NORTH SALEM, N.Y. —The focus of the summer season for the North Salem field hockey team is on learning, according to Coach Jennifer Frohman.
 For many of the players who will play during the academic year, the summer is a chance to see how other teams approach the game, and bring back new skills with a chance to try them out. 

This year, North Salem saw seven seniors graduate, which leaves a big gap for the rising players to fill, Frohman said.

“Filling their shoes has been one of our biggest struggles— and that is a realization every Summer,” she said.

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 Despite that struggle, she said their summer season has been successful. “I’ve seen many players step up and step into new things that they haven’t done before,” she said.

North Salem played a final against Mahopac on Thursday, July 25, which ended in a victorious shootout after a 2-2 tie in regulation. Going into the shootout, the team felt comfortable, Frohman said.

The “Best-of-Three” shootout had three successful shots by North Salem, and all three shots by Mahopac were blocked by their goalie—who was filling in from the Yorktown team. 

“We’ve grown from the beginning of the summer until now,” Frohman. “The girls are feeling more comfortable stepping into new roles,” Frohman said. North Salem’s summer season wrapped up Friday, July 27, when they lost to Rondout Valley in the finals, 3-1.