NORTH SALEM, N.Y.— In what was considered a rebuilding season with many new faces, North Salem field hockey exceeded expectations last year, reaching the Section 1 Class C semifinals before falling to eventual champion Bronxville.
The Tigers finished 10-5-3 and will return a number of key players in 2017.
“For the first time in my 20 years coaching, we had no seniors on our team last year and therefore are just building onto the team that was already formed last year,” North Salem coach Jennifer Frohman said. “We added a few players from JV, a transfer from John Jay-Cross River and a talented freshman, and hope to just continue to grow as a team.”
A group of talented stickhandlers will look to put the ball in the back of the net at forward in junior Isabela Fox-Mills, sophomore Allison Eberhardt, freshman Juliet Serra, senior Mariana Alpizar, senior Analisa Posa and senior Hailey Starace.
The midfield will be a strength for the Tigers, led by senior Charlie Reiner, senior Jessica Reiner, Alpizar, junior Emma Cindrich and junior newcomer Sophia Cocking, who is the transfer from John Jay.
Kaitlyn Thayer, a senior, is an anchor on defense with junior Ally O’Sullivan, senior Hannah Houlihan, senior Natalie Intrieri, senior Daphne Dong, junior Alyssa Freedman and junior Elle Da Silva also expected to be contributors on the defense.
“Their ability to contain the offense, step to the ball and begin our offensive runs down the field are make them a strong, solid unit,” Frohman said.
Olivia DeSanto, a senior, returns in between the pipes and brings quick feet and solid clears, Frohman said. Senior Molly McGuinness will back DeSanto up.
“The combination of our excellent midfield and backs with our quick-thinking goalies will hopefully make it difficult for teams to score,” Frohman said.
North Salem will travel to Putnam Valley for a 4:15 p.m. game on Monday, Sept. 11. Two days later the Tigers host Valhalla at the same time.
“This season we are looking to improve our overall play, transition the ball faster and take advantage of our scoring opportunities,” Frohman said. “We also know we need to play our best in every game 100 percent of the time. This team is looking to be in the sectional finals and win for the first time since 2002. They are an extremely motivated bunch who work well together and are a pleasure to coach. We have the ingredients to be a contender in the finals. It’s now up to the girls to put it all together.”