When Allison Greene looks at the “C” on her jersey she sees much more than a letter that signifies her as a captain. She sees the faces of her teammates and coaches. The people who trust her with the title of leader.
And there is no way she is ever going to let them down.
“I try and do my best every day and I try to work hard so that they can get better as well as me,” said Greene. “I know they all look up to me and it’s a really big opportunity. Lot of weight on my back, but I think it really helps me and the team if I strive and the rest of the team tries to follow in my footsteps. It’s just an honor to have so many girls look up to me and I just try to do my best.”
A senior co-captain on CASH, Greene, who is in her fifth season, is more than just top notch scoring threat. She is a complete player and the definition of team first.
“That’s her. It’s not for show,” said CASH coach Nicola Adimey. “She’s the captain cause she deserves to be and she leads. She’s always excited and positive I’ve never heard her yell at anybody or get down.”
Greene does it all. She can score the clutch goal when needed, but if she sees a teammate open, she will float the puck over to her without hesitation.
Because that’s the kind of unselfish girl she is and the perfect role model, especially for the younger girls.
“It’s definitely a big responsibility but I come to the rink every day looking forward to leading such a good group of girls,” said Greene. “There is no (other team) I’d rather lead and I’m just super happy with our effort. Even with our young team we just come out here every day and it makes it fun to come to the rink and its something to look forward to every day. I think it’s good for me to lead such a good group of girls. I build a lot of character from it. I think in the future it will help me with my job and college because leading is something that you have to know how to do and I think this is a really good opportunity and I’m just really glad I’m able to have it.”
Greene had two goals a 5-4 loss to Monsignor Martin on Dec.16, but the most impressive part of that four- point night was the second effort she gave on her first goal while down on her knees.
“I always try to keep going,” said Greene. “Never stop no matter what.”
As driven as Greene is to do her best she also finds a way to blend that desire to win with uncommon patience.
No matter how intense things get on the ice Greene never makes teammates the target of frustration or blame.
“You know what else I think is amazing?” Said Adimey. “Sometimes you watch better players, play with lesser (skilled) players and play won’t happen (as planned) and they will drop their shoulders. Never with Allie. Allie always steps it up and helps. ”
Greene said that being a captain, and athletics in general, have taught her valuable life lessons. Like remaining humble when things are going well. Most importantly when things aren’t going well for others to show them kindness, empathy and understanding. Because far too often the world can be a cold place and she doesn’t want to contribute to the negative vibes.
“I just try to keep my head up and keep positive,” said Greene. “Even now, in the pandemic, in such a negative world I try to stay positive and make every day as good as I can.”
Statement win No.1:
FLOP 3 MonMar 1, Dec.17
It wasn’t the biggest win in program history, but it shows that FLOP is ready to return to the upper half of the standings.
Maya Griffin, Taylor Loretto and Carlin Jones all scored as FLOP toppled Monsignor Martin in what was a textbook example of team effort.
“We do a beast of the game which goes to the player of the game,” said FLOP coach Bob Klimowicz.
“In MonMar game it was a total team effort. The team got it.”
Kerrigan McCarthy was brilliant in goal as she stopped 28 of 29 shots.
It’s been a case of a perfect situation for FLOP. McCarthy has benefited from solid team play and a strong, smothering defense that has neutralized some of the best players in the Fed. But McCarthy has also been there to make the big stops when needed.
“She came up big when we had a two goal lead against MonMar with a couple mad scrambles to keep it a two goal lead,” said Klimowicz.
“She has stepped as a leader on the team; she has solid fundamentals, good angles and good work ethic.”
Statement win No.2
The Niagara County Lady Warriors checked another box as they scored their first win over Williamsville, 3-1.
Kayla Persinger had three points while Mariela Mulready made 33 saves.
Madison Mallone and Mansfield also scored for NiCo.
Three stars (Dec.14-20)
Kerrigan McCarthy: FLOP
Shutouts of St. Mary’s and HEWS were also part of McCarthy’s 3-0 week. Stopped 55 of the 56 shots she faced.
Kayla Persinger: NiCo
Had a pair of three point games. Including a goal and two helpers in programs, first ever win over Williamsville.
Camryn Brownschidle: MonMar
Had five goals and two assists for MonMar as they hang on to first place in the Fed.
Madison Flory: KenGI
Notched two assists in win over St. Mary’s, but Flory’s impact goes beyond the stat sheet. Her puck possession style helps KenGI set the tempo of the game. Young guns Izzy Bourgeault and Bella Jayme have benefited skating on same line with Flory.
WNYAthletics.com will livestream Thursday afternoons game between Williamsville and CASH, puck drop is 430pm.
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