SOMERS, N.Y. – It was a memorable season for Somers’ field hockey team in 2019. The Tuskers reached the Section 1 Class B finals and trailed just 1-0 at halftime to powerhouse Lakeland. They went on to fall 4-0, concluding their campaign with an 11-4-4 record.
Fast forward to 2020 and Somers has a new head coach in Amy Magaletti, who was the assistant coach last season under Michelle Armstrong. Magaletti previously coached at Rye Neck, where she was the varsity head coach.
“As a coach I want to develop not only the student-athlete but the person,” Magaletti said of her coaching philosophy. “I want the girls to trust their own instincts as well as their teammates. We are a unit that can accomplish more together.”
The start of the season has been delayed by over a month due to COVID-19. Players must wear masks during practices and games. Coaches have also had to adopt new practice methods.
“COVID-19 has changed the style of practice to help make sure our student-athletes stay safe and healthy,” Magaletti said. “We are following the guidelines given to us. We are always thinking about spacing and to give reminders to keep their distance during breaks. It seems like they have acclimated pretty well to wearing masks during play. We were sure to have more breaks as we began the season since this was a different way to work out and train.”
Isabella Del Vecchio, a senior captain and midfielder, is a key playmaker for the Tuskers and will lead the team offensively. She netted three goals in a 6-1 semifinal win over Pelham last season. Ashley Hershfield and Aimee Maoriello are the team’s other senior captains.
Senior Nadia Pennella, sophomore Teagan Ryan, sophomore Lauren McCartin, and senior Ryan Mellor should all aid Del Vecchio on the offensive end of the field.
“I can’t wait to see who else steps up in our new season and becomes a strong role model on the field,” Magaletti said.
Carleigh Carbonaro and Trinity Buckler, both juniors, will vie for time in net.
“They are both strong and skillful goalies,” Magaletti said. “I’m looking forward to seeing what they can do this season.”
Maoriello and junior Lily Carino will be leaders on defense for the Tuskers.
Magaletti believes that versatility is a strength for Somers.
“We are a well-balanced, athletic team,” she said. “We have players that can be put in new positions and still come out looking like naturals.”
Magaletti said one of her goals for the Tuskers is “to create a strong team bond and work together to always improve ourselves as athletes and students.”
“We will be taking each new day and building ourselves up,” the coach said. “Being one team and using all of the amazing abilities each player offers will lead us to a strong and successful season.”