Preview: Chariho field hockey

Preview: Chariho field hockey



Head coach:

Mariah Northrop (2nd season).

Assistant coach:

Sarah Taylor.

Last year:

Chariho finished 7-12 overall, 7-9 in Division II. The Chargers lost to the Wheeler School in the tournament quarterfinals.

Returning to varsity:

Seniors:

Sydney Anderson (G, captain), Montanna Carrier (MF-F), Sierra Dube (D, captain), Natasha Huzyk (MF, captain), Lea Iacobbo (MF), Lexy Maggs (F), Callie Reposa (D).

Juniors:

Sommer Choiniere (F), Talia Sauro (F-D).

Sophomore:

Delia Champagne (F-D).

New to varsity:

Senior:

Claudia Nelson (D).

Junior:

Alyssa Scuncio (D).

Sophomores:

Autumn Baker (F-D), Kelly McCue (F).

Outlook:

Chariho returns experience at some of the key positions on the field as it looks to qualify for the postseason again.

Natasha Huzyk is back at center midfield.

“She determines how the game goes,” Northrop said. “She does a really good job of reading the field, and she has excellent stick skills. She is very mature in the sport.”

Dube, who also scored four goals last season, returns as a defender.

“She also reads the field very well, and is a spitfire,” Northrop said.

Anderson is back in goal.

“She will be the eyes of the defense. She will decide who goes to the ball and who stays back,” Northrop said.

Chariho only scored 13 goals last season and will look to improve upon that performance this time around.

“We are working a little more on accuracy, and using our sticks skills to go around players in the circle,” Northrop said. “Last year, we were super quick to take shots, which is sometimes great, but sometimes it’s not. We need to have a little more poise in the circle.”

Realignment has divided the league into three divisions instead of two. Chariho will be in Division II.

“We have an older team this year, and a lot of them have been playing together for four years,” Northrop said. “I am excited to see what they can accomplish.”

Coach’s take:

“With a new division, I don’t know what to expect. Some of these teams we’ve never played. Their goal is always the playoffs. We will do the best we can and do our best to have a great season.”

— Keith Kimberlin


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