With a lineup dominated by newcomers, the J. Taylor Finley Middle School field hockey team kept a collective eye on the future this fall.
Captained by eighth graders Lauren Holly, Victoria Mangan and Kathryn Sansevirio, the Falcons were coached by Flower Hill School physical education teacher Nancy Conlon. The roster included 28 players, including 21 seventh graders.
Finley compiled a 2-6-1 mark with 1-0 victories over Candlewood and Northport, a scoreless tie with Commack and losses to Stimson (4-0 and 2-0), East Northport (2-0), Oldfield (4-0), Candlewood (1-0) and Northport (3-0).
“This year’s team was made up of mostly seventh graders and a few eighth graders,” Conlon said. “They had fun, worked hard and learned what it’s like to be a team member.”
The team’s top players included Holly and seventh graders Laurel Bonn, Emma O’Brien, Carlee Schultz and Erin Scanlon.
An experienced player, Holly starred at center halfback. “Lauren was the heart of our defense with very strong drives,” Conlon said.
Bonn and O’Brien were the team’s standout forwards. “Laurel and Emma have great skills and are very fast,” Conlon said. Scanlon impressed opponents on both sides of the ball. “Erin played both offense and defense and is quick with amazing stops,” the coach added.
Schultz was strong in goal for Finley. “Carlee made many amazing saves and was very quick in the goal,” Conlon said.
The 1-0 win over Northport was the highlight of the season. “The team worked hard and put everything together,” Conlon said.
With 21 current seventh graders eligible to return next fall, Conlon expects Finley to field a winning team.