Amanda Conway was a prolific goal-scorer when she played for the Boston Shamrocks. She scored 30 goals in 28 games during the 2015-16 season for the Shamrocks team in the Junior Women’s Hockey League.
“Amanda is the most offensively complete and skilled player to ever come through our program,” said Shamrocks owner Bob Rotondo.
Conway carried her ability to put the puck into the net with her to Norwich University, where she’s become the women’s hockey team’s all-time leading goal scorer.
The 5-foot-4 senior forward from Methuen, Mass., achieved the feat Dec. 7 when she scored at 11:27 of the second period in her team’s 5-0 win at Southern Maine.
With her 10th goal of the season and Norwich career goal No. 94, Conway passed Julie Fortier, who had held the career record of 93 goals for eight years.
This wasn’t the first time Conway rewrote the Norwich women’s hockey record book. She set single- season records with 34 goals and 60 points when she was a sophomore. Conway had 53 career assists for Norwich as of Dec. 7, giving her 147 points in 93 games. That ranked her third on Norwich’s all-time points list behind Fortier (175) and Sophie Leclerc (163). Conway’s 94 career goals ranked her ninth on the all-time NCAA Division III list as of Dec. 7.
Plattsburgh State’s Melissa Sheeran was No. 8 with 97 goals. Elizabeth Gibson of Plattsburgh State and Elmira’s Laurd Hurd were tied for the top spot with 120 career goals. Conway had two goals and two assists in three games during the week she broke the Norwich career goal-scoring record and she shared New England Hockey Conference player of the week honors with teammate Ingrid Holstad-Berge. It was Conway’s third NEHC player of the week award this season and the 11th of her Norwich career.
Conway said her time with the Shamrocks helped prepare her to make the jump to college hockey.
“I wanted tougher competition than I could get playing high school hockey, and playing for the Shamrocks did that,” she said.
“Am I shocked I’ve done so well for Norwich? Yes and no. I have confidence in my abilities. Mostly, I’m grateful for the opportunities Norwich has given me.”
Conway said she was looking for a small school with strong academics and a solid hockey program when she was considering her college choice, and Norwich provided both.
Technology connected her with the Northfield, Vt., school. “I made my first contract with Norwich through an email,” she said.
Conway will graduate from Norwich -- most likely this fall -- with a degree in psychology. She’s thinking of becoming a police officer and/or a hockey coach.
The 23-year-old is from a hockey playing family (her two older brothers also played hockey), but she’s the first of the siblings to play college hockey.
Norwich finished the 2019 portion of its schedule with a 10-game winning streak and took a 10-1 record into post-holiday break games. The Cadets were 7-0 in the NEHC with a 40-game conference unbeaten streak.