Monday Moments with President Bergman: March 21, 2022

Gustavus President Rebecca M. Bergman shares her thoughts with College students, faculty, and staff each week.
Posted on March 21st, 2022 by

President Rebecca M. Bergman

Can you remember a time where you were filled with pride over a special occasion or accomplishment involving someone close to you—perhaps a graduation, an anniversary, or a special award? I had one of those occasions over the weekend as I watched our women’s hockey team compete in the NCAA Final Four at Middlebury College in Vermont.

On Friday afternoon, the Gusties took on the Plattsburgh State Cardinals, who were the defending national champions from the last full season before COVID-19. Gustavus won 5-1 to earn the right to play in Saturday’s National Championship game against Middlebury. In the final, our Gusties battled back to tie the game twice, including an incredible goal with .1 seconds left on the clock at the end of the third period to force overtime before ultimately falling 3-2 to finish second in the country. The Gusties were fiercely competitive and displayed so much heart. While the puck didn’t bounce our way in overtime, the Gustie women played an amazing game.

I am bursting with pride for these student-athletes and coaches for their accomplishments throughout this season, their toughness in competition, their fine sportsmanship, and the character they displayed in representing Gustavus on the national stage. It was fun and exciting (and nerve-wracking at times) to be there in person. I was also pleased to see so many Gustavus parents, alumni, and friends who were able to attend in person—and to hear about all the Gustavus students, faculty, staff, and alumni that tuned in from around the world to watch the championship game.

Congratulations to everyone involved in women’s hockey—Head Coach Mike Carroll, the assistant coaches and team staff, our athletic trainers, and most especially to all the members of the 2021-22 women’s hockey team. You have made history for Gustavus. We have cheered for you, and we send you our heartiest congratulations on your accomplishments!

With an enormous sense of pride,

President Bergman

 

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