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Girls’ field hockey prepares for comeback season

Posted By Jason Yoffe On September 24, 2008 @ 9:33 pm In Sports | Comments Disabled

The girls’ field hockey team seems optimistic heading into a new season. The team, led by senior captains Emily Heeren, Molly Shmerling and Hannah Freedman, is looking to use last year’s troubles as motivation towards a winning season this year. “Coming back after last season just makes us stronger,” Heeren said. “We work hard every day and we are determined to have something to show for all our efforts this year.”

The players believe that their 0-14-1 record last year did not reflect the hard work they put into their season, and they now look to turn their determination into wins.

The team has made several improvements heading into this season. The addition of junior varsity coach James Norton brings new life to the team.

“Mr. Norton is really nice,” varsity midfielder Rebecca Raftery said. “He’s learning to play the game too, which makes it a lot easier on the J.V. players.”

During the offseason, the team also added a new varsity goalie, Lauren Christopher. Although she is only a rookie, Christopher plays comfortably in net, giving her team a greater opportunity to win. “She suddenly came on the team, and she knows so much about the game,” Raftery said.

Head coach Kathleen Marucci hopes her team’s endurance and speed will compensate for its lack of offense. Marucci hopes forward Freedman will generate some goals this season. Shmerling should also add to the team’s defensive prowess by helping to keep the opposition away.

Though they have only scored one goal, the players remain focused on their abilities and continue to work hard to put points on the scoreboard.

The 2008 schedule averages two or three games per week. The squad has some games on its schedule against less-formidable opponents such as Brookline and Bedford. The players believe that these matches will present the greatest chance of winning, whereas Acton-Boxboro, Lincoln-Sudbury, Wayland and Weston present some of the greatest challenges.

Although South’s field is not turf, many of their opponents have turf fields, and the girls will take any advantage they can get. During the month of October, the team will practice at an indoor facility to help the girls acclimate to turf.

Marucci hopes to keep her players confident and motivated. Before games and practices, Marucci has the players visualize scoring a goal or making a key play during an upcoming game.

Her discipline keeps the team alert and aware. “She’s pretty tough, at first,” Raftery said. “But she’s brought the team pretty far.” Coach Marucci aims to lead the team to a winning season and avenge last year’s upsetting record.

The girls’ field hockey team will rely heavily on teamwork to win. Veterans are pleased to have a mostly new group this year. “The team works really well together; we push each other and help one another improve,” Heeren said. This South team is eager to record their first victory of the season, and rid themselves of the stigma of last year’s winless season.

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