NEWTON, NJ—The Newton High School field hockey team is looking forward to a successful 2019-2020 with 11 returning starters and eight new varsity players.

“We are looking to remain competitive in the NJAC conference,” Head Coach Lisa Bechtel said.  “We are also looking to make a re-appearance in the Group 1 Section 1 finals.”

According to Bechtel,  in her 30th season coaching at Newton High School, the groups’ major strength is that they have an “experienced and competent goal keeper” and the group is “lead by a highly motivated group of seniors, along with having strong forwards.”

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The returning players for this season are:

Seniors

  • Abbey Berkowitz Goalie, in 2018 she had 175 shots taken on her, 153 saves, GAA= .1, Save percentage was .87, with 12 shut outs
  • Emily Pappas at half back
  • Angela Melillo at forward/midfield, with six goals and one assist
  • Dominique Simeone at midfield with four assists
  • Aubrey White at half back
  • Erin Fucito and mid-fielder and half back

Juniors

  • Elissar Abou-Jaoude at forward with one goal and two assists last season  
  • Sammie DeIorio at forward/midfield with two assists

Sophomores

  • Julia Fitt at forward with two goals
  • Bridget Kerrick at forward with one goal and one assist
  • Sidney Pavlishin at forward with three goals and seven assists

Some of the top newcomers include the following players:

Seniors: 

  • Krista Leonardo
  • Sami Samiljan
  • Jess Vasquez

Juniors:

  • Naya Pereira

Sophomores: 

  • Julia Decker
  • Abigail Nicholas
  • Maddie Freda
  • Corrine Crowley

The Lady Braves had five key starters graduate last spring. They include Lauren Barbato now playing at Susquehanna University, Carly DeIorio, Victoria Docherty now playing at Ramapo College, Jade Luciani and Lily Widgren. Two other key losses include seniors Amy Fehr and Madison Latimer.  

“As in years past, the area teams to watch are Vernon and Hackettstown,” Bechtel said.

Bechtel and the Lady Braves ended the 2018-2019 season with a 15-6-1 record and were the Group 1, North 1 Sectional Champions. Bechtel has an overall record of 420-151-19.

The Lady Braves will start their season with an away game against Hackettstown on Wednesday, September 4 beginning at 4 p.m.