By Jacob Kanter, The McGill Tribune

Head Coach Marc Mounicot's Martlets never played up to their potential this season, which ended with a 1-0 loss to the top-ranked University of Montreal Carabins in a Quebec conference semifinal.

The Martlets were plagued by a slow start to the season, and at one point were in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time in the program's history. But McGill ended the regular season on a five-game winning streak, securing the fourth seed in the Quebec playoffs.

Given their talent level, the Martlets could have done more with their opportunities this season. Midfielder Vanessa Salasky was named a Quebec first-team all-star, and defenders Katherine Green and Elizabeth Williams, as well as forward Magalie Kolker, were named to the second team. Green was also named Quebec rookie of the year.

And therein lies the Martlets' promise for the future. Though they will lose Salasky and Kolker, Mounicot has some of the best young talent in Quebec at his disposal. In addition to Green, McGill striker Alexandra Morin-Boucher led all Quebec rookies with six goals in 13 games, even though she was nursing an injury all year. Midfielder Laura Gibson and defender Kathleen Wakeling, both freshmen, also made an impact for the Martlets. With such a strong returning core, Mounicot's squad should continue to make the Quebec playoffs, and could challenge for a Nationals berth in the near future.

Tribune MVP: Vanessa Salasky, midfielder

Tribune Player to Watch: Alexandra Morin-Boucher, forward

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