Five Huntington High School varsity field hockey players grabbed post-season honors after stellar fall campaigns.
Anna Wickey was named All-County and Holly Wright garnered All-County honorable mention recognition. Megan Byrnes and Morgan Minicozzi both earned spots on the All-Division team. Brooke Goldsmith was Huntington’s Unsung Hero Award recipient.
Captained by seniors Lianna DeChiaro and Lindsay McKenna and juniors Morgan Minicozzi and Kaitlyn Sage, the 19 player team finished 6-9 overall under head coach Kathy Wright and assistant coach Alison Conlon. The Blue Devils were hampered by not having the services of veteran senior Sarah Agrillo, who was forced to the sidelines following off-season knee surgery.
“They started the season as a young team that continued to improve and grow more skilled with every game they played,” Wright said. “They were a team of determined and motivated girls. By the end of the season, they became a team that could competitively play against strong opponents and demonstrate impact plays and strong stick skills.”
Wickey tallied 11 goals and five assists from her midfield/forward positions to put her in the Top 20 in Suffolk in scoring. “She has dominant stick skills and drives,” Wright said.
Holly Wright notched four goals and five assists. At one time or another during the season the teenager played forward, midfield and defense. “She was the most consistent at corners,” the coach said.
Byrnes scored six goals and added a pair of assists. The sophomore started every game and never came off the field. Coach Wright called her a “determined forward.”
Minicozzi also sparkled, displaying powerful stick-work. “She’s able to play every field position,” the coach said. “She was an impact player.”
Goldsmith was another strong and fast defensive specialist. “She was able to stop offensive balls and players time and time again,” Wright said.
Sage starred in the goal for the Blue Devils, stopping 82 shots for a 75.9 percent save ratio. Freshman goalie Julie Rogel was also impressive, recording 43 saves for an 87.7 percent ratio. She stopped all 10 shots that came at her against Comsewogue, notching a complete game shutout.
Brooke Biernacki and Isabella Fox were among the key players defensively for Huntington. “They made many plays that prevented the opposing team from scoring,” Wright said.
The Blue Devils lost four close games, including 2-1 verdicts to Smithtown West, Centereach and Newfield and 1-0 to William Floyd.
“The Huntington field hockey team will return for the fall 2018 season strong and with varsity experience,” Wright said. “With only two seniors graduating, we are looking forward to returning as a powerful team. The program continues to grow with returning JV players, a core group of middle school players and with new incoming seventh graders. The 2017 team had strength, skill, drive, pride, sportsmanship and the desire to play as a strong team. This was a developing season and the girls grew as players. They demonstrated a love for the game and a happiness to be on the field.”