The Huntington junior varsity field hockey team showcased the Blue Devil program’s future stars this past fall while compiling a record of 12-2-2.
Coached by Colleen Wright, the squad consisted of eighth graders Laurel Bonn, Grace Agrillo, Emma O’Brien, Kaci McDonald and Erin Scanlon; freshmen Kathryn Sanseveio, Lauren Holly, Leda Roldan, Chloe Schiman and Elizabeth Elle and sophomores Tess Stanley, Grace Wildermuth, Riley Zink, Mackenzie Eccles and Andrea Delcid-Ayala.
“This team was determined and motivated to improve its skills each and every day,” Wright said. “By the end of the season, it became a team that could competitively play against strong opponents as well as demonstrate impact plays and strong stick skills. It was an honor to coach this young group of girls.”
Huntington’s talented group of forwards and midfielders included Wildermuth, who tallied nine goals and a pair of assists. O’Brien, Bonn, Zink and Agrillo “demonstrated such work ethic in the midfield, using strong stick skills and communication to get the ball up the field and help create scoring opportunities,” Wright said.
Eccles led the Blue Devil defense with a quick first step to help slow down many opposing attackers. “Our defense grew and became stronger with every game,” Wright said.
Sanseviro, Scanlon and McDonald were key defensive players, helping to hold opponents to three goals or less per game.
Holly was Huntington’s powerful first year freshman goalie. “Lauren stepped up to play goalie this year without ever having played before,” Wright said. “She was fearless, with strength and determination.” The teenager recorded 38 save in the cage this past fall.
“The Huntington JV field hockey team will return for the 2019 season strong, determined and focused,” Wright said. “With such a young team, we are looking forward to returning as a powerful team. The program continues to grow. Varsity and JV players will be participating in an outside winter league on Sundays and will continue building their skills. The 2018 JV squad had strength, skill, drive, pride, sportsmanship and the desire to play as a strong team. This was a developmental season and the girls grew as played. They demonstrated a love for the game and a sense of happiness to be on the field.”