Chelsiea Goll was a spectator at Game 2 of the World Series in October matching the eventual champion Boston Red Sox against the St. Louis Cardinals.
A lifelong Red Sox fan whose familyÂ has season tickets, Chelsiea attended the game at Fenway Park with her twin brother, Casey, a hockey player at Southern New Hampshire University.
â€œI said to my brother that in two months Iâ€™ll be on this field skating,â€ recalled Chelsiea.
A third-year right winger for the Northeastern womenâ€™s ice hockey team, Goll will be playing for the Lady Huskies in a game against Harvard on Thursday, Jan. 2 at Fenway Park.
Goll is â€œvery excitedâ€ about the opportunity to play hockey at Fenway.
â€œI saw the Northeastern womenâ€™s team play there five years ago when I was in high school,â€ said Goll. â€œTo be a member of the Northeastern team five years later and skate at Fenway is a big thrill. The whole team is stoked.â€
Goll said sheâ€™s hopeful that her team can qualify for the NCAA Tournament.
â€œOur goal starts with doing well in the Hockey East Conference and then getting to the NCAAs,â€ said Goll.
Goll has enjoyed recent success in the Beanpot Tournament, an annual event in February matching the four Boston Division 1 hockey programs: Northeastern, BU, BC, and Harvard.
â€œComing from Winthrop, it was a dream come true to play hockey at Northeastern, but also to be a local kid and win the Beanpot twice, itâ€™s been surreal, pretty awesome,â€ said Goll. â€œLast year we beat BC (3-2), a national powerhouse, in the finals on their home ice, which was amazing.â€
Interestingly Goll is a roommate of Northeastern star Kendall Coyne, who is a candidate for the U.S.A. Olympic womenâ€™s hockey team that will be playing in the Winter Olympics in Sochi in February.
â€œKendall is an awesome hockey player,â€ said Goll. â€œSheâ€™s an inspiration to all of her teammates. Sheâ€™s always working hard on the ice and always dedicated. Sheâ€™s the type of kid who makes you want to work even harder. The fact that she is with the U.S. national team right now is amazing.â€
Goll began playing ice hockey in the Winthrop Youth Hockey Association and joined Winthropâ€™s Nicole Ferrara (Syracuse) in the famed Assabet Valley organization in Concord.
â€œIt was so much fun to see Nicole when we played against Syracuse,â€ said Goll.
Goll competed in prep school hockey for four years while a student at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, New Hamsphire and then earned a spot at Division 1 Northeastern, a program that Hall of Fame coach Don MacLeod of Winthrop helped put on the national map.
Goll is majoring in Sociology and will begin an internship in Northeasternâ€™s well-known co-op program in January.
â€œIâ€™ll be working on merchandising Red Bull [an energy drink] for six months and resuming my studies at Northeastern in September,â€ said Goll.
Chelsiea is the daughter of Connie and David Goll, who is the owner of the Winthrop Arms Restaurant and Hotel.