Two years in the past the Pembroke field hockey program ended autumn with back-to-back winless seasons. This 12 months, the Spartans ended underneath the lighting in the Division II match.
Making its first match look since 2017, No. 13 Pembroke struggled to stay alongside of No. 4 Hollis-Brookline (11-3-1) on its turf field, permitting two objectives in the primary 5 mins of Wednesday night time’s prelim en path to a 4-0 loss.
But for the Spartans, after profitable only one sport in the former 3 seasons mixed (they went 1-13 closing 12 months), finishing the season with a 6-8-1 document is a victory for this system.
“(Hollis) got a couple goals early, we were on their turf field and they’re a very skilled team,” Pembroke head trainer Steve Langevin mentioned. “We were a little bit tentative in front of our own net, but after that we competed with them.”
Lindsay Dattis and Sabrina Hill netted the 2 objectives in the primary quarter, and Hailey Arseneau scored with 2:38 left in the second one quarter for a 3-0 halftime lead.
Senior goalie Lillian Corbitt had an incalculable collection of saves and senior co-captain Kelsey Montambeault knocked down a rocket of a shot together with her stick at the function line, but Nyah Jernberg scored the general function for the Cavaliers in the fourth quarter, whilst Pembroke simplest put two pictures on Hollis-Brookline’s cage in all the sport.
“(Hollis is) a very skilled group,” Langevin mentioned. “But we didn’t embarrass ourselves. We went in, we were going to compete and try to beat them. It was a good experience for them to play on the turf, under the lights in the tournament.”
It’s a a long way cry from the place the Spartans have been when Langevin took over in fall 2020. He took over a staff that had simply long past 0-14 in 2019 and he needed to move from advisory to advisory at Pembroke Academy simply to recruit sufficient women to fill out a varsity roster.
“We just don’t have a feeder program,” Langevin mentioned. “We’re one of the few in the division that doesn’t have one.”
Another key component was once lacking – self assurance. But after taking Hanover and Kennett to time beyond regulation in two of the primary 3 video games of the season (either one of the ones groups are in the D-II quarterfinals) and incomes extra wins in this season than in the former 4 mixed, the Spartans are brimming with self assurance.
“At this point, they’re finally getting to the point where their heads are up,” Langevin mentioned. “They’re confident in themselves. They played much more together as a group.”
The Spartan seniors persisted thru some difficult seasons as underclassmen, but labored on their abilities in the offseason. When preseason rolled around in August, 10 seniors suited up for Pembroke out 31 overall avid gamers in this system – sufficient for a complete JV staff.
Co-captain and midfielder Natalie Longacre is a kind of seniors who stood out this season.
“Natalie is our connection to get it from the defense up to the offense,” Langevin mentioned. “She’s by far our best stickhandler, she gets through people. She created a lot of our offensive chances that other players put in. Her play in the midfield is really what transitioned us from one end to the other.”
The Spartans have some sturdy avid gamers again for subsequent season, together with junior defender Treic Thomas-Guerzon, who close down opposition alongside the left flank, whilst sophomore Camdyn Despres, the main scorer with 11 objectives in her first season ever taking part in field hockey, was once in a position to capitalize on all the unit running the ball up the field.
“They’re a tight group and they really feed off each other,” Langevin mentioned of his squad. “The whole is more than the sum of its parts. That’s the way this group is. We don’t have any stars that will dazzle you, but we have a lot of kids that work hard and work together. I’m really proud of this group and what they accomplished, especially where they’ve come from.”