Amanda lit it up for The Methuen-Tewksbury Red Raiders too, scoring 204 goals during her career. And her 86 goals as a senior set the Massachusetts state record, held previously by, well, her. But even with those prodigious scoring stats, and all the awards and honors, one game from those years jumps out. One February night against Waltham, she found the back of the net seven times, also breaking her own state scoring record then. Cetacean Nation wondered what that night was like, and Amanda laughed and said
“I don’t know, but let me just tell you this. I don’t really pay attention to that kind of stuff, so I probably I didn’t realize it at the time. I don’t know, I think seven was the record and I was tied for the record with someone. And I just remember my Dad just looking at me, and he has one finger up. He thinks I need one more, and I couldn’t score that last goal to save my life. So, I don’t know how I scored the first seven, but I couldn’t score the eighth! Very interesting:)” That might have served for as the favorite high school memory for most anyone. And there was a later game when she broke the single game scoring record with nine goals. but when we asked Amanda the question, she took the answer in a whole different direction.
“A favorite memory? No, I have a tragic one! There is this one story that has stuck with me forever. I feel like this is the only story I tell from high school, I don’t know. My senior year we were playing against Burlington, and Kelly Browne, she plays for BC now. I actually know her, and she was on that team, and it was me vs her. Her team wasn’t really good, but she’s good. And our team wasn’t really good, but I’m good, so it was literally me vs her. So the score was 4-3, we were losing, we were about to go on a power play, and there was a minute left in the game. And our coach pulled the goalie. I told her not to. I said don’t pull the goalie, I’ll score! Because if you pull the goalie they can shoot it down into the net. It made no sense, why would you do that? I said: Don’t pull the goalie, I’d score, we’ll be fine. But she pulled the goalie, Kelly Browne shot it down the end, and we lost! The one thing I remember vividly, I was so mad at her. It makes me cringe! It makes me angry still. So Colten, no pulling the goalie when we have a power play at the end of a game! she laughed. "Yeah, I laugh about it now, it’s funny, but I was mad at the time. I feel bad memories are just as good as the good ones, if you can still laugh, it’s fine. “
During her high school days, Amanda also played for a club team, the Boston Shamrocks. Several of our Pod have played there including Grace Klienbach, Rachael Ade and Katka Mrazova. And Amanda achieved the higest points per game average in their program history, with a mark of 1.536. She told us
“When you play in high school, you can play half season with a club team, and go to Nationals once school is over. So I did that with the Boston Shamrocks for two or three years. I started that when I was a sophomore. So I did a half season with them, and that’s how I became part of the program. And as soon as I graduated high school, I was like I’m going to just go play a year of junior. Because I didn’t know where I wanted to go, I didn’t know what to do yet. So I just played a year of juniors with the Shamrocks after I graduated from high school. “
Amanda continued " So I didn’t know exactly where to go, and I was very back and forth about what I wanted to do. A couple of D1 schools wanted me, but my grades are not great. That’s why I am in the situation I’m in right now, having to go back to Norwich for another year. So I just didn’t want to go to a big school and get stuck there and be nobody, and not get the schoolwork done that I need to get done. So I emailed Molly Fitzpatrick, who is the Assistant Coach at Norwich and asked: Are you guys interested in looking at me? One of my friends had already gone there, and he had said: Just email them, you are good enough to play there, they’ll definitely email you back! And the next day. she got back and said: Yes, come up for a visit, sure we’re interested! And the rest is history, I picked Norwich immediately. I love it, it’s small, the people are nice, and knew a couple of people that went there, so it was an easy pick for me. I also didn’t want to be too far away from home, and Vermont is only two hours away. The other schools were like five to seven hours away. I wanted my parents to be able to come see me play.”
As Amanda said, the rest is history, and she broke the ice early for Norwich, scoring her first goal in the first game of her Cadets career. She also registered her first assist, and her first 1st Star of the Game recognition. Of special interest to Whale fans her goal was assisted by our former #5 Kim Tiberi! So we asked what other Whale players she had played with and against, and specifically if she had skated on a line with our #21 Sarah Schwenzfeier as her center?
“Sarah, I don’t think so. Because I always played with Brynn Wopperer, who is another girl who graduated a year after Sarah. I always played with her and one of the other freshmen, Sophie McGovern. She decided to go overseas, but she’ll hopefully come here (at some point) because I want her to be my linemate again! . So I always played with her and with Brynn, so I never played with Sarah.” Eventually we should just do it for the fun of it. Kayla Meneghin, I know her, she knows me. I don’t know if she likes me, I guess I’ll find out :) Norwich and Plattsburgh aren’t exactly friends, but it’s OK " she laughed. "I also played against Nicole Guagliardo at Adrian at some point, Jane Morrisette, and Sarah Hughson" (more on that in a bit)
Amanda’s career at Norwich was nothing short of spectacular, for both her and the program. She scored more points than games played all four years at Norwich, and more goals than games played the last three. She is Norwich’s all time scoring leader, and led NCAAD3 in scoring twice. perennial All-League, MVP, and three time NEHC Player of the Year, and a National Champion. And this past January 25th, Amanda scored her 100th career goal in her 100th career game for Norwich. Cetacean Nation loves those kind of stats, and had to ask about that. Amanda responded
“That was so cool actually. It was probably one of the coolest things I did at Norwich, honestly. I usually know, because my Dad keeps track of everything, so he’ll let me know if there is something going on. So my 100th game, my 100th goal he’s like you’re pretty close, and I said OK, so it ir was in the back of my mind, but I didn’t know if it was going to happen. Then when they announced it, I was like OMG, that didn’t just happen! "