Jackson back between the pipes for the University of Maine
Hastings native in her second season with the Black Bears
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.
Carly Jackson, seen here at the 2014 Women’s U-18 summer camp, is back with the University of Maine this season.