SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ  -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood's girls field hockey team has come a long way in a short period of time. One of the reasons is the play and leadership of Cassidy Novello, this week's Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the Week. 

"Cassidy has come a long way since she started the program with me five years ago as a middle schooler. She has now become a force to be reckoned with on the field. Cassidy has hands down one of the best hits in Union County," Scotch Plains-Fanwood's varsity coach Allie Neidig told TAPintoSPF. "Her defensive approach has become much better, and she now understands the game of field hockey and can read and anticipate what other teams are going to do."

According to the coach, Novello is a key player on offensive corners and has scored 2 goals and has 5 assists. Her ability to play both offense and defense is impressive, and she is one of the strongest defenders that Coach Neidig has had the opportunity to coach thus far. 

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"Cassidy is a leader on and off the field. She is one of our senior captains and has done a great job helping our team get to where we are today," Coach Neidig said. "In addition to being successful with field hockey, Cassidy has also been very successful academically and is a good role model for our younger players to look up to."

Novello had the deciding goal in the Raiders' 1-0 victory over Newark Academy on Saturday, Sept. 21. Earlier in the season, she also had an assist in Scotch Plains-Fanwood's statement game against Westfield on Sept. 7, when the Raiders upset the heavily favored Blue Devils, 2-0. A top defender in the County, Novello is a big reason why Scotch Plains-Fanwood has given up only one goal in the past four games.

"Our captains Cassidy and Erin both took on a leadership role this off-season and held multiple captains practices preparing their teammates for their upcoming season," Coach Neidig added. "I am very proud of Cassidy and how far she’s come with her field hockey career. She is going to be our first collegiate player from our program. It has been a pleasure to coach her and watch her grow."

Joint Motion Physical Therapy is located on Park Ave. across the street from the Stage House Tavern in Scotch Plains and shares a free, handicap accessible parking lot with the Scotch Plains Public Library. Schedule an appointment by calling 908-322-3202, or emailing You can learn more about Joint Motion Physical Therapy at

Joint Motion Physical Therapy
373 Park Ave.
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
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