March 21, 2013
BOSTON COLLEGE QUOTES
Head Coach Katie King Crowley
"Our team is really excited to be back at the Frozen Four again, and we've had a great year, and we're excited to see what happens this weekend. I think our team is ready and we're excited to get started."
On Minnesota's accomplishment of going undefeated so far this season and whether they would be the best team of all time should they win the national title this year...
"There have been some tremendous teams throughout the history of the college game, from way back when until now. I think it's difficult to compare in that way, but what they've done so far this year is an incredible feat. It's something that's really tough to do, to come into the rink every day and be prepared like it seems they have. My hat is off to them, what they've done this season is special."
On the similar make up of the two teams and how well they match up...
"I think we are similar. I think it's going to be a great game tomorrow at 5:00. We're in a unique situation where we don't get to play each other very often, so these games are always fun and exciting. From what I've seen, I think we match up well against Minnesota, we are both pretty highly-skilled teams."
On getting back to the Frozen Four this...
"That's something we've talked about a lot this year. A lot of our players were here for last year's Frozen Four, and that's something that's been a goal of ours from the beginning of the year. We're excited, and we're ready to go."
On increased goal scoring this season and the impact of the freshman class, notably Hayley Skarupa...
"She's done a great job. Alex is right, we're a much deeper team than we were last year. We've had three and even four lines scoring at times, and scoring production from our defense as well. Hayley (Skarupa) has done a great job, putting pucks on when we needed them, she's scored some great goals."
On turning things around after a lapse earlier in the season...
"I think the kids really stepped up their game when they realized what's on the time. We had some games where we didn't play our best, and I think ultimately we're still a young team. They need to realize that every game is a big game. Toward the end of the season, we started to realize that. They really started to come together as a team."
Sophomore forward Alex Carpenter
On keeping up with Minnesota's success...
"I wouldn't say we check the scores because we are mainly worried about ourselves. We are aware of their record and how they have been doing this year, but our focus isn't on how they are doing. It is about us and how our team is doing every day at practice."
On the team's season thus far...
"I think we started off great and had a little lapse during the middle of the year, but we started to pick it up again. I think we are still climbing."
On how her role has changed from scoring goals to assisting on goals...
"I think a big reason for that is that is our freshmen class because we have more goal scorers this year. It has become more of a team effort this year, and last year we were more focused on defense."
Senior defenseman Blake Bolden
On keeping the defense sharp headed into games...
"We come to practice every day looking forward to shutting down our offense in practice, and hopefully, we can make that happen in a game."
On the game versus Minnesota in the 2011 NCAA Quarterfinals...
"I remember going into the game and not knowing what to expect at all. Obviously, the outcome was great, but I think during that game we worked really hard as a team to pull out the win. I can't say that it will happen again tomorrow, but I can only hope that we come ready to play tomorrow and see what happens."
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