Celebrating Conte Forum's Anniversary: In Their Own Words
Jan. 21, 2014
Chestnut Hill, Mass. -
To mark the 25th anniversary of Conte Forum, former student-athletes retell their favorite memories on the court and ice.
Molly Schaus is a member of the United States women’s national ice hockey team. She was drafted 2nd overall by the Boston Blades in the 2011 CWHL Draft. During her time at BC she was a; First-Team All-American (2010-11)…Two-Time Patty Kazmaier Top 10 Finalist…Second Team All-American (2008-09)…Four-Time Hockey East All-Academic Team…Two-time BC Scholar Athlete…Two-time New England All-Star…Two-time Hockey East All-Star…Four-time Hockey East Goaltender of the Month…Sixteen-time Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week…Three-time Hockey East Player of the Week…All-USCHO Rookie Team (2006-07)…Hockey East Rookie of the Year (2006-07). She won a silver medal with Team USA in XXI Vancouver Winter Olympics…won third straight gold with US National Team at the IIHF Women’s World Championship…Four-time Hockey East All-Academic Team…Four-time ACC Academic Honor Roll.
“I have a lot of great memories from my four years spent playing at Conte Forum, but there are a few that stick out as definite favorites. The best time of year to wear the BC jersey is always Beanpot season. The first and second Tuesday of February mean something different to every female hockey player in Boston and I was lucky enough to play for two Beanpot Championships on home ice. Both of them lived up to the hype.
“I was a freshman in 2007 and we were defending champions. Our team was having a good season so far but we were matched up against a higher ranked Harvard team in the 8pm game of the first round. We jumped out to an early 2-0 lead before they tied it up in the second period. We finished the game tied 3-3 after trading goals only a few seconds apart in the third period which set up the dramatic, late-night (actually early-morning) finish. We went on to play 55 minutes of sudden death OT before Anna McDonald scored the winning goal off of a beautiful drive by Kelli Stack ('11). After a huge pig pile celebration, one of the best pictures is a group of teammates laying at center ice in pure exhaustion. Fortunately, we went on to beat BU the next week to win the Beanpot and from then on, tied games went to a five minute overtime and shootout format.
“Winning the 2011 Beanpot championship also ranks high on my list because it was my senior year and we used the momentum from that tournament to win our first Hockey East Championship later that spring before advancing to the Frozen Four in Erie, PA. We beat BU 2-1 in the first round before scoring two third period goals to secure a 3-1 win over Harvard in the finals. That spring we were also able to host the NCAA Quarterfinal game for the first time in our programs history against the University of Minnesota. We jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first ten minutes and went on to win 4-1. I couldn't have asked for a better outcome for my final game in Conte. My teammates and I shared a lot of great memories in Conte over the years but those three games definitely still stand out to me today."