WOOD RIVER JCT. — This season was probably not what the Chariho High field hockey team was hoping for.
The Chargers finished 1-15-1, scoring just four goals over the course of the campaign. Despite that, second-year coach Mariah Northrop said she considers the season a success.
Chariho received the sportsmanship award from the field hockey referee's association. Only one award is presented among all of the teams in the state.
"Being a better person will help them more in life than how many field hockey games they won," Northrop said. "I am over-the-moon proud of them. I think it means they are well-composed athletes. They are respectful, and they work hard to the final buzzer.
"A number of officials came up to me this season after games and told me how impressed they were with how hard our team tried."
Northrop said she doesn't spend a great deal of time discussing sportsmanship with the team.
"In practices and games we just tried to keep them in an atmosphere that promoted team building and camaraderie," Northrop said. "Even when they did get frustrated, we tried to have fun on the field."
Two Chariho players did receive postseason recognition. Senior Natasha Huzyk, who plays center midfield, was named to the All-Division II second team.
Northrop said Huzyk was adept at identifying when she was most needed on offense or defense.
Senior Sierra Dube, who played center back, received honorable-mention honors. Northrop said she was often able to win the ball and carry it up the field.
Huzyk, Dube, Lea Oacobbo and Claudia Nelson were each named All-Academic.