Jack­son back be­tween the pipes for the Univer­sity of Maine

Hast­ings na­tive in her sec­ond sea­son with the Black Bears

The Amherst News - - SPORTS - By Dar­rell Cole Amherst News

ORONO, Maine – Carly Jack­son is pre­par­ing for what she hopes will be her most suc­cess­ful sea­son in NCAA hockey.

The 20-year-old Hast­ings res­i­dent is get­ting ready for her third sea­son at the Univer­sity of Maine and sec­ond year as a full-time goalie with the Black Bears.

The Black Bears open their NCAA sea­son on Fri­day at home when they host Con­necti­cut’s Quin­nip­iac Univer­sity for the first of two week­end games.

“I feel pretty good. I’m look­ing for­ward to it,” Jack­son said in a tele­phone in­ter­view on Tues­day night. “We have a young team this year that gained a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence last year. I think we’re go­ing to sur­prise a lot of peo­ple this year. We have a well-rounded ros­ter and a very di­verse team.”

Last year, the Black Bears were very com­pet­i­tive against some of the strong­est teams in the con­fer­ence, but strug­gled against teams that played a more phys­i­cal game. She said those ex­pe­ri­ences will only make the club stronger.

A prod­uct of the Cum­ber­land County Mi­nor Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion and the Cum­ber­land County Ju­nior B Blues, Jack­son was re­cruited to Maine af­ter play­ing with Canada’s Un­der-18 women’s team.

Last sea­son was a rough year for the de­vel­op­ing Black Bears club, but Jack­son was solid lead­ing the club in sev­eral up­sets – in­clud­ing one over peren­nial pow­er­house Boston Col­lege. That win ended a 52-game win­ning streak for Boston Col­lege within the con­fer­ence.

That per­for­mance earned her a Pro-Am­bi­tions Hockey Rookie of the Week for Hockey East.

In May, she at­tended an Un­der22 Team Canada con­di­tion­ing camp in Toronto.

Jack­son feels she had one of her best off­sea­son train­ing pro­grams.

“I had a great sum­mer and was able to work with some re­ally great peo­ple to pre­pare for this sea­son,” she said. “I feel the most pre­pared com­pared to any other year. It’s nice to be back with the team.”

She also enjoyed an­other solid sea­son on the ball field earn­ing a bronze medal with Team Nova Sco­tia at the Un­der-22 na­tional girl’s base­ball cham­pi­onships.

In that game, Nova Sco­tia ral­lied from a 5-0 deficit to win the bronze medal game.

James Emery – Hockey Canada

Carly Jack­son, seen here at the 2014 Women’s U-18 sum­mer camp, is back with the Univer­sity of Maine this sea­son.

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