Despite graduation losses, Mariners have solid mix of players
Rockland — The following is a synopsis of the 2013 Oceanside High School field hockey team:
Coach/years coached current team: Joanna Hall, fifth year (three years with Oceanside, the others with Rockland and Rockland/Georges Valley combination).
Last year's record/playoff information: 8-4-2, No. 7 seed in Eastern Class B. The Mariners were downed by No. 2 Nokomis of Newport 3-0 in the quarterfinals.
Roster: Seniors Brooke Dugan (midfield) and Isabella Garver (forward); juniors Amanda Hoppe (defense), Zoe Billington (goalie), Janelle Fowlie (forward), Jackie Thorbjornson (midfield) and Rebecca Freeman (forward); sophomores Makayla VanBlarcom (forward), Krissy McNichol (midfield), Mary Allen (forward), Clara Feltis (forward), Darrian Leonardi (defense) and Molly Tobin (midfield); and freshmen Alexis Mazurek (defense) Lauren Hoppe (goalie).
Notable graduation losses: Hannah Plourde, Casey Carroll, Emma Davis, Phoebe Ferraiolo, Lily Feltus, Shale Peters, Molly Mellor, Zoe Proctor, Danielle Bedard and Erika Tardiff.
Significant impact players: Dugan, Garver, Billington, Amanda Hoppe and Thorbjornson.
Team strengths: Passing, aggressive offensive tactics and youth.
Team goals: To finish among the top three in Eastern Class B.
Top league opponents: Leavitt of Turner, Gardiner, Nokomis, Winslow, Belfast and Mount View of Thorndike.
Outlook: Despite graduating 10 seniors from last year's team, the Mariners, who have a solid mixture of youth and veteran leadership, are upbeat and optimistic about their chances this season.
“We're just trying to work hard and figure out who's going to rise to the top and be our starters,” said Hall. “The girls are still trying to win those starting positions.”
Hall said the team lost several key components to graduation last year, none bigger than Davis, whom she called the team's “sparkplug.” While it remains to be seen who will fill that role, Hall expects Garver and Dugan to be the leaders on this year's squad.
“Brooke Dugan just won a state championship with softball [in the spring],” Hall said. “She knows what it's like [and what it takes].”
The veteran coach said Billington “has really put in a lot of time, has worked really hard and she's shown a lot of improvement” in the cage, which will help the Mariners mightily against Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B foes.
“The four games we lost in the regular season [last year] were one-goal games, including our game against [eventual state Class B champion] Leavitt,” said Hall. “We were right there.”
The Mariners may find themselves right there again by season's end.
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