KATONAH, N.Y. In sports, even numbers seem to have a certain aura around them, whether it is 10 touchdowns caught, 20 home runs hit or 30 points scored. When that even number is also record breaking, it carries even more weight. That is why Harvey School hockey player Ricky Schulmans 100th career goal was for every generation to awe, as he is the only student in the schools varsity hockey program to reach the century mark.
The senior captain from Greenwich, Conn. scored the tally on Feb. 1 against New Jersey hockey powerhouse Don Bosco Prep in a 9-2 loss. The goal was his 31st of the season, which is his third straight (and final) 30-goal season after scoring 30 as a sophomore and 34 as a junior.
After watching Schulman get behind the net to wait for the puck, teammate and fellow senior Brett Marks passed it to him, then watched him take the puck around the net and slide it through the goaltenders legs.
Scoring my 100th goal was the biggest accomplishment in my life so far, Schulman said. But I owe my success to my teammates and my coaches.
While his head coach, Tim Halewicz, agreed, he was not as fast to take the full responsibility, as he said that Schulman paid close attention in his four years and became very knowledgeable about the game.
I am extremely proud of Ricky, Halewicz said. He would not have accomplished this if he did not work with and value his teammates. He always had a knack for the net, but he is a student of the game and has grown into a complete player.
The accomplishment was one to remember for Schulman, as he and the Harvey Cavaliers are only two league games away from getting to the playoffs in the Fairchester Athletics Association. But as any competitive and well-rounded player might say, Schulman would give each goal away toward a bigger title.
I would trade all my goals for a league championship, Schulman said.
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