CROSS RIVER, N.Y. - John Jay field hockey started off the fall season by winning its first three games. Not wanting to get too far ahead of herself, Coach Debbi Walsh still expressed pride with the Wolves’ early break from the pack.
“I’m thrilled with the way we are playing at this time,” she said.
Nonetheless, Walsh was measured about the opening 8-0 victory at Hen Hud on Tuesday, Oct. 13. “The final score definitely does not reflect what took place on the field.”
Walsh credits a few position changes and a refocusing on the John Jay style of play. Then, she said, “We began to see chemistry bloom between players.”
Three goals by Mia Puccio and two each from Annabel Brennan and Zoe Eliades said as much. Kate Mercer and Faye Tobin added assists.
Thursday’s 6-0 victory over Yorktown didn’t have the Wolves waiting for the second period, though.
“This game was a much better start as compared to our previous game,” Walsh said.
Puccio and Mercer had two goals, and Brennan and Eliades each had one. On the pass, Mercer’s three assists were complemented by Brennan’s two and Puccio’s one, and the even distribution left the coach clearly seeing the synergy.
“Everyone is stepping up, and it’s nice to see multiple players assisting and scoring goals,” she said.
On the downside, however, John Jay came up empty on 11 penalty corners.
“We need to work on converting those into goals,” Walsh said.
But she knew John Jay was in for much more to close out the week on Saturday.
“I always know I’m going to get a competitive game when we play Somers, and I wasn’t disappointed,” she said.
A 3-2 home field victory had Brennan, Sophia DiFalco, and Puccio scoring the goals on two assists by Ryan Mellor. Five saves by Samantha Spieler took care of the far end, but John Jay did have to get their toes out of the turf to shift the tide, according to Walsh.
“We were playing flat much of the game, and once our forwards became offensive minded, good things happened for us,” the coach said.
John Jay was scheduled to face Panas and Brewster at home on Wednesday, Oct. 21, and Friday, Oct. 23, respectively.