Glastonbury field hockey team getting it done with mostly new players

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Thu., Sep. 26, 2013
Leyna DiMarco fires a ball toward the goal in the Tomahawks' 1-0 victory over Enfield on Sept. 24. Photos by Steve Smith.
Leyna DiMarco fires a ball toward the goal in the Tomahawks' 1-0 victory over Enfield on Sept. 24. Photos by Steve Smith.

Glastonbury High School's field hockey team has yet to surrender a goal this year, and that is something of a feat, considering that the Tomahawks lost 13 players, including nine starters, to graduation last season.

“Young,” said coach Maureen Perkins, when asked what sort of team she has this year. “We're starting two freshmen and five sophomores, and only two returning starters.”

Getting all of the players on the same page is the team's ongoing goal. Perkins said that while the team is gelling, there are still some inconsistencies that make it difficult.

“It's a question of getting them to work together,” she said, “and getting them to know who does what, and when to do what. It gets better each game. It's frustrating when you have opportunities, but don't get them.”

After the narrow 1-0 victory over Enfield, Perkins said her team dominated in time of possession and put pressure on the Raiders, but needed to capitalize better on offensive opportunities. “We've got to get better on executing and taking advantage of chances when we get them,” she said. “Their goalie is very good – she's an All-State keeper. We knew we had to move her. We got one in when we did, and we were lucky we did.”

Perkins said her team's strength is that there are many multi-sport athletes. “We have a bunch of kids who play multiple sports, so they have good field sense and of passing and angles,” she said. “They are really good athletes. We just need time to figure out the parts and get the pieces working together.”

The Tomahawks, Perkins said, are certainly capable of returning to the state tournament, but will learn something from each game along the way. “We're facing some new competition, and each game presents different challenges,” she said. “We are getting better, but we've got a long way to go. If they put their mind to it, they have the chance to get there.”

Glastonbury starts a five-game road trip at Fermi, on Sept. 27, and then plays Windsor on Oct. 1. For a complete schedule, visit www.casciac.org.


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