Teamwork bolsters Bulldogs to early tournament qualification
By Lauri Voter - Staff Writer
Stafford - posted Thu., Oct. 4, 2012
Although Stafford High School's varsity field hockey team lost 12 seniors to graduation last year, this loss has not seemed to impact the team. As of Oct. 1, the Lady Bulldogs were undefeated, 7-0.
“We did lose a lot of talent,” said field hockey coach Elaine Boldi, but except for a goalie, the loss of a dozen athletes did not leave gaps, so this year's players are staying in the same positions. “Everyone's playing to their potential - they're really, really helping each other as a team,” said Boldi, “because our motto is 'teamwork,' and they really are stepping up to the plate and doing everything we're asking, and it's obviously showing.”
The Class S Bulldogs have already made states, with their undefeated status helping them reach the 40-percent win statistic early in the season in order to qualify. “It's the first time ever that we've made it this early,” she said. “Our strength is in mid-field right now.”
Boldi said that in addition to contributing speed, sophomore Jasmine Murray is the team's high-scorer. “She's putting a lot of goals in for us,” Boldi said. Sophomore Heather Dolby is contributing to center defense, while first-time varsity goalie and junior Kacie Converse has stepped up and is “doing great,” added Boldi.
Faster teams will present the biggest problems for the Bulldogs, and Avon, a large school, is always a tough team to beat, said Boldi, but SHS has been preparing for this match. “We're big on getting them in shape, because it's a tough sport,” she said. “They're very enthusiastic. It's so fun to come to practice, because they're such a great group of girls.”
Co-captains Marita Brothers, Suzhaunna Lerch and Alicia Morgan are confident of a win against Avon this season. They agree that cohesiveness and teamwork are paramount to the Bulldogs' success on the field. “Without communication, you have no team, you have no structure.” said Lerch.
Follow the Bulldogs' progress at www.casciac.org.