Darbi Poole, the daughter of Robin and Dana Poole came to the Fremont, Neb. school just after Christmas last winter from Michigan’s Aquinas College. This time around, the skilled forward is fifth in points, as of Monday, on the highly ranked American Collegiate Hockey Association Division I team.
“This season Darbi continues to impress, averaging close to a point per game,” Midland head coach Jason White said. “With her natural scoring ability and powerful shot, she stands out for her exceptional work ethic and high hockey IQ, making her one of the team's top performers.”
In 25 games, Poole has accumulated 18 points. She has lit the lamp eight times. What has allowed her to put up points this season?
“I think just being in the league for a season helped me gain experience and confidence along with enjoying myself and having fun on the ice,” said Poole, who is also an accomplished baseball player.
As of Jan. 28, Midland University topped the ACHA Div. 1 women’s national rankings. It entered the week with a 23-0-0-2 record.
“Our team is having a good season so far and it's exciting to be a part of all the success. We are a very close group of girls that have fun together. I have also enjoyed being more a part of some key roles this year like special teams,” said Poole, who has three powerplay goals this season.
After transferring to Midland University during the 2022-2023 season, Poole certainly made an impact. Poole had two goals and three points in 14 games last season with the Warriors.
White said, “she scored one of the most significant goals in our program's history against Liberty University, securing the game-winning goal for our first (Women's Midwest College Hockey) Championship. Poole helped the Warriors make it to the semifinals of ACHA Division I national tournament.
At Midland University, Poole is majoring in agribusiness. She noted her interest in the field was sparked by growing up around agriculture.
“Nebraska is a big farming state and Midland has lots of opportunities to visit businesses and learn more about the field,” Poole said.
While she is far from home, Poole knows she has the backing of her family.
“My family has supported me throughout my whole life, whether it was taking me to practice, supporting my decisions, or encouraging me to do my best,” she said.