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May 9, 2013

Slein will attend the Air Force Academy

Stick-ing it to the competition

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“He’s a huge inspiration to me because he actually went to West Point,” she said.

“He’s helped me a lot and given me a lot of advice (about being in the military),” Slein added about Cino. “So we keep in touch. I’d say our families are pretty good friends.”

Central junior Kelly Daigle added about Slein: “She is one of the best captains I’ve ever had on any of the teams I’ve been on. All three captains this year are very strong captains. Colleen is a great person overall. She has a nice personality and is funny but she can be serious and get us in line when we need to be put in order. And the fact that she’s going into the Air Force, it’s just great. It’s a great path for her to take.”

Central success

Slein has seen a lot of improvement with Central since she joined the program as a freshman. Central entered this week having gone 68-32-1 since its inaugural season in 2008.

“In the past four years I’ve definitely seen progression from a team that was weak fundamentally and now we’re really strong fundamentally and we’re beginning to work as a team passing around,” Slein said. “And our transition looks great. So I’m excited. It just keeps getting better.”

Central’s offense this year has been anchored in large part by attacker Kelly Daigle, who already has surpassed the 30 goals she had last year and had an eight-goal performance late in April in a win over Arlington.

The eight goals was her career high.

“I didn’t really even know how many I was scoring,” Daigle said.

“I was just getting the opportunities, getting open and getting the passes and putting them in. We had come off a loss and we were all pumped up and wanted to come back strong. And we came back strong against Arlington.”

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