Beacons Spotlight: Cappione boosts Beacons offensive attack
Blistering slap shots and spectacular saves get most of the attention in hockey, but no team can win without good defense. That’s where Alexa Cappione shines for the UMass Boston women’s hockey team.
Through the first 14 games of the 2014-2015 season, Cappione, a junior exercise and health sciences major from Massena, New York, had a team-leading plus-7 mark.
The “plus-minus” statistic measures the amount of scoring when an individual player is on the ice. When an even-strength or shorthanded goal is scored, each player on the scoring team earns a plus-1, and the members of the defending team earn a minus-1. Players with high plus-minus ratings are often considered elite defenders.
Cappione has also scored two goals this year and added seven assists. But it’s her defense that will be crucial for the Beacons as they approach the final week of the regular season.
“We have all league games for the rest of the year, so that’s going to be a huge test for us. We need those points to hopefully come out with a good standing for playoffs,” Cappione said.
As an athlete working with UMass Boston’s trainers, Cappione gets a special perspective on her ideal career.
“Our trainers have definitely given me insight into what it takes to be an athletic trainer. They’re always on top of everything. They always know how to help us and what to do and what not to do. They’re always there for us when we need them, and that’s given me a lot of help with what I could be doing after I graduate,” Cappione said.