Preview: Stonington field hockey

Preview: Stonington field hockey



Head coach:

Jenna Tucchio (15th season).

Assistant coaches:

Courtney Scherer, Mark Hultgren (volunteer).

Last year:

Stonington finished 17-4, losing in the Class S semifinals. The Bears were unbeaten in the ECC (12-0) and won the league tournament again.

Returning to varsity:

Seniors:

Miranda Arruda (MF, captain), Casey Boumenot (F), Keegan Donohue (F/MF), Colette Dreher (D, captain), Jillian Holland (D), Abby Mann (G), Daisy Williams (MF).

Junior:

Sarah Flakus (D-MF).

New to varsity:

Juniors:

Lindsay Rockwood (F-MF), Grace Todisco (D), Kaira Wiltshire (F-MF).

Sophomore:

Elena Korinek (F).

Outlook:

Stonington returns one of its least experienced teams in a few seasons, but no one in the league will be shedding any tears for the Bears.

Stonington’s last league loss was in 2013, when it won the Class S state title. Since then the Bears are 55-0-3 in the league with three state semifinal appearances.

Arruda scored 24 goals last season and will step into a leadership role this year.

“She is the leader. She has the game knowledge and the experience. She knows the game. And there will be times when she will have to take the ball. She is capable of doing that,” Tucchio said.

Dreher, a first-team All-ECC selection, returns at center back, and Holland is back on defense. Aliza Bell, the MVP of the ECC tournament last season at goalie, elected not to play this season.

Mann, who saw some varsity time last season, will step into that spot.

“Defensively, we are pretty good as far as returning kids and experience,” Tucchio said.

Tucchio said the Bears will likely experience some “bumps in the road” early in the season.

“I think probably the biggest thing is building confidence and chemistry between the players,” Tucchio said. “They really don’t know each other very well. I think more than anything they need to play together and learn each other’s habits.”

Coach’s take:

“I still think we should always set our sights on going into the state tournament as far as we can. We are not going to scale back. I don’t know if we can make a deep run in the state tournament, but we will train like we want to.”

— Keith Kimberlin


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