SOMERS, N.Y.— Somers’ varsity field hockey team already has more wins than it did last season and is off to its best start in over 10 years with a 7-1-1 record.
The Tuskers celebrated their homecoming game in style by cruising past visiting Hendrick Hudson 6-0 on Friday, Sept. 23.
Somers coach Jaime Pryschlak said the team’s commitment during the offseason has been a key to their success.
“A lot more kids started playing in the offseason and have been keeping the stick in their hand,” Pryschlak said. “Their I.Q. has grown. They understand the game a little bit more and they’re able to share that more with their teammates. The other kids who don’t play year-round are able to learn from them.”
Michelle Croen gave Somers a 1-0 lead with 22:22 left in the first half when she buried a rebound.
Just a few minutes later, Katie Campbell, a senior captain, extended the lead on a corner with fellow senior captain MaryKate Mollaghan recording the assist.
“It was a scrum and we were all just trying to get it in,” Campbell said.”I just lifted it up and over the goalie and it went in. This win was really important. Especially as seniors, our last homecoming, we really wanted to make it a memorable one. I think we definitely did that and I’m really proud of how our team played.”
Allison Colavito made it 3-0, which was the lead that Somers took into halftime.
“We’ve been communicating really well,” Campbell said of the fast start. “We’ve been working very hard in practice and it’s definitely been showing in our games. We’re cutting to the ball more, looking up to where we pass and just talking to each other.”
Grace Farina gave the Tuskers a 4-0 lead, then senior captain Taylor Turchick scored on a feed from Teagan Lucchese.
“Our spacing was better than it’s been and we’ve playing better as a team,” Pryschlak said. “We’re just playing our roles and positions better instead of just everyone trying to be that person that does it. We’ve learned to trust each other and build chemistry. We know our teammates are going to be there when we make the pass.”
Campbell, who finished with two goals, put the icing on the cake to make it 6-0.
Hen Hud didn’t record a shot on goal on Jess Monaco in a game where the Tuskers dominated possession and played well defensively.
“Our defense is awesome,” Campbell said. “They’re great at getting the ball out. They work together so well. Everybody, not just the starters. When the subs come in, they’re really fluid and have been doing so well this season. We’ve allowed very few points. Jess is playing awesome too.”
Pryschlak is also pleased with the play of the defense.
“My defense has been solid,” Pryschlak said. “They’re all returning players. I have two seniors who have been playing. Grace Farina is our center back and she holds it down. She protects our goalie.”
Somers defeated visiting John Jay-Cross River 4-2 on Sept. 21 behind two goals and an assist from Campbell. Turchick and Emma Kittredge also scored, while Lucchese had an assist. Monaco made four saves.
The Tuskers travel to John Jay-CR for a 4:15 p.m. game on Sept. 29 and will hit the road again when they head to Nyack for a 3 p.m. contest two days later.
“It’s definitely our team chemistry,” Campbell said of the key to the team’s success. “We all work together and we all want each other to succeed, not just ourselves. I think it’s also the hard work we’ve been putting in at practice has really turned our season around and made it go uphill.”