Oceanside looks to peak for late postseason push
Rockland — The following is a synopsis of the 2014 Oceanside High School field hockey team:
Coach/years coached current team: Joanna Hall, sixth year.
Last year’s record/playoff information: 10-4, fourth in Eastern Class B. The Mariners lost to No. 5 Belfast 2-1 in overtime in the quarterfinals.
Roster: Seniors Alexx Chase (defense), Zoe Billington (goalie), Jackie Thorbjornson (midfield) and Amanda Hoppe (defense); juniors Mary Allen (forward), Michaela Wright (forward), Molly Tobin (forward), Darrian Leonardi (defense), Clara Feltus (forward), Makayla VanBlarcom (forward), Krisandra McNichol (midfield) and Hannah Nickerson (defense); sophomores Shannon Ripley (forward), Ainsley Melkin (forward), Hailey Montgomery (forward), Lauren Hoppe (goalie/midfield), Alexis Mazurek (midfield), Rachel Philbrook (midfield), Jordan Mini (defense) and Leila Chamas (midfield); and freshmen Taylor Hamlin (defense) and Erin Dugan (forward).
Known graduation losses: Isabella Garver and Brooke Dugan.
Significant impact players: While “whatever 11 girls that are on the field at any particular time need to have a significant impact,” Billington, Amanda Hoppe and Thorbjornson are the team captains and will be counted on “to provide the leadership necessary for a great season," the coach said.
Team strengths: Overall team improvement, communication and defending penalty corners.
Team goals: “We want to have fun, we want to stay healthy and we want to be playing our best field hockey at the end of the season," Hall said.
Top league opponents: Winslow, Mount View of Thorndike, Belfast, Camden Hills of Rockport and Nokomis of Newport.
Outlook: Losing talents like Brooke Dugan, a finalist for Courier Publications schoolgirl athlete of the year, along with Garver, are significant. However, Hall is optimistic her team is not only loaded with talent, but “have very high expectations for our best season ever.”
The girls are in great shape and have been working hard, even staying after practice to get more shots in or extra work on corners,” she said. “This team is loaded with talent.”
Returning this year is Thorbjornson, who was having a top-tier season as a junior before injuring her anterior cruciate ligament midway through last season. Hall said not only is Thorbjornson back, but she does not appear affected by the injury.
“She’s had it repaired and she feels pretty good," Hall said.
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