Ramos said Darling has been doing just that since joining the three-game program in her first season.
The veteran coach recalled she came off the bench on her debut against Brooke Point and scored “within seconds”.
Ramos said that’s when he knew Darling would join a decorated list of players at Mountain View that includes Old Dominion junior Megan Watts and East Carolina sophomore Brooke Burzynski.
“I would say she continued the Mountain View tradition of having a player who could give us a 1-0 or 2-0 lead before the game even started,” Ramos said.
West Virginia University head coach Nikki Izzo–Brown signed Darling as a defenseman. Darling signed a national letter of intent with the Mountaineers in November and signed up earlier this month.
She is looking forward to the upcoming fall season after playing just 12 games over the past two years.
Darling said the level of conditioning needed to compete collegially has already been an eye opener. The Mountaineers’ season begins with a home exhibition against Maryland on August 8.
“As soon as I got here I could see it was really a whole other level,” Darling said. “It’s amazing the conditioning we do. I would never say I’ve been out of shape, but it puts into perspective how tough it is at this level. When you think you’re tired, you have to do 110% more.