Michaela Read and her Lyndenwood Lynx women’s hockey squad made history last weekend, advancing to their first ever national championship game.
The Div-1 American Collegiate Hockey Association nationals were held at the Comerica Center in Frisco, Texas.
Read’s Lynx beat the powerhouse Adrian College Bulldogs by a 4-2 count in a Saturday semi-final, with Read playing a role in the win.
The GW Graham grad set up the third Lynx goal, scored by Dakota McAlpine.
“We are so incredibly proud of the fight in this group,” said Lyndenwood head coach Kat Hannah. “The girls did exactly what they needed to do. We played our style of hockey and stuck together and that is what we do best.”
It’s a remarkable achievement for a program that is just finishing its fifth season, but the Lynx fell short of their ultimate goal in the final, losing 5-2 to the defending champion Liberty Flames on Sunday.
Liberty was making their fourth trip to the finals in the last five years.
“We are incredibly proud of the grit and commitment of this team,” Hannah said. “They really are the epitome of a culture of family and we work hard for that. We are honest, emotional, strong and we all care about each other. We are interested in making ourselves the very best people both on and off the ice.
“We took huge strides this week. While we did not get the result we wanted, my God did we ever have some victories this season. We are very proud!”
Read enjoyed a very successful sophomore season at Lindenwood.
The 19 year old forward collected 10 goals and 21 points in 26 regular season games and was part of the team’s leadership group, wearing an A.