Colonials Star Rebecca Vint Not Undergoing a Sophomore Slump

Mark StaffieriContributor IIDecember 13, 2012

Image courtesy of RMU Colonials Athletics
Image courtesy of RMU Colonials Athletics

With the Robert Morris Colonials looking to build on their momentum of winning the 2012 College Hockey America Postseason title, a key cog in maintaining their success is Rebecca Vint. Playing in the shadows of CHA rival Christine Bestland (of Mercyhurst), Vint has quietly assembled a very impressive sophomore campaign.

As a rookie, she made an immediate impact with the Colonials. She would log four points in an October 21, 2011 contest. It was also her third multi-goal performance in her first five games at the college level. She would score at least one goal in her first six collegiate games.

On February 3, 2012, she managed to break the Colonials’ single-season record for points in one season, and the next day, broke the Colonials' mark for most goals in one season.

Following a record-breaking rookie season, Vint has shown no signs of slowing down.

While some players endure sophomore slumps, Vint (the 2011-12 CHA Rookie of the Year) has proven that she is one of the elite players in College Hockey America. During November 2012, Vint solidified her reputation as a game-changer. Her 12 points were a key contributor to the Colonials' 6-1-1 record during the month. More impressive was the fact that all eight games were contested on the road.

Although the Colonials sit in third place in the CHA standings, Vint has helped the cynics prove that their previous season was not a fluke.

Vint enjoyed numerous milestones during the early weeks of the season. A November 10 contest versus the Penn State Nittany Lions saw Vint tie a program record for most goals in one game with five. It also marked the first time that Vint logged a hat trick in her career. The program record for most goals in one game was first set by Megan Picnic when she logged five goals in a seven-point performance versus Chatham on October 27, 2006.

Perhaps more impressive is the fact that she scored four game-winning goals in the season, which places her second overall in the NCAA.

Her fourth game-winning tally of the season came in a crucial conference matchup against Syracuse. Having earned an assist earlier in the game, Vint scored what would stand as the game-winning goal with 2:26 remaining in the second stanza to give RMU a 2-1 lead.

She continued to help the Colonials break new ground as she was an essential factor in the Colonials' first-ever sweep of the CHA rival Mercyhurst Lakers (ranked in the national polls).

The December 7-8 series sweep saw Vint contribute four points. In the 3-1 win on December 7, she factored in all three goals (one goal, two assists). Although Vint registered only one point in the December 8 win (a 2-1 final), her role was pivotal as she assisted on the game-winning goal.

Her assault on the Colonials record books continues to result in historic program firsts for the Colonials. Every time Vint graces the ice, Colonials fans are aware that she has the potential to create history. In carrying the momentum into a sensational sophomore season, Vint offers the promise of a golden era for Robert Morris Colonials women’s ice hockey.