Stein began watching the program back in 2002 and admitted she wouldn't hang out with anyone on a snow day until the program ended. As an undergraduate, she successfully scheduled classes and sport-related activity around the show and normally did her cardio workout during the 11 a.m.-noon timeslot.
During her final spring break, Stein made it a priority to get to a taping, and on the show. After a five-hour wait in line, the entire crowd of approximately 300 had a 10-15 second interview in hopes of having their name called. No one knew they would be on until they heard their name.
Stein was the first contestant beckoned to "come on down." She missed out on a trip and designer sunglasses before winning a $2,319.00 car audio system and the opportunity to join Drew Carey on stage. The prize was a preview of what was to come -- the once-in-a-lifetime chance to win a car on the popular television show. She just had to correctly guess the price of the SUV by playing "Stack the Deck."
Stein went 3-for-3 in the pricing game, matching a product to a given price to help her determine three numbers in the price of the vehicle. Armed with the knowledge that vehicles on the show are normally cost more than $20,000, Stein used the three numbers to take the final three digits of the price out of play. She then placed the two as the first digit and chose the three instead of the zero and eight for the second. It turned out the zero was the way to go.
"I was obviously extremely bummed," Stein said. "I had come so close to winning the car but seconds after I realized that I was on the show and that was a great experience in itself and that I was going to get to spin the wheel."
Following the commercial break, Stein was the first to spin and landed on $0.70 right away. While the wheel was spinning, Stein had a chance to give a shoutout to her family and friends in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Smith, her boyfriend and her friends in the audience (Emma Camilleri, Tia Karapoulios and Mei-Li Smith). The next contestant spun twice to match Stein's total; however, the final contestant spun a $0.75 to edge both out of the showcase showdown.
Stein has rewritten most of the Smith record book while hauling in NEWMAC All-Conference First Team, NFHCA All-America Second Team, and ECAC Division III New England Second Team accolades in 2013. She also participated in the annual NFHCA Senior All-Star Game.
Stein finished with 29 goals and 16 assists this season, becoming Smith's all-time leading scorer in a 10-1 win against Western New England on Oct. 10. Stein also holds the single-season (18 – 2012) and career records for assists (46), and the single-season record for points (74 – 2013). She's also second all-time in goals (78) and third in a single season (29 – 2013). She eclipsed the 200-point mark for her career against Clark on Nov. 2, becoming the 26th player in DIII history to reach the milestone.
Stein will take home a psychology degree on Sunday.