Carlisle’s Lauren Carroll reflects on sophomore season with rebuilding RIT Tigers

Community Apr 05, 2016 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

Lauren Carroll’s second season with the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Tigers was a marked departure from her freshman campaign.

The NCAA Div. I squad made it to the NCAA tournament in 2014-15, but stumbled to an 8-27-1 record this season, losing to Penn State in the College Hockey America Conference first-round series.

“We didn’t have the record we wanted, which was kind of unfortunate, but we did lose a lot of players last year and we had nine incoming freshmen,” explained the sophomore defenceman. “We definitely knew that the team dynamic would change.

“As a freshman I was used to looking up at a lot of the girls and being a sophomore now you kind of have more responsibility.”

While the two games to none loss to Penn State, with the Tigers falling 3-2 in the second game, wasn’t how they wanted the season to end, Carroll said, the series was learning process for the rebuilding RIT team.

In the 2014-15 season, the Tigers lost 6-2 in the national quarter-final, 6-2 to the University of Minnesota.

On a personal level, Carroll said she was happy with her second NCAA season.

“I thought having more of a responsibility and having the freshmen look up to you was kind of cool,” said the Carlisle native. “Last year I was always the one looking up to someone.

“So it was kind of cool how I could help them because I’ve kind of been through that situation before.”

Carroll said she felt she improved in her second season.

As a freshman, the team was ravaged by injury, which led to Carroll being thrown into the fire, playing a lot more, and in more situations than planned.

“Usually you ease your way into it,” she said. “But I did play all the games last year.”

This year Carroll notched one assist in 34 games, in addition to tallying six penalty minutes and a minus-6 rating. She also finished tied for sixth on the team with 39 blocked shots.

As a freshman Caroll notched a goal and 13 penalty minutes in 39 games, in addition to a plus-4 rating.

“I feel like I was expected to do more this year and I followed through on that,” she said. “I was used to everything, used to the team and used to how (head coach) Scott (McDonald) coaches.”

The 19 year old said her hockey sense improved this season.

“I was able to make quicker decisions,” she explained. “So I wasn’t holding the puck as long.”

Looking back, Carroll said the having the season end early against Penn State was a shock in some ways.

“Once we were done we were like, ‘Wow, the season’s over, that was short,’” she recalled. “Compared to last year, I feel like everyone will remember that feeling and they won’t want to feel that again.

“I feel like it was all a learning experience.”

The new media marketing major said experiencing the first-round loss, after NCAA tournament as a freshman, motivates her to get back to the tournament.

“I’ve been at both ends of the spectrum,” she said. “I think everyone is really pushing (to get back).

“We’re starting our spring training and you can really see the drive and determination in everyone because they want to get to where we were before.”

The WDHS graduate said she played in all situations – including power-play and penalty kill this season, as McDonald mixed and matched the lineup.

“It was nice to get that experience, because I didn’t get that much last year,” she explained.

Carroll will return to Carlisle for the offseason and continue training at PEAKS Training and Therapy in Mississauga, as she has for the past four summers.

She spent last offseason working on her foot speed and power, and said that training made a difference this year.

“I feel like it definitely helped me,” she said. “I was stronger and more confident for sure.

“I feel like that stuff you can always be improving and working on, so I’ll still be working on it this summer – I want to get to the next level from where I am.”

Carlisle’s Lauren Carroll reflects on sophomore season with rebuilding RIT Tigers

Community Apr 05, 2016 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

Lauren Carroll’s second season with the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Tigers was a marked departure from her freshman campaign.

The NCAA Div. I squad made it to the NCAA tournament in 2014-15, but stumbled to an 8-27-1 record this season, losing to Penn State in the College Hockey America Conference first-round series.

“We didn’t have the record we wanted, which was kind of unfortunate, but we did lose a lot of players last year and we had nine incoming freshmen,” explained the sophomore defenceman. “We definitely knew that the team dynamic would change.

“As a freshman I was used to looking up at a lot of the girls and being a sophomore now you kind of have more responsibility.”

While the two games to none loss to Penn State, with the Tigers falling 3-2 in the second game, wasn’t how they wanted the season to end, Carroll said, the series was learning process for the rebuilding RIT team.

In the 2014-15 season, the Tigers lost 6-2 in the national quarter-final, 6-2 to the University of Minnesota.

On a personal level, Carroll said she was happy with her second NCAA season.

“I thought having more of a responsibility and having the freshmen look up to you was kind of cool,” said the Carlisle native. “Last year I was always the one looking up to someone.

“So it was kind of cool how I could help them because I’ve kind of been through that situation before.”

Carroll said she felt she improved in her second season.

As a freshman, the team was ravaged by injury, which led to Carroll being thrown into the fire, playing a lot more, and in more situations than planned.

“Usually you ease your way into it,” she said. “But I did play all the games last year.”

This year Carroll notched one assist in 34 games, in addition to tallying six penalty minutes and a minus-6 rating. She also finished tied for sixth on the team with 39 blocked shots.

As a freshman Caroll notched a goal and 13 penalty minutes in 39 games, in addition to a plus-4 rating.

“I feel like I was expected to do more this year and I followed through on that,” she said. “I was used to everything, used to the team and used to how (head coach) Scott (McDonald) coaches.”

The 19 year old said her hockey sense improved this season.

“I was able to make quicker decisions,” she explained. “So I wasn’t holding the puck as long.”

Looking back, Carroll said the having the season end early against Penn State was a shock in some ways.

“Once we were done we were like, ‘Wow, the season’s over, that was short,’” she recalled. “Compared to last year, I feel like everyone will remember that feeling and they won’t want to feel that again.

“I feel like it was all a learning experience.”

The new media marketing major said experiencing the first-round loss, after NCAA tournament as a freshman, motivates her to get back to the tournament.

“I’ve been at both ends of the spectrum,” she said. “I think everyone is really pushing (to get back).

“We’re starting our spring training and you can really see the drive and determination in everyone because they want to get to where we were before.”

The WDHS graduate said she played in all situations – including power-play and penalty kill this season, as McDonald mixed and matched the lineup.

“It was nice to get that experience, because I didn’t get that much last year,” she explained.

Carroll will return to Carlisle for the offseason and continue training at PEAKS Training and Therapy in Mississauga, as she has for the past four summers.

She spent last offseason working on her foot speed and power, and said that training made a difference this year.

“I feel like it definitely helped me,” she said. “I was stronger and more confident for sure.

“I feel like that stuff you can always be improving and working on, so I’ll still be working on it this summer – I want to get to the next level from where I am.”

Carlisle’s Lauren Carroll reflects on sophomore season with rebuilding RIT Tigers

Community Apr 05, 2016 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

Lauren Carroll’s second season with the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Tigers was a marked departure from her freshman campaign.

The NCAA Div. I squad made it to the NCAA tournament in 2014-15, but stumbled to an 8-27-1 record this season, losing to Penn State in the College Hockey America Conference first-round series.

“We didn’t have the record we wanted, which was kind of unfortunate, but we did lose a lot of players last year and we had nine incoming freshmen,” explained the sophomore defenceman. “We definitely knew that the team dynamic would change.

“As a freshman I was used to looking up at a lot of the girls and being a sophomore now you kind of have more responsibility.”

While the two games to none loss to Penn State, with the Tigers falling 3-2 in the second game, wasn’t how they wanted the season to end, Carroll said, the series was learning process for the rebuilding RIT team.

In the 2014-15 season, the Tigers lost 6-2 in the national quarter-final, 6-2 to the University of Minnesota.

On a personal level, Carroll said she was happy with her second NCAA season.

“I thought having more of a responsibility and having the freshmen look up to you was kind of cool,” said the Carlisle native. “Last year I was always the one looking up to someone.

“So it was kind of cool how I could help them because I’ve kind of been through that situation before.”

Carroll said she felt she improved in her second season.

As a freshman, the team was ravaged by injury, which led to Carroll being thrown into the fire, playing a lot more, and in more situations than planned.

“Usually you ease your way into it,” she said. “But I did play all the games last year.”

This year Carroll notched one assist in 34 games, in addition to tallying six penalty minutes and a minus-6 rating. She also finished tied for sixth on the team with 39 blocked shots.

As a freshman Caroll notched a goal and 13 penalty minutes in 39 games, in addition to a plus-4 rating.

“I feel like I was expected to do more this year and I followed through on that,” she said. “I was used to everything, used to the team and used to how (head coach) Scott (McDonald) coaches.”

The 19 year old said her hockey sense improved this season.

“I was able to make quicker decisions,” she explained. “So I wasn’t holding the puck as long.”

Looking back, Carroll said the having the season end early against Penn State was a shock in some ways.

“Once we were done we were like, ‘Wow, the season’s over, that was short,’” she recalled. “Compared to last year, I feel like everyone will remember that feeling and they won’t want to feel that again.

“I feel like it was all a learning experience.”

The new media marketing major said experiencing the first-round loss, after NCAA tournament as a freshman, motivates her to get back to the tournament.

“I’ve been at both ends of the spectrum,” she said. “I think everyone is really pushing (to get back).

“We’re starting our spring training and you can really see the drive and determination in everyone because they want to get to where we were before.”

The WDHS graduate said she played in all situations – including power-play and penalty kill this season, as McDonald mixed and matched the lineup.

“It was nice to get that experience, because I didn’t get that much last year,” she explained.

Carroll will return to Carlisle for the offseason and continue training at PEAKS Training and Therapy in Mississauga, as she has for the past four summers.

She spent last offseason working on her foot speed and power, and said that training made a difference this year.

“I feel like it definitely helped me,” she said. “I was stronger and more confident for sure.

“I feel like that stuff you can always be improving and working on, so I’ll still be working on it this summer – I want to get to the next level from where I am.”