Seniors lead Stafford field hockey team to tournament
By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Stafford - posted Wed., Nov. 16, 2011
Stafford High School field hockey ended on Nov. 10 with a first-round CIAC tournament loss to Stonington (3-1). Out, but not down, coaches Elaine Boldi and Kim Soucy took a moment to celebrate the talent of their 12 seniors: Sam Bassett, Tori Utter, Gillian Gagne, Karen Shirk, Allison Martin, Bridget Deskus, Vivian Ojeda, Jessica Simpson, Lindsey Reid, Olivia Kritzman, Emilie Peirolo and Melanie Rodgers.
“This was our best season,” two-year captain Tori Utter commented. “We really clicked, improved our passing and truly came together as a team.”
Boldi described Utter as the center core of the team with great hustle and enthusiasm. “Tori is going to be tough to replace,” Boldi said.
Forward Allison Martin, in her fourth year with the team, attended summer camps in preparation for this season. “Allison greatly improved in her senior year and is very dedicated,” the coach said.
Boldi listed halfback Olivia Kritzman’s strengths. “She has great knowledge of the game, and truly sees the field from the halfback and sweep positions,” she said.
Team manager Melanie Rodgers has been Boldi’s “right-hand woman” for three years. “Melanie is a pleasure to be around,” Boldi said.
Sam Bassett was this year’s starting goalie. “Sam improved beyond expectations,” the coach said. “She played most of the season hurt and still performed fantastic. We will miss her.”
Boldi listed Bridget Deskus as a very hard worker who has perfected her knowledge of the game.
At left wing, Jessica Simpson was Stafford’s 2011 leading scorer, with seven goals. “Jessica is very coachable, and became exceptional at her position,” the coach said.
“Lindsay Reid is our power hitter on corners, and has five career goals playing defense,” Boldi said.
Boldi described Karen Shirk as having great drive and always stepping up when Stafford needed her.
“Gillian Gagne plays forward and defense, fills in anytime we needed her and is very committed,” Boldi said.
Vivian Ojeda is #1 in her class, and an SHS Scholar-Athlete for 2011. Boldi said Ojeda is very quick on her feet.
Emilie Peirolo is described by Boldi as an exceptional athlete. “Emilie is one of the most aggressive players I have ever coached and has improved tremendously,” she said.