Kate Monihan ’19 Shines for USA Hockey in Obihiro, Japan
Eric Moran ‘21/The Lawrence
Kate Monihan ’19, a co-captain and four-year varsity player for the Lawrenceville girls’ varsity ice hockey team, competed for Team USA at the U18 International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championships in Obihiro, Japan on January 6-13, earning a silver medal.
Prior to the tournament, Monihan and Team USA participated in a five-day training camp in Los Angeles where the team bonded and prepared for the staunch competition ahead. The team started the tournament strong, going undefeated in the round robin stage and earning the top seed for the knockout round. Team USA then advanced to the gold medal game by beating Finland 7-1 in a game in which Monihan earned an assist.
However, the team faced its greatest challenge against Canada in the final, where Team USA came up short in a heart breaking 3-2 overtime loss. Watch highlights here.
Reflecting on the final, Monihan said it was “the most challenging part of the tournament” as players had “their hearts set for gold.” In the end, Monihan still described the tournament as an extremely “gratifying experience,” as it gave her the “opportunity to represent [her] country playing the sport [she] love[s].” She was also pleased with the experience she gained by playing at such a high level and stated that this experience will help her with playing hockey at Lawrenceville, as she learned that if she believes in herself and her teammates she can “set up [herself] and [her] team for success, a lesson [she] witnessed firsthand” while in Japan.
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