Field hockey looks to repeat

From left to right, #11 Kimberly McCarthy, #13 Emily Harris, #28 Reilly Tennis, and #18 Madison Hanna celebrate during a recent win.

Goal, goal, goal, and another one from Harris. This seems to be the story line for the Castleton field hockey team over this season and not only is she lighting up the score sheet but the team itself has also been rolling this season. The team currently has a 10-7 record led by Emily Harris with 89 points with 41 goals to her credit. The team is looking forward at playoffs in the coming weeks trying to repeat the success they managed to have last season. 

“Going into playoffs we need to play as a team and put maximum effort on the field. Overall, we all have to buy in just like we did last year,” said senior Theresa Culpo. 

The team got off to a hot start beginning the season 7-1 before hitting a rough patch as of recent. However, the team has still been in every game they have lost with the largest margin being 4 goals. 

Of all the teams in the LEC the Spartans lead the conference in points for by a healthy margin with 72 while also sitting third in points against with only 46. The Spartans sit fourth in the standings but match up well with each team ahead of them. 

The Spartans will be facing off against the fifth seeded Eastern Connecticut State in the first round of playoffs. The last time the Spartans faced off against them they handedly beat them 9-2.

Last season the Spartans sat third in the standings rather than fourth when heading into playoffs which lead to home field advantage, but this year could end up different with the team possibly having to take on the road warrior approach in playoffs after round one.

“We expect a tough fight in playoffs. The top four teams are pretty evenly matched, and our mindset is that it is anybody’s game on any given day. We need to stay positive, support each other on the field and keep working hard. We have to show up every day ready to challenge ourselves and our opponent. We also want to go into each game reminding ourselves of why we play hard and what it’s all for,” said junior Haley Lassen. 

#4 Maggie Schwartz takes a shot.

The team is looking to continue their playoff dominance that they had last season and take home another LEC Championship. The team has 13 returning players who experienced the playoff atmosphere last season and know what it takes to make a deep playoff run. 

“I think we have push each other to do our best by cheering each other on and keeping the energy and moral up at all times,” senior Madison Hanna. 

The Spartans kick off their journey to repeat as LEC Champs on October 31 at 6 p.m. at Dave Wolk Stadium. 

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