The following is a synopsis of the 2011 Oceanside High School varsity field hockey squad:

Team: Oceanside field hockey.

Coach/years coached current team: Joanna Hall, three years (coached Rockland/Georges Valley cooperative team last season and Rockland the year before that).

Last year’s record/playoff information: 4-8-1, ninth in Eastern Class B. Rockland/Georges Valley did not qualify for the playoffs.

Roster: Seniors Crystal Tyndall (forward), Allison Ward (midfield), Brooke Fournier (forward), Madison Sturks (back), Samantha Heald (midfield), Rachel Freeman (midfield) and Ciara Smalley (goalie); juniors Emma Davis (midfield), Hannah Plourde (forward), Chelsea Keyes (forward), Lily Feltus (forward), Shelby Fogg (back), Casey Carroll (back), Phoebe Ferraiolo (back) and Molly Mellor (forward); sophomores Isabella Garver (forward) and Brooke Dugan (midfield); and freshmen Amanda Hoppe (back), Payton Billingsley (midfield) and Jackie Thorbjornson (midfield).

Graduation losses: Colleen Haskell and Reilly Cousins.

Significant impact players: Smalley, Ward, Sturks, Mellor, Plourde, Fournier and Garver.

Team strengths: Depth and team unity.

Team goals: To earn a spot in the Eastern Class B playoffs and make a strong postseason run.

Top league opponents: Nokomis of Newport, Gardiner and Leavitt of Turner.

Outlook: Last season, as Rockland/Georges Valley, Hall’s team made significant strides as the first varsity athletic team in Regional School Unit 13 to consolidate. This year, the Mariners hope to take the next step: Namely to find themselves in the Eastern Class B playoffs by season’s end.

“We’re expecting that every time we step on the field, we’re going to be competitive,” said Hall. “No matter who it’s against. In the past we’ve struggled with being consistent in our play, and we’re looking to improve on that this year.”

Schedule:

9/1/11 – Oceanside at Erskine Academy – 4 p.m.

9/3/11 – Waterville at Oceanside – 10 a.m.

9/6/11 – Oak Hill at Oceanside – 4 p.m.

9/8/11 – Maranacook at Oceanside – 4 p.m.

9/13/11 – Nokomis at Oceanside – 4 p.m.

9/15/11 – Oceanside at Leavitt – 4 p.m.

9/20/11 – Mount View at Oceanside – 4 p.m.

9/22/11 – Oceanside at Morse – 4 p.m.

9/24/11 – Oceanside at Gardiner – 11 a.m.

9/27/11 – Mount Blue at Oceanside – 4 p.m.

9/29/11 – Oceanside at Maine Central Institute – 4 p.m.

10/1/11 – Oceanside at Winslow – 10 a.m.

10/6/11 – Belfast at Oceanside – 3:30 p.m.

10/8/11 – Oceanside at Camden Hills – noon.

VillageSoup sports staff can be reached by phone at 207-594-4401 or by email at sports@villagesoup.com.