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Cougar field hockey preview
DIXFIELD -- It requires hard work and a positive attitude to get ahead. The Dirigo field hockey team recognizes a glimmer of hope awaits on the horizon. Now, it’s just a matter of being willing to take advantage of the situation.
The wins decreased last fall but this team returns several veterans and the feeder program continues to generate positive results.
“We excited for the year,” said coach Gretchen Curtis, who replaced Erin Leathers. This is Errinton’s fourth year overall.
The veterans include seniors Betsy Noyes, Alyssa Charity, Megan Jordan and Sam Blanchette. Dani Ranger, Kate Bonnie, Brooke Holmquist and Raylee Litalien,
Errington doesn’t anticipate changes because coaching philosophies that she has developed throughout the years can be utilized effectively still.
“Practice hard and play hard in the game,” said Errington. “At the varsity level, the girls that show up to practice and work hard to develop their skills will play in the game.”
Errington and assistant coach Sarah Johnson held a summer camp for both middle school and high school girls. The creation of the feeder system at the middle school is providing the younger players with an opportunity to grasp the fundamentals and is benefiting the high school team.
Key losses were Hannah Knight, Colette McKeen and Meri Brown.
The transition will begin on defense, Holmquist and Litalien each shined as freshmen. Besty Noyes, who switched over from soccer last fall, proved to be a solid goaltender. The midfielders must gain ball control, so others need to step up.
Fortunately, there are several promising newcomers who could step in and contribute, include jr. Lexi Noyes, and sophs. Kelsey Wilson, Brittany LaPointe, Haley Jamison, Britney Ellis and Grace Hebert.
"I am very excited to have such a young team and be able to watch them grow throughout the season," said Errington.
Dirigo will be out to make strides in the Mountain Valley Conference, however, they are a very young team and will look to gain confidence and build skills with each game. With only four returning seniors, some games against top tier teams will be tough, but will result in valuable experience for the core of younger players.