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38 // NOVEMBER 2018 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM BONUS CONTENT Digital Edition mu n it y or a c au se t h at she i s pa ssion ate about. A s a tea mmate, Beth is committed to excellence a nd bringing out the best in those around her." L a s t s e a s o n , L a r c o m a p p e a r e d i n 2 7 games, notching a 3.01 goals-against aver- age a nd 90.4 save percentage. It was a big jump in workload from her freshman year when she appeared in eight contests. Her goa l head i ng i nto t h is yea r 's ca m- pa ign is to help the Crimson climb up the ECAC leaderboa rd a f ter a n uncha racter- istic dow n season last year. To do that she w i l l h ave to hold of f some toug h compe - tition for playing time between the pipes. "Roles change every year, we have a young g oalie that's an incoming freshman this year as well. Nothing 's ever guaranteed, you can never be complacent with those kinds of things," she said. "You have to earn your spot every year. I'm definitely excited to be back, be back at it and battle for that starting goaltending spot." B e f o r e j o i n i n g t h e C r i m s o n , L a r c o m helped lead Team USA to a gold medal at the 2016 IIHF Women's Under-18 World Championship, where she notched a pair of shutouts, including a 4-0 victory over Sweden in the semifinal. "It's something that as a kid you always kind of dream of, to represent your country and play for a national team. Any capacity where you're able to do that, whether at the U-18 level or the senior team level, it's pretty special. It's kind of the pinnacle of what you work towards as an amateur athlete, especial- ly as a female athlete that's really the highest you can go, " she said. "Looking back on that, I still have my gold medal at home, still have my jersey, whenever I'm home and seeing those things it's always pretty special. It was definitely a special tournament and the process of being a part of that." Larcom is looking to bring out the best in herself, knowing the increased workload that this year entails and the responsibility of playing the game's most important position and the willingness to always improve. "I would definitely say the mental part of the game," Larcom said. "In a college season, at least an Ivy League, ECAC, you're playing around 30 regular season games. Especially on top of school work and extra curriculars that you do, it can be a lot to stay mentally locked in and focused over that whole period of time." She'll need that as she gets ready for anoth- er long, hard ride this season. "Especially as a goalie you can't let up on that," she said. "So much of the game is mental, working on being able to stay checked in and stay focused throughout the entire season." P In recent years, Beth has transitioned from a supporting piece of Team Tie-Dye to actively riding in the event (above). The Larcom's involvement in the Pan Mass Challenge dates back 20 years, initially started by her dad in support of her mom (right), who was battling cancer at the time.

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