NORWALK, Conn. – Fourteen goals would be a good season for many girls who play hockey. Brien McMahon’s Nicole Lue accomplished that feat in two games.
Lue, a junior who plays for the Wilton-McMahon co-op team, was named The Norwalk Daily Voice Athlete of the Month. She scored seven goals for her team in wins over Stamford and Daniel Hand last month.
“I still can’t believe it,’’ said Lue, who has 18 goals and seven assists in the team's first six games. “The most I scored in a game before that was five. It’s great because I know what it’s like to feel frustrated. When it’s going like that, it gets to a point where passing actually becomes a better option.”
Lue has been a longtime standout for the Mid-Fairfield Stars hockey team, helping it win the Under-14 national championship in 2011. She will return to the Stars when the high school season concludes and will play for the U-16 Stars in the national championship in April.
“The level of play from travel to high school is a lot different,’’ Lue said. “It gives me a chance to become a better player and improve my skills. This year I have the opportunity to help a lot of people that have just started playing. I’ve take the role of becoming more of a goal scorer and a leader on the ice. That’s been one of the biggest changes.”
Lue’s handiwork around the goal has been a blessing for a young Wilton team with just five upperclassmen on its roster. "Nicole has really emerged as a leader this season both on and off the ice,’’ coach Kerry Leonard said. “She has a great deal of presence on the ice and an eye for the net. Her hard work is paying off on the scoreboard."
Lue also picked field hockey at Brien McMahon and earned All-FCIAC honorable mention honors last fall. She considers ice hockey her primary sport and would like to play in college.
Her primary focus over the next two month is to help her high school team to keep improving.
“I think we’ve done a great job so far,’’ Lue said. “We’ve played a lot of good teams and everyone is getting better. There are a lot of good teams in the FCIAC. It’s exciting knowing that everyone is improving.”