Freshman Grace Wildermuth and sophomore Lauren LoScalzo paced the Huntington High School junior varsity field hockey team this past fall.
Wildermuth tallied five goals and an assist and LoScalzo notched eight goals and assisted on another to provide a stinging offensive punch to the Blue Devil lineup.
Huntington was coached by Colleen Wright and captained by Wildermuth, LoScalzo and sophomore Carley Stevens. The roster also included eighth graders Gianna Petrone and Sophia Toscano and freshmen Andrea Delcid Ayala, Isabella DiBenedetto, Mackenzie Eccles, Analiesse Flythe, Alexis Monti, Brandy Romero-Lino, Tess Stanley and Riley Zink.
The Blue Devils struggled to win games, but several players still manage to shine. Wildermuth and LoScalzo were joined in the scoring brigade by Petrone (three goals and two assists) and Stevens (three goals). Romero stopped 42 shots in the cage as the team’s goalie.
The highlight of the year came in the third game of the season. “The team learned to transition the ball in a triangle formation,” Wright said. “Players were able to move the ball up the field and across to open field space. Once the ball was transitioned from the goalie up, it opened the field to opportunities to score.”
While several of the junior varsity players are expected to be promoted to the varsity ranks, many others will be returning to the JV next fall, along with many current eighth graders who will be moving up to the high school from J. Taylor Finley Middle School.
Despite struggling to win games, Wright prefers to see the positive aspect of the season. “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success,” she said.