Ryan Massa's career as a UNO goaltender couldn't have begun more ominously. In his first career start against Alaska-Fairbanks, the first shot he ever saw got past him.
Some old memories die hard. In the case of the Omaha Stormchasers/Royals/Golden Spikes, it was never the team, it was always the venue.
The sport of hockey was built upon the frozen lakes and ponds of the Canadian countryside in the late 19th century. Canadians, searching for an identity to define their new nation, latched on to a primitive form of lacrosse played by the native peoples of their land.
The game eventually evolved into hockey, and gave Canadians something that was uniquely theirs. It was a game meant to capture the harsh realities of settling on the frozen landscape of a new and untamed land.
The UNO softball team is off to a 22-3 record in 2013, the best start since 2002 and the best mark in the Summit League. Though the Mavs have yet to play a home game, UNO is already two wins away from matching their win total from 2012.
How have the Mavs been so successful? Look no further than the group of young talent assembled by Head Coach Jeanne Scarpello.