But the second time around Friday night, D-East was missing its captain as her season has unfortunately came to an end from an injury.
“It’s a mixed-emotion night for us,” said Unionville coach Dave Elvin. “The two teams are just tremendous rivals — and a friendly rivalry because both teams respect each other from a skill perspective.
“From that point of view, we are very sad to see Stueve not be able to play the end of her senior season. We just have such respect for her and we wish her the best as she goes through her surgery that’s coming up. I know she has basically handed the torch off to the team. That team is going to bounce back through all this.”
Stueve was honored durng pregame festivities as part of D-East’s senior night as she is one of only two graduating — the other being Mallory Norris.
On top of the recognition, Stueve was also honored by taking part in the ceremonial puck drop.
But after that puck drop, Unionville took the reigns and potted 10 goals for a 10-0 rout of D-East.
After being stunned the previous game against Radnor, Unionville used the opportunity to get back on the winning track with the season very quickly winding down.
“We’re going to have a good, tough competition coming up against Strath Haven,” Elvin said. “It’s probably going to help us our tremendously because it’s a very good team. It will help us get our legs as we go into the playoffs, so we’re looking forward to that game. We have another three games to take us into the playoffs and we’ll be ready to go.”
Elvin feels his team has a unique advantage over the competition because this isn’t the only sport the girls play together on.
“We have some kids that play together so much at the Chester County Skating Club and they know each other so well because they also play field hockey and lacrosse together,” he said. “They know how to find each other and it’s just wonderful. I just have a really good group of kids and I’m very proud of them. They’re very unselfish, as seen throughout the season.”