Hingham (Mass.) Journal: "White Was Always There with a Big Save for Saint Michael's"

Hingham (Mass.) Journal: "White Was Always There with a Big Save for Saint Michael's"

This story originally appeared in the Hingham (Mass.) Journal. Also view a PDF on SMCAthletics.com here.


By David Wolcott Jr.

HINGHAM, Mass. – It's been all or nothing in recent hockey seasons for sophomore Leah White (Hingham, Mass/The Winchendon School).

She saw a ton of pucks as the starting goaltender for four seasons at Hingham High and then a post-grad year at The Winchendon School.

And then the music completely stopped as COVID wiped out her freshman season on the ice at St. Michael's College.

White did everything possible to make up for that lost campaign this season with the re-building Purple Knights, regularly facing more than 50 shots per game in her 14 starts on the season.

Given the choice, White was much happier having large doses of hockey in her life after a full year of sitting around while waiting for her next chance to play.

"It feels great to be back on the ice," White said recently. "Hockey's always been a big part of my life and not having it around last season was a big change for me. I missed everything about the game, not just playing it. You miss being a part of a team and being with my teammates every day.

"It was awesome to play a full season once again."

White and her teammates at St. Michael's just finished a rebuilding season with a loss to St. Anselm in the first round of the New England Women's Hockey Alliance post-season tournament. The roster is filled with underclassmen and the team went through some growing pains on the way to a final record 0f 3-23-1.

St. Michael's hockey season started with a goalie rotation of senior Gabriella Dicomitis along with sophomores White and Carissa Mudrak. The competition was good for her game, White explained.

"We were always there to support one another, whether we were playing in that particular game or not," White said. "We were all there to do whatever we could to help the team."

By the end of the season, White had established herself as the top choice for the Purple Knights between the pipes after being named the NEWHA's Goaltender of the Week three different times this season, landing on the weekly honor roll another three times. In 16 games played, including 14 starts, she made 681 saves for a save percentage of .917 and a goals-against-average of 4.14.

What those numbers don't show you is the absolute sheer volume of shots that White faces each game. In one particular contest, a 1-1 tie against Saint Anselm on Jan. 22, she made 66 saves to ensure her team skated off with a point.

"I'm okay with being busy," White said about all the shots she faced this season. "My job is to stop the puck from going into the net, so every game I just tried to do my job as best I could."

Not too long ago, White was picking up wins left and right for the Harborwomen. A four-year starter and three-time all-star, she was the team MVP in her final three seasons with Hingham before improving her overall game even more during a post-grad year at The Winchendon School.