At Lindenwood, by her sophomore season, Taylor led the team in scoring and was a first team All-Conference selection? We asked if there was a favorite moment she recalled at Lindenwood, and she replied
“I think when we played MInnesota. It was either my sophomore or third year and we were tied with them for awhile. Because Lindenwood is such an underdog team, and we were playing one of the top schools, and we just really came out to,play, and we were having so much fun. We did finally end up losing, but it was the most fun we ever had, and we competed so hard. It was just a lot of fun! “
So the next question had to be, what factored into her decision to move on to Quinnipiac. She explained it this way:
"The short answer is, I wamted to be at a school and in a program that would develop me more as a hockey player. And I felt that Quinnipiac had better resources and just better facilities, strength coaches and what not, that could get me to the point I wanted to get to. So that’s really the main reason, I wanted something that would develop me more as a hockey player. It’s hard to leave the known to go to the unknown, but sometimes it works out in your favor.”
Taylor had an immediate impact with the Bobcats, quickly getting involved n the offense and running off a six game scoring streak. Her final campaign, truncated by Covid as she mentioned, saw Taylor continue her aggressive two way play, while scoring at a rate of a point per game. And when we asked about her favorite moment during all this at Quinnipiac, Taylor again chose a team memory over an individual one, telling us
“When we were in the playoffs against Princeton, we took them to overtime twice. We went into two overtime’s the one game, and three overtime’s on the other. We just battled so hard, and again, ut was so much fun just to be with everybody and share that.”
Taylor didn’t mention this, but we will. With less tha four minutes left in the deciding game in the Princeton series, it was her goal that started the Bobcats on a late rally to send the game into overtime. Fins Up to that!
We wondered how Taylor’s major was effected, , switching from Lindenwood to Quinnipiac, and she explained
“So at Lindenwood my major was exercise science, which was geared more towards personnel training and showing people how to exercise the correct way. And then when I transferred to Quinnipiac, they didn’t have the same major. So I had to switch it up. I never had a real idea of what I wanted to do as a career. I knew Inwanted to bra in the health field so that’s kind of why I transferred into that program, Health Sciences. “
We wrapped things up with Taylor by asking her to describe her game a lottle for her new fans, the citizens of Cetacean Nation. She replied
“I think for a lot of my game I focus on my speed. I’m not the fanciest player it I try to use my speed when I can. I feel like I can see the ice well. I don’t really think about my size. I’m not like: We’ll, I’m taller than you, I’m going to get that puck. But I do have a longer reach, and I think I use my body to my advantage. I got into a little bit of trouble with penalties at Lindenwood, and in my first year at Quinnipiac but I definitely straightened myself out a little bit. I always would just get penalties for random things, like random tripping penalties. Also, I played on the power play at Lindenwood, and the power play at Quinnipiac, and the penalty kill at Lindenwood.”
We thank our Amazing #1 Draft Pick Taylor Girard for sharing some of her story with the fans. We are all looking forward to more history being made by her in Season Seven and beyond!