The 2015 Senior Perspectives is the 10th in a series of annual collections. Senior captains and representatives of teams at Harvard have been invited to contribute viewpoints based on personal experience from both their senior seasons and full varsity careers at Harvard.
For a complete listing of 2015 Senior Perspectives, click here.
Lyndsey Fry, Women’s Ice Hockey
Hometown: Chandler, Ariz.
Concentration: History and Science
House Affiliation: Winthrop House
After we lost in the national championship game this year, I cried for a lot of reasons. I was sad that we had lost, I was sad that it was the last time that I would be wearing a Harvard hockey jersey with my team, but I was also crying tears of joy because no words could possibly describe how incredibly proud I was of every single person in that room. I sat there and I looked around at my classmates, knowing that we were all thinking the same thing: Our time at Harvard is over, but look at everything we’ve built while here and everything we’ve learned. Suddenly, I found myself thinking about every other person I’ve ever played on a team with while at Harvard. Every bit of success we had this year was because of everything that we’ve learned from those who came before us, just as they learned from those who came before them. Every shuttle run that they ran, every sprint on the ice that they did, every time they took a freshman who was struggling under their wing wasn’t enough to get them to the Frozen Four. But it was enough to get us there.
I want to take this as an opportunity to thank the Harvard hockey players that came before me for so many things. First, thank you for showing me what it means to be team first. My best friend passed away two days before Christmas my freshman year. Without my teammates taking the time to lift me back up and carry me forward, I don’t know where I would be today. Second, thank you for believing in me even when I didn’t believe in myself. I never thought I would be able to pass a conditioning test and I did. I never thought I would be able to play in the Olympics and I did. And I never thought I would be on a team that played in the national championship and we did. All of these wonderful things have happened because my teammates showed me how to believe in myself and work as hard as I could to accomplish my goals. Finally, thank you for teaching me what it means to be a part of the Harvard hockey tradition. From the pregame songs to the team parties, there is something so unique and consistent about Harvard Hockey and I am so honored that I could be a part of it. It always blows me away when I realize that we are still carrying on some of the traditions today that began over 10 years ago. Without the people who came before us, this team never would have understood what it would take to make it to the national championship. Every ounce of love, sweat, and tears that you poured into the program in the past contributed to our success this year. So for that, I thank you.
I always wanted to make sure that I left something behind in my time at Harvard. I figured it would be some sort of new quirky tradition. As it turns out, I am leaving behind a dance to Whitney Houston’s “I Want to Dance With Somebody” that I would do before every game. But I’ve come to realize that every Harvard hockey player leaves something behind while here. I know that based on seeing how our freshmen and sophomores have grown as players and people this year. As someone who struggled as a freshman, I know how difficult those first few years can be and how hard it can seem to live up to Harvard hockey expectations. But after seeing how we stepped up for each other and how everyone overcame adversity together, I realized that we had all truly learned what it meant to be “Team First.” By the time we played in the Frozen Four, we were no longer the team that lost to BC 10-2. Instead we were a team united as one and everyone was finally on the same page. I could not be more proud of my teammates and honored that I had the opportunity to compete for a national championship with them.
Now that the season has ended, I often find myself looking around at my fellow seniors. We didn’t win the championship, but we carried on the Harvard hockey legacy, and for that I am so incredibly proud. We may be graduating soon, but the lessons we’ve learned and the lessons we’ve taught will live on forever in each of us. Thank you for the memories seniors. I love you all.
Finally, before I finish this, I need to thank the person who is responsible for much of the Harvard hockey legacy. Coach, you know that I could never put into words how appreciative I am of everything you have given to me. You have been a coach, mentor, and friend to me for the past five years and I will cherish the memories I have made with you for as long as I live. Thank you Coach, for everything.