It was a moment that freshman Ashley Morrow will never forget, and one made even sweeter by the end result for the Long Island University Sharks’ women’s ice hockey team.
When the LIU women’s hockey team picked up their first win of the season on Jan. 27 against Sacred Heart, Morrow netted her first career NCAA goal. The milestone tally was the LIU women’s hockey team’s third goal in an eventual 4-1 win over Sacred Heart.
Morrow capitalized on the power-play at 6:10 of the second period to give her team a commanding 3-0 lead.
“That was quite an unbelievable experience, I’d have to say,” the 18-year old Morrow said in an interview with NYI Hockey Now. “It wasn’t the prettiest of goals I’ve ever scored in my life, but a goal’s a goal.”
The Vancouver-native had shown an offensive touch during her time with the Greater Vancouver Giants of the British Columbia Female Midget AAA League, where she had played for from 2017-2020.
Now with one goal under her belt at the collegiate level, she plans on having more in the future. “The monkey’s off the back, and I’ve got more to come now,” she said.
Morrow picked up an assist in the win as well. She came into the game against Sacred Heart without a point on the season, but her coach never lost faith in her ability.
“With Ashley, we always believed she would have an offensive presence within our program,” said LIU women’s hockey head coach Rob Morgan. “For her to score a big goal like that, fairly early in her career, it’s pretty special.”
🚨First NCAA Career Goal Alert!🚨 Congratulations to freshman forward Ashley Morrow on netting her first career goal as a Shark in tonight’s win vs Sacred Heart! Many more to come! @ash_morrow08 pic.twitter.com/S0YVJdRO1v
— Sharks Hockey (@LIUWHockey) January 27, 2021
For Ashley, while she was happy to score, it was about the team’s collective effort that led to the positive result. Her personal performance came second.
“It was a big team effort, though. I got the third one, but it all started with the first goal, and from there, our team momentum went up, and I think it just continued throughout the game. … We all played as a team, and it was a team game. My goal was just a part of it.”
Usually, following a career milestone such as this, a player will speak to their family first. While she eventually talked to both her parents, Morrow’s first conversation was with someone else.
“My first conversation was actually with one of my old teammates, which was actually quite funny,” said Morrow. “It was a lot of congratulatory texts from them, and the first call was from my mom and she is just over the moon excited. For me, the second one was to my dad.”
“They were both just unbelievably thrilled for me that I got it out of the way, and they were both so happy and excited for me.”
Alternate captain Paula Bergstrom, who picked up the secondary assist on Morrow’s goal, was happy to have played a part in the milestone.
“That’s always fun,” said Bergstrom. “You remember your first goal for yourself, and to see someone take that step in their collegiate career, it’s always fun.”
Morrow will look to build off her strong performance and try to help the LIU women’s hockey team put together a few more wins as the season continues.
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