Meghan Agosta (Contributed photo/Olympic.ca)
Four years later, Christine Bestland
still looks on in awe as Meghan Agosta-Marciano
works her magic.
The former Mercyhurst University hockey star’s knack for making everything on and off the ice appear easy never gets old for Bestland, her former Lakers teammate.
That’s because Bestland, now the Lakers’ senior captain who has played alongside Agosta at Canadian National Team camps, has witnessed the secret to the three-time Olympian and two-time gold-medal winner’s success. “She has talent that came easy to her,” Bestland said. “But you know behind the scenes she’s working hard.”
Agosta, a leader on a Canadian National Team vying for a fourth
Christine Bestland (Contributed/Mercyhurst University)
straight Olympic gold medal in Sochi, Russia, always has been arguably the most gifted athlete in the sport every step of the way – a phenom, as Lakers head coach Michael Sisti
said. She was “a better skater than most of the other players, if not all the other players,” he said. “What separates her from almost any female player in the world is her first three strides. She obviously has great skills, great hands, a good mind for the game. But I think those three steps enable her to get to pucks and possess the puck so much more than everyone else.”
Then add in the skill, work ethic and desire to take her game to the highest level, which has Agosta on the path to being the most decorated player in women’s hockey history.
Michael Sisti (Contributed/Mercyhurst University)
“That was her goal – to be regarded as one of the best,” Sisti said of Agosta-Marciano, who holds several NCAA career records, including the most goals (157) and points (300). She’s the only player in the NCAA era to top the 300-point mark. She also has a most valuable player award in the Olympics, earned at the 2010 Games in Vancouver after scoring a record nine goals in the tournament. Agosta, a native of Leamington, Ontario, has earned 13 medals – eight of them gold – in international events – over the past decade.
Agosta turns 27 on Wednesday, the day Canada meets the rival United States in a key preliminary-round game in Sochi, Russia. So Sisti figures she could play in another two or three Olympics in the future. “That would be just amazing to see,” he said. “It’s been great for us just watching her grow, mature and get better every year.”
Bestland, 21, a native of Brunkild, Manitoba, played alongside Agosta at a national team camp in Calgary this past summer. “She’s improved even more,” Bestland said.
Perhaps the best is yet to come from Agosta. “With everything she’s accomplished,” Sisti said, “she certainly has earned the right to be considered one of (the best) players.”
- Victor Fernandes
Olympic women’s hockey
Who: Canada (2-0) vs. United States (2-0)
When: Wednesday, 7 a.m.
Where: Sochi, Russia
TV: NBC Sports Network*
* DirecTV – Channel 220, DISH Network – Channel 159, Time Warner Cable – Channel 324
Note: Former Mercyhurst star Meghan Agosta-Marciano has one point, a goal, in two games.
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