WESTERN MAINE CLASS A FIELD HOCKEY – MARSHWOOD 5, BONNY EAGLE 0
Field hockey: Balanced attack lifts Marshwood to fifth straight winBalanced attack lifts Marshwood to fifth straight win
- Marshwood’s Cassie MacPherson, center, lifts the ball over the stick of Bonny Eagle’s Cassidy Emery during Monday’s Western Maine Class A field hockey game in South Berwick, Maine. Photo by Matt Parker
By Dan Doyon
Posted Sep. 22, 2014 @ 8:35 pm
SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — Three seasons of unprecedented success for the program has left the Marshwood High School field hockey team with high expectations.
While there are still plenty of questions still to be answered in the final eight games of the regular season, the Hawks are off to a fast start.
After dropping its first game of the season to Scarborough, Marshwood earned its fifth straight win with Monday’s Western Maine Class A 5-0 victory over Bonny Eagle. Sophomore Hannah Costin had a goal and two assists and Marshwood (5-1) received a goal scoring from five different players.
“I feel pretty positive about the season,” Marshwood coach Lisa Truesdale said. “I think the girls have been playing hard for me and it seems like a real full-team effort. We’ve still got a lot to work on, but overall, they’re starting to put everything into play.”
Senior Lindsey Poirier was part of teams that lost in the 2011 state championship game to Skowhegan and reached the regional semifinals the past two seasons. She said that despite having the youngest team in her career, there is no reason why the Hawks can’t be a major factor once again.
Mikayla Willey banked in a rebound of a Poirier shot which gave the Hawks a 1-0 lead 7 minutes into Monday’s game.
“I was lucky enough to go to states as a freshman and this year is special because we (eight seniors) all realize this is our last chance and we want to bring the underclassmen as far as we can,” Poirier said. “I really do think we have a lot of skill. We all work well together; we all hang out outside of the sports field. It’s a great team with great leadership.”
Costin started as a freshman last year and had a hand in a pair of goals late in the first half that gave Marshwood a 3-0 lead. Costin found Cassie MacPherson, while Costin beat Bonny Eagle goalie Melissa Jones (four saves) on an assist from Elaine Batchelder.
“I’ve gotten used to playing at higher level and it’s very competitive,” Costin said. “I had trouble voicing myself last year, but I’ve been able to do more of that this year.”
Jessica Kimball and Claudia Folger each scored a goal in the second half for Marshwood.
“They were really close knit; they always had like a diamond around the ball,” Bonny Eagle coach Caterina Riitano said. “They were a really quick, fast moving team. Our girls are really young and it was a good thing for them to see how well they played together.”
Truesdale’s biggest concern entering the season was how to replace her entire defensive unit. Captain Emily Kaher stepped into to anchor a unit that produced its fifth straight shutout as goalie Cassidy Smith had to make just one save.
“We hold our own as a defense,” Kaher said. “We’re constantly working together and want to be together as a team, so hopefully that’ll take us far.
“Defensively, I’m pleased with the way they’re stepping up, cleaning it out and getting the ball secure,” Truesdale said. “(Kaher) is great at keeping it all together. She has worked and coached them and has worked they’re positioning, because it’s all positioning. There are lucky to have her.”
The Hawks are scheduled to travel to Catherine McAuley (0-6) on Wednesday before Friday’s test at home against Cheverus (5-0-1).
“They’re work ethic seems good,” Truesdale said. “I’m just looking for some more intensity in front of the net; that’s what I’m keying on.”
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