When Plainview's Brittany Skudder got her first pair of skates at 4 years old, she had no idea they would help her make history at Fenway Park.
But Friday, Skudder's University of New Hampshire upended Northeastern, 5-3, in the first outdoor NCAA women's hockey game, part of the Sun Life Frozen Fenway doubleheader. The Boston College and Boston University men's teams met in the second game on the rink set up for the NHL's Winter Classic on Jan. 1
"My family's big-time Islanders fans, so we have season tickets to all the Islanders' games and my family plays a little hockey," she said. "I decided I wanted to play hockey and my mom gave me a pair of skates."
Just one problem: they were figure skates.
"I said, 'No. I want hockey.' "
Skudder's decisiveness at such a young age paid off. She had one shot on the goal Friday and has three goals and four assists in 14 games this season as a freshman.
"I'm glad that we won, because you don't want to be the losing team when you're doing something for the first time," she said. "There were so many fans [more than 38,000], probably the most an NCAA women's hockey team has gotten before. It's just great to be a part of history."
Playing against Skudder in the Hockey East rivalry game was another Long Islander, Siena Falino, in her first year at Northeastern. Falino attended the Portledge School and is from Centerport.
A Plainview JFK alum, Skudder skated for several club teams on Long Island before attending the North American Hockey Academy in Vermont for three years. She also attended the USA Hockey National Camp from 2002-07.
Though she labels herself a Yankees fan, Skudder said she was excited to be skating in the lair of the Boston Red Sox. "I know we hate Boston, but it was weird," she said. "I'm just enjoying the moment and the opportunity we have right now. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience we have to be able to play at a baseball stadium."