Catherine Foulem Captains Team Atlantic at U18 Nationals
Catherine Foulem accorded herself well as a member of Team Atlantic that recently competed at 2019 National Women’s Under 18 Championship in Manitoba.
The 17-year-old member of the Prep Girls Hockey team collected a goal and assist in four games while acting as team captain.
“We were the only team that was made up of different provinces. The girls we competed against all played before. We just met at that event, but connected very quickly.”
Team Atlantic failed to medal, but Foulem said it was not for a lack of effort.
“All of our games were really tight and we fought really well in all of them and learned how to be consistent, which is the most important part in those short tournaments,” she said.
She found being in a leadership role a natural. “It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. All the girls were excited to play with each other because it was the best hockey we’ve played.”
Foulem played a key role, starting all but one game and was utilized on both special teams.
She feels the experience will help her development.
“It definitely helped me with the speed. You have to move your feet so I improved that way. When I go and play college hockey it won’t be as much of a surprise.
“I also learned you have to be consistent to win and I learned how to be consistent and make your team consistent. I think that will help me down the road.”
Foulem, a native of Dieppe, NB, has accepted a scholarship at Boston University beginning next season.
“I’m so excited. I think we’re going to have a pretty good team while receiving a great education. I can’t wait.”
She plans to major in biology and eventually go to medical school.
Before that, she wants to finish her career at Ridley on a high note.
“We’ve had a lot of injuries so far. Now I think we have our full team and I can’t wait to get things started and reach our full potential,” she said. “We would like to win in the JWHL, that is our ultimate goal and I think we can do it. We have a fast and skilled team that works hard all the time.”