Windsor High field hockey challenges rival Conard

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Thu., Oct. 6, 2011
Captain Holly Loomer makes the steal and drives downfield. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
Captain Holly Loomer makes the steal and drives downfield. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

On Oct. 3, the Windsor High School girls’ field hockey team took the field against its rival, Conard. An imposing force, Conard arrived with an undefeated record and sizably larger roster, but the Lady Warriors came poised for battle. Armed with determination and the skill, Windsor kept the pressure on, eventually falling 2-1 in closely-matched defensive fight. Windsor’s solo goal was scored by Macy Fenalson.

Second-year co-coaches Dee Stephan and Pam Hammersmith are rebuilding the Windsor field hockey program into a considerable Class M force. “Pam and I are attempting to instill a winning outlook and confidence in the players,” Stephan said. “They have improved a great deal in the last two years, and now they need to believe and expect to win games.”

Fighting for that first win, the team attitude is not reflective of the current standings. “Our strength is in the girls’ willingness to work hard, listen and take correction,” Stephan said. She believes an increased commitment from her players is necessary for achieving success. “Not all 27 players attend practice on a regular basis, which prevents them from learning and improving as much as they can.”

Seniors Emma Faucher, Amber Flagg, Afi Gerffrad, Mikayla Hudson, Holly Loomer, Brittany Napirokowski, Melissa Ramos and Anieka Walker bring experience to the team. Stephan commented on this season’s captains. “Holly Loomer is an excellent player and a quiet leader. Mikayla Hudson, also quiet, leads by example,” she said.

Strong both athletically and academically, the field hockey team is one of Windsor’s top producers of scholar-athletes. “Eligibility is not an issue for field hockey. Last year’s team won many top academic awards,” the coach said.

Stephan commented on division rivalries. “Simsbury, Glastonbury and South Windsor have very strong programs with strong feeder programs, so they are always difficult,” she said. Windsor fell to Glastonbury on Sept. 13 and will play South Windsor, at home, on Oct. 31, and Simsbury, away, on Nov. 2.

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