SOMERS, N.Y.— Jaime Pryschlak enters her second season as Somers’ varsity field hockey coach and is looking for the Tuskers to take a step forward.
Somers finished with a 6-8-4 mark in 2015 and fell to seven-time defending state champion Lakeland in the Section 1 Class B quarterfinals.
“We would like to improve our record from last year and make it further in postseason play,” Pryschlak said of the team’s goals this season.
Seniors Taylor Turchick and Katie Campbell are key returnees who will pace the Tuskers at the forward position.
“[Taylor] has great stick skills and speed and good knowledge of the game,” said Pryschlak, who is also the varsity girls lacrosse coach at Somers. “Katie’s explosive and knows where to be off ball. She has great game sense and sees ahead.”
Senior midfielder MaryKate Mollaghan is a smart player who is critical in transitioning the ball up the field to the forwards, Pryschlak said.
Teagan Lucchese, a junior who plays both forward and midfield, brings tremendous speed and stick skills to the table.
“She’s sneaky on the offensive end,” Pryschlak said.
The Tuskers return their entire defense and Pryschlak is hoping it will be a strength. Returning senior Emma MacNeil is a key leader defensively.
“Grace Farina will anchor our defense at center back,” Pryschlak said. “Julie Curran and Natalie Flood also come back with varsity experience and knowledge and will help lead our defense.”
Senior Jess Monaco will start in goal for the Tuskers.
“This is her second year playing and she has quickly adapted to her role,” Pryschlak said of Monaco, who is also the goalie for the girls lacrosse squad. “She has great game sense and sees the field very well. With our strong defense in front of her, I am confident Jess will be a strong leader in goal.”
Somers opens the season when it hosts Yorktown at 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2 in the opening round of the Tuskers’ tournament.
“Our strong point will be team chemistry,” Pryschlak said. “The girls are very eager and excited to start the season and have been training hard.”