By Theresa Morrissey, Staff Writer
Long Island University Men’s Hockey knew they were getting a star player in graduate student Garrett Metcalf, but they had no idea they would be getting an athlete who would be considered for the best goalkeeper in the NCAA.
Metcalf was named to the 2021 Mike Richter Award Watch List by the Hockey Commissioner’s Association. The Mike Richter award is given annually to the top goalie in men’s NCAA Division 1 hockey. Metcalf was also named the 2020-2021 State-By-State MVP for his home state of Utah by College Hockey Inc.
Metcalf posted several solid statistics in his first season as a shark. Metcalf posted a season-high of 42 saves on Jan 15, 2021, against Army West Point. Metcalf also posted 305 saves and a .900 save pct. Metcalf thought his season was a success.
“I thought the season was good. I enjoyed being a part of this historic season and look forward to watching the program grow over the years. Personally, I felt my play gave our team a chance to win,” he said. “I felt I was peaking right as we had to quarantine and couldn’t find that same level once we got out, but overall I was happy with my season.”
Head Coach Brett Riley had nothing but positive things to say as Metcalf moves on from LIU.
“In the net, Garrett gave us a chance to win on every single night. He made history standing on his head against Holy Cross in our opening night win and proved the legitimacy of the program in a dominant performance over RIT,” he said. “His nomination for the Richter
Award captures his on-ice success here at LIU in such a short period of time. We now wish Garrett much success as he becomes the first player in program history to sign a professional contract.”
Garrett Metcalf has had a great experience with a plethora of memories to take away from his time playing NCAA Hockey.
“It was an emotional last two games for me. My college experience was not what I expected, but I would not have changed it for anything,” he said. “The time goes by fast,so you have to learn to enjoy the little things and treat every day like it could be your last. Because one day you’ll blink your eyes, and your four years will be over.”