Success hasn’t taken Miye D’Oench too far from home. The Metropolitan Riveters forward grew up in the heart of New York, and with a hometown jersey, she won her first professional title in front of Big Apple fans.
"It was amazing," D’Oench said after the Riveters defeated the Buffalo Beauts, 1-0, to capture the NWHL championship March 25 at Barnabas Health Hockey House in Newark, N.J.. "The crowd was bumping. We appreciate every single person who came. It was such a great atmosphere."
The Riveters were the top seed in the playoffs, earning home ice throughout the postseason. For former Harvard star D’Oench, that meant playing in front of a large group of supporters who have seen her career develop in the region.
"I love it," she said. "I love it. I’m a true New Yorker and very proud of that. I grew up in New York. It’s something special to play for this team."
D’Oench, who was drafted by the Boston Pride and traded to the then-New York Riveters before the 2016-2017 season, was on the ice for the game’s only tally.