 years ago and went from basically a golf tournament which raised about $10K its first year to an organization that now consistently raises over $100K a year. All of the net revenues go directly to the hockey programs budget for such things as recruiting, locker room improvements, equipment, travel and the like. We look at it as a way of "filling the gaps" from what the athletic department provides.

I mention this only by way of wondering if there might be interest in starting a similar program for the women? Alums, former players and families would be instrumental in working with the coaching staff and athletic department for such a program. Anyway, just a thought. I'd be happy to join, so there's one member. ;)

Flarrow
01-12-2011, 02:24 PM
“Union college is a great school (yes) and good place to play hockey if you are a player who wants to get on the ice and contribute toward the building of a successful team (not necessarily true). There is also the opportunity to watch much high quality men's hockey being played (a D-1 woman hockey player picks a school so she can watch the men play?). Perhaps one of the biggest advantages of Union is its central location. The team can travel to most of its games in a bus trip of a couple of hours (wow—that’s Assano’s ace-in-the hole recruiting incentive- short bus rides?). Please advise any big, high scoring forwards who are looking at D1 schools to give Union a look especially if they want to make a difference on a team (any big, high scoring forwards will give Union a look—from the other bench). Only time will tell. (4 years and counting…)”

“Feelings, nothing more than feelings
Trying to forget my feelings of love
Teardrops rolling down on my face
Trying to forget my feelings of love

Feelings, woo-o-o feeling it,
woo-o-o, feeling again in my arms
Feelings”

From MORRIS ALBERT "Feelings"

"Most ball games are lost, not won."
"Can't anybody here play this game?"
Casey Stengel

Says the ‘bitter parent’ (ha –just shows what you don’t know): I know all you fans and parents feel/believe things are getting better, but from the stands, I just watch the same old same old. Just where do you see improvement?
And again: Does anyone, other than shotblocker, know how long Assano’s contract runs?

UCONN FAN
01-14-2011, 11:13 AM
“Union college is a great school (yes) and good place to play hockey if you are a player who wants to get on the ice and contribute toward the building of a successful team (not necessarily true). There is also the opportunity to watch much high quality men's hockey being played (a D-1 woman hockey player picks a school so she can watch the men play?). Perhaps one of the biggest advantages of Union is its central location. The team can travel to most of its games in a bus trip of a couple of hours (wow—that’s Assano’s ace-in-the hole recruiting incentive- short bus rides?). Please advise any big, high scoring forwards who are looking at D1 schools to give Union a look especially if they want to make a difference on a team (any big, high scoring forwards will give Union a look—from the other bench). Only time will tell. (4 years and counting…)”

“Feelings, nothing more than feelings
Trying to forget my feelings of love
Teardrops rolling down on my face
Trying to forget my feelings of love

Feelings, woo-o-o feeling it,
woo-o-o, feeling again in my arms
Feelings”

From MORRIS ALBERT "Feelings"

"Most ball games are lost, not won."
"Can't anybody here play this game?"
Casey Stengel

Says the ‘bitter parent’ (ha –just shows what you don’t know): I know all you fans and parents feel/believe things are getting better, but from the stands, I just watch the same old same old. Just where do you see improvement?
And again: Does anyone, other than shotblocker, know how long Assano’s contract runs?

So are you saying that this season's record is all Claudia's fault? If you replace her does Union wins....5 or 7 or maybe 10 games? Is she not do her job as it relates to recruiting? What do YOU think the problems are and how would you fix them?
I have not seen Union play this year but I get the sense that it is not just a coaching issue. Union is up against it when it comes to recruiting. With no scholarships to offer they have to go head to head with the IVY's for players who are not as concerned about a scholarship. The Ivy school education is or at least is percieved to be a better education and those teams are more established than Union.
The progress has been slow but it is progress. The turn around will not happen in your daughter's time but maybe after graduation she can become a booster and help turn the program around.