Inexperienced Warriors working to improve every day
By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Windsor - posted Thu., Sep. 20, 2012
The Windsor High School Warrior field hockey team finished the 2011 season with a 4-8-1 record and narrowly missed the Class M state tournament by one win. Windsor comes into the 2012 season with only six upperclassmen - four seniors and two juniors - who they will look upon to lead the team. If the Warriors want to have a strong season and make the state tournament, they will need large contributions from their inexperienced group of five freshmen and six sophomores.
“We lost quite a few seniors last year, so we are trying to build up our numbers and re-build the program,” said Pam Hammersmith, head coach. “The younger players are coming along quite well; their skill level is growing rapidly. They have an eagerness to learn, they listen well and they are coachable. Their work ethic is going to pull us through the season. Every practice we see them improving; they are really starting to look like field hockey players.”
The Warriors’ offensive attack will be led by junior forward Macy Fenlason; she receives the team’s corners and is the team’s strongest hitter. Fenlason will be supported by senior right forward and captain Jean Ersando. Look for freshman Morgan Hanks to be an x-factor in the Windsor offensive game.
The offensive attack will be supported by a strong midfield led by senior captain Molly Straut. Alongside Straut in the midfield will be senior goalkeeper-turned-midfielder Nicole Bach and sophomore Kennedy Hanks. Hammersmith has been impressed with Bach’s ability in the field, saying, “I think we should have done that a long time ago.”
The Warrior backlines will be led by senior captain and back Marissa Greene. Helping Greene bolster down the offense will be junior goalkeeper Emily Welch and sophomore defender Hannah Kentrinchek.
“We’re a strong defensive team and were working to improve our offense,” Straut said. “Our offense is getting there. We are getting there as a team, we learn really quickly, and are improving at a really fast rate considering how many new people we have, which will help us as the season goes on.”