Lady Bulldogs’ field hockey season begins

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Stafford - posted Thu., Sep. 8, 2011
Sam Bassett practices agility-building at a recent Stafford High School field hockey practice. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
Sam Bassett practices agility-building at a recent Stafford High School field hockey practice. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

Tropical storm Irene-induced power outages kept the doors closed at Stafford High School on Sept. 2, but that did not stop the Lady Bulldogs’ field hockey team from suiting up and taking the practice field.

Led by 10-year veteran coach Elaine Boldi and assistant Kim Soucey, the girls came out in record numbers to begin conditioning.

“Between the varsity and JV, we have over 35 girls this year,” Boldi said. “It’s great to see so many players expressing an interest in the sport and eager to play. We have qualified for the state tournament for six out of the 10 years I have been here. In 2010, we finished at 5-9-2, one win shy of the states, so our goal this year will be to get back there.”

The captains - senior midfielder Tori Utter and junior midfielder Marita Brothers - led the team through tailored obstacle courses designed to build both strength and agility. “I’ve been playing field hockey for seven years,” Utter said. “Since it’s my last year, I would like to see us get back to the states and finish strong.”

Brothers is anticipating match-ups with the competition. “I’m looking forward to beating the teams I know we can and showing everyone what we are capable of,” she said.

In addition to the team captains, Boldi is looking for strong performances from Amanda Jacobsen and Lindsay Reid. “Amanda joined the varsity team as a freshman and has an incredible head for the game with great stick skills,” the coach said. “Lindsay, one of our seniors, is a very strong defensive player.”

A team both on and off the playing field, the Lady Bulldogs take part in several charity and community service events, including car washes, Four County Fair cleanup and the Play For the Cure annual field hockey game, which is a breast cancer awareness fundraiser. “At last year’s game, the girls raised more money than any other team - $2,300. The game is played at SHS in October and everyone wears some type of pink in support of breast cancer,” Boldi said. “It’s a great day in support of a terrific cause.”

The team opens its season against Avon at home on Sept. 15. For a full schedule, go to www.casciac.org.


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