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Falcon field hockey preview
RUMFORD -- The presence of experience is a strong asset and the Mountain Valley field hockey team will have abundance this fall.
This will hopefully provide a boost and serve as a major incentive for the current Lady Falcons, who finished the regular season with a 9-5 record; bowing to Leavitt 2-0 in playoffs.
There are 13 returning lettermen, including leading scorer Nicole Burgess, who relied on shifty moves and breakaway speed. She’ll be joined by senior midfielders Ayla Allen and Chelsea Bordeau, and jrs. Makenzie Gallant and Alexa Fryover, who will need to advance the ball into the circle.
“The varsity is working to fine tune their individual skills as well as their team play,”head coach Melissa Forbes said. “A strength for us has been the return of many experienced field hockey players this year, and are expected to be quite competitive in the (MVC).”
Burgess, a junior, will be joined on the frontline by seniors Becca Maifeld (forward), Whitney Ruff (wing) and Sam Glover (wing) and jr. Peyton Provencher (wing).
Midfielder Kim Couch and Liz Glover each graduated.
The defense will be a strong point with fourth-year starting goalie Emily Gallant. She’ll be fronted by seniors (sweep) Sidney Yahn and (fullbacks) MaKayla White and Chelsea Gauvin. It will extremely important for this unit to communicate with each other and maintain proper spacing on the field.
With so many returning, it will provide the lineup with more versatility.
“I hope all goes well for them,” said Forbes. “This is a special group, who have been playing along side each other.”
Long time assistant coach Amy DeVivo returns also.
Points of emphasis, during preseason were working on defensive skills and teamwork.
Promising newcomers include juniors Adriana Gorham (midfielder), Vanessa Sweat (midfielder), Taylor Dickson (wing), Morgan Duguay (goalie), Kristen Brown (fullback), Meagan Worthley (S), and Amanda Thurston (midfielder); So. Nikki Couch (wing/forward), Alyson Carlton (forward), Kayla Pingree (forward) and Ellie Hall (midfielder). Freshmen include Carita DeTellis, Sam Blanchard and Kayla Drapeau.
Forbes said, “We expect the usual tough opponents in Winthrop, Telstar and now Spruce Mountain. They have great programs and coaches.”
The Mountain Valley went unbeaten (3-0-2) during a play day in Southern Maine on turf. They beat Yarmouth, Greely and Freeport and tied with Belfast and York.