University of New Hampshire women’s hockey players Megan Armstrong and Alexis Crossley will transfer from Durham in the wake of the firing of their former head coach, Brian McCloskey.
Crossley, of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, will go to Boston University, while Armstrong, of Edina, Minn., is going to St. Lawrence University. Both are entering their junior year.
The former Wildcat defensemen said that the aftermath of McCloskey’s firing led to their decision. They each said they were eager for a fresh start at a new school with a more stable environment than the one in Durham. Until last week, the team still did not have a head coach.
After McCloskey was fired on Dec. 5 for “inappropriate physical contact with a player on the bench” during a home game against Ohio State on Nov. 30, the Wildcats went 3-13, losing the last ten games on their schedule. In the Hockey East tournament, they lost 8-1 to Boston College.
“I love Durham. I’m going to miss it,” Armstrong said. “But at the same time I just need to get good grades and get out of here and start fresh up there.”
Crossley called her final months at UNH “bittersweet.”