HARVARD — The Bromfield field hockey team has become perennial post-season participants and veteran coach Sue Silver has a squad on hand this season that should be able to continue that trend. Graduation cost the Lady Trojans the services of center midfielder Sarah Collins, but the team appears strong especially at the defensive end of the field.
“There is no question that our defense is a team strength,” said Silver. “I like the leadership on this team and the chemistry among the girls. They work hard and understand their roles. We also have a strong group of upperclassmen and I am looking forward to these seniors and juniors working together.”
Senior Tory Sowizral brings talent and experience to a crucial position as the starting goaltender for the third season.
“Tory is experienced and hard working and wants to improve,” said Silver. “She played club in the off-season and is dedicated to the game. She is fundamentally sound, handles angles well and does a nice job of communicating with her teammates.”
Sowizral will be supported in the defensive end by an experienced corps that includes senior sweeper Katherine Friedrich, and senior halfbacks Eva Kenna, Elizabeth Smetana and Nissa Maki.
“Katherine has size, speed and is very skilled and she is the best all-around player on the team,” said Silver. “She is a smart player who sees the field well. She plays year- round and is the cornerstone of our defense. Eva is in her fourth varsity season and she is always in the right position. She is consistent and steady and does a nice job of playing within herself. Elizabeth is a captain and is also in her fourth varsity season. She is experienced, has a strong hit and is very quick. She is a versatile player who provides great leadership. She has the ability to motivate and is a positive influence on the team. Nissa came off the bench last season and she got good playing time. She is quick, determined and marks well.”
Adding depth in the defensive end will be senior Madison Pesa, and juniors Allie Sirrine, Erin Molinaro, Katie Loveluk and back-up goaltender Katie Drummey.
“Madison is experienced and consistent,” said Silver. “Allie is tenacious and determined and will see a lot of time. Erin came off the bench last year and has the versatility to play either sweeper or halfback. She really understands the game. Katie is looking to create a niche after playing JV last year while Katie is also up from the JV team and I have faith in her and her ability.”
The three starting midfielders figure to be senior captain Jordan Day on the left, sophomore Haley Newsham in the middle and senior Kaitlin Wang on the right.
“Jordan is experienced and is playing her fourth varsity season,” said Silver. “She is athletic and hard working and works well with the forwards. She always does the right thing. Haley came off the bench last season and she has excellent stickwork. She understands the game and has shown maturity in stepping in the big shoes of Collins. Kaitlin is a returning starter, who provides experience and outstanding speed.”
A pair of players adding strength at midfield are junior Mackenzie Grant and sophomore Laura Jarvis.
“Mackenzie was injured much of last season and came off the bench,” said Silver. “She is a consistent player who works hard. Laura also came off the bench last season and figures to get significant playing time. She has a hard drive and good stickwork.”
A quartet of junior forwards are looking to make their mark up front — Caroline Mazzola, Anna Hadorn, Sarah Andrews, and Carolyn Tracey.
“All of them have good speed and decent stickwork,” said Silver. “They love the game and are hungry to score. I like the aggressiveness they play with and they all have an offensive mindset.
Senior Maggie Rooney adds depth up front.
“Maggie played for the first time last year,” said Silver. “She has good speed and is positive all the time. She is a great teammate. The forwards will probably equal playing time and how they play will help to establish a pecking order.”
What are the concerns entering the season?
“Scoring goals,” said Silver. “But the potential is there and there are a number of girls who could step up. Our scoring should be more spread out than it was last season. Our goal is to win the league championship, and I think that goal is realistic. I really enjoy this group of girls and the leaders on this team understand what needs to be done to succeed.”