Raider Review Sports
Teams on pause, but athletes keep training
By Dre Colston
The girl’s field hockey team has a different dynamic this year with their seven seniors leading the team.
This season the team is projected to be one of the favorites in their conference. The team’s record is 5-3-1 and coming off a large win against Carlisle.
“It felt like we had just won the state championship,” said Coach Kelly, “scoring on a last minute goal by Morgan Sturm (’17) was the best feeling ever.”
Sturm agrees with her coach’s sentiment.
“It felt really good to score that goal,” she said. “I couldn’t have done it without my teammates and I am really grateful to them that they set me up for that opportunity.”
That win would not have been possible without the seniors, who are Sarah Shaff, Annie Elwell, Meg Evett, Avery Sturm, Madison Bloomfield, Kerin Daly, and goalkeeper Anna Robinson. Shaff in particular has taken her leadership role to heart.
"Sarah is a great captain, she keeps us focused and keeps our energy up," said Annie Elwell who also plays defense, "She's like a wall on defense, she's always where she supposed to be on the field and she's got great hits for transferring the ball."
Shaff is a captain on the team who anchors the defense.
“Sarah has been a leader on the team as long as I’ve been here,” said Head Coach Katherine Kelly, “Sarah plays in the back of the field which makes me feel a lot better with having her back there to stop the ball.” Shaff joined the varsity field hockey team as a sophomore adding to the team dynamic right away.
"I've been playing field hockey seven years," Shaff said, "I have enjoyed every moment of it." Shaff finds field hockey more enjoyable than any other sport, even though she does play soccer and basketball.
"I like field hockey because it's unique," she said, "Not many people can play field hockey considering it is a foreign sport."
Shaff has been playing field hockey for three years and has worked her way to a captain spot.
"I feel good that people actually have trust in me to be the captain," she said. "I'm actually surprised I was voted captain. It felt really good that my teammates have faith in me."
Shaff has been starting on the defense for two years and been contributing greatly with her leadership and teamwork.
"I like defense because that's what I'm good at well that's what I'm the best at," she said. "I also play with one of the best defenses in the conference in my opinion."
Avery Sturm, who has been playing with Shaff for four years, has loved every year with her.
"Sarah is not only a great friend and teammate but also an amazing captain,” Sturm said. “She always puts herself before others and she encourages us all to play our hardest every game."
The girl’s next challenge will be to take on Trinity Episcopal on homecoming day at 12:00 p.m.
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