Lots to like about the 2022 Gator field hockey squad despite early losses – Millbury Sutton Chronicle

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WORCESTER – It’s now not been the opening of the 2022 season that avid gamers, coaches and crew supporters had was hoping for, however with simply 4 video games in the books, there’s considerable time and ability last for the Grafton High varsity field hockey crew to flip issues round.

The Gator women traveled to Worcester for a Sept. 13 matchup with Notre Dame Academy and it used to be the host Rebels in keep an eye on popping out on best with a 3-0 victory. The loss dropped Grafton’s early season report to 0-3-1 with a complete slate of video games nonetheless forward.

“We really need to come out strong from the beginning and we can’t take time to warm up,” mentioned senior co-captain Taylor Coonan, additionally a standout pitcher on the GHS softball crew. “We’re going to have to practice super-hard and play super-hard and do our best giving it everything we have.”

“Last year, the team looked a lot different because there were a lot more seniors but this year we’ve accommodated nicely,” added senior Skylar Rynkowski. “All of our girls are getting to know each other on and off the field and I think it’s communicated on the field as well.”

“Each game at this stage is critical. We need to adapt and improve with each game if we want to succeed,” defined first-year head trainer Melissa Aiksnoras. “We need to be stronger on both sides of the ball, however our offense needs to be stronger and more aggressive in our offensive circles if we want to jump start our offense and get points on the board.”

Grafton additionally confronted a special opponent as such: The taking part in floor. The Gators observe and play on completely clean turf field prerequisites whilst the Rebels field is uneven grass that compelled the crew to alter its manner to the recreation.

“Yesterday, we went and practiced on grass next to our turf,” mentioned senior co-captain Brie Dwyer. “We practiced passing, we practiced using and we practiced game-like eventualities, however on grass it’s an adjustment.

“We need a momentum-builder, but I think also we need to do our triangle passes and ‘give and goes’ especially if we’re not on turf. We’re on grass it’s going to be short, quick passes because we can’t really carry that far on grass. The ball gets stuck,” she added.

“We need to come together and give it our all because if we give it 110 percent, that’s going to show up on the field, maybe not right away but it’s going to show that we know where we are on the field,” Dwyer mentioned.

Albeit in the 2022 early-goings, there’s a lot to like about this squad that performs with middle and backbone. A couple of changes and chances are high that there for a a hit marketing campaign.

“I like the teamwork and resilience we have,” Rynkowski mentioned. “Even though we haven’t started out strong, everyone is willing to put their most into practice. We’re all practicing really hard trying to work together and not get frustrated and we’re doing that successfully.”

“What I have loved about this team so far is how adaptable they have been,” Aiksnoras defined. “After losing so many starting seniors last year, we have had to adjust constantly – our lineup, our formation and positioning on the field – to find what is working and what is not. So many of our players can be put in multiple positions without any questions asked and I feel comfortable knowing they will play it well.”

Members of the 2022 Grafton High field hockey crew are Violette Botticelli, Lily Bouvier, Taylor Coonan, Megan Costello, Brie Dwyer, Mary Firlings, Sophia Hakulin, Leah Harding, Ava Martin, Julia Megna, Ella Nummela, McKayla Patriarca, Julia Pillsbury, Rachel Proulx, Skylar Rynkowski, Olivia Viens and Ava Walker.

Team captains are Brie Dwyer, Taylor Coonan and Ava Martin. Head trainer is Melissa Aiksnoras.

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