The New Hampton School Field Hockey program is fortunate to field both a Varsity and a Junior Varsity team. The students that make up the Junior Varsity team come together to develop their athleticism and game knowledge. Skill, conditioning, work ethic and reliability are huge factors in any athlete’s quest to improve one’s self and one’s game. At the Junior Varsity level, athletes are expected to have visibly committed to continued self-development. To this end, increased emphasis is placed on refinement of fundamental skills, elements and strategies of team play with an intentional focus on having fun along with social and emotional development.
The Junior Varsity Huskies are coached by Leia Bridgham and Ellory Shackett ‘13. Coach Bridgham has been with the Field Hockey program since 2009 and serves as the Head JV Coach as well as the Goalkeeping Coach for the Varsity and JV teams. Coach Shackett re-joins Bridgham and returns to Husky Nation with enthusiasm. Shackett played for the Huskies from 2009-2012 before going off to St. Laurence University. New Hampton School’s Junior Varsity Field Hockey coaches work towards achieving a balance between continued team and player development and the quest for victory. “Victory is in having done your best. If you’ve done your best, you’ve won.” — Bill Bowerman
The Huskies traveled to Proctor to face the Hornets for the final game of the season. In a 9v9 bout, the game was pretty evenly matched. Each team had its fair share of break-aways up the field, with challenges to both keepers. One such breakaway came through the Husky defense, but luckily the shot was wide. The Hornets did sting the Huskies on a corner play nearly half-way into the first. This was the first Proctor goal on the Huskies in 3 games. Huskies maintained the pressure into the second half and finally got the opportunity on play from Emily LaCroix across to Ava Golash and finished int the net by Molly Coyle. Defensively, Sammy Davis, Julia Bao and Chris Wang held up the back. Sarah LaCroix had 7 saves on the day.
Huskies celebrated the last home game for Seniors Emily LaCroix and Subhana Branche with a win. Energy was high in the 9v9 bout with KUA and the Huskies went right to work. in the Midfield, Chris Wang had a strong defensive stick which helped to keep the ball mostly in the KUA end. There was lots of pressure on the KUA keeper, and with 8 minutes left in the half, a pass in front of the net from Ava Golash went to Alex King, a shot was blocked by KUA defender and was deflected back to Golash who was able to net it. KUA answered back with only 1:15 remaining in the half. The goal came on a scrum in front of the NHS net. Huskies did not let up and in the second half got right back to work with Molly Coyle dodging through traffic to put another on the board. Emily LaCroix put on the wheels taking a couple break-aways in the second half. Huskies kept the pressure on with Branche in the midfield helping to transfer the ball up to the forwards. As time expired, the Huskies came off the field smiling.
After a long break, the Huskies were well rested and focused on the task at hand. Huskies got right to work after the opening whistle, dominating the first half. The pressure was on the Bulls to keep New Hampton out of the circle, but Huskies wouldn't let up. In the first five minutes of play, Huskies earned a penalty corner which was not perfectly executed, but recovered by Ava Golash setting up Kareena Alam for a beautiful shot into the back of the weak side corner. The pressure continued and Alex King had a couple of excellent shots on net which were denied by the hard-working Holderness keeper. As the half counted down, Golash got her opportunity to put one past the Bulls. Exactly two minutes later, Emily LaCroix crossed the ball perfectly to Subhana Branche for her first season goal to put a third on the scoreboard. In the the second half the Bulls created more opportunities for themselves, but were no match for the Husky's defense. A few changes in personnell for New Hampton allowed other stars to emerge. Playing forward for the first time of the season, Sophia Shwartzman got her first scoring opportunity and made good on it on a breakaway in the middle of the second half. The final goal was came off a loose ball in front of the net off from a rebounded shot which Emily LaCroix captured and and swept in. The Huskies take on KUA 10/30 for our final home game and Senior celebration.
The Huskies maintain their undefeated status, on par with St. Paul's School in an evenly matched game. Huskies got a fast start with great pressure on the Pelicans. In the first minutes of the game, Ava Golash charged through traffic in the circle to put one by the St. Paul's keeper. Husky defense was tried and true, fending off the assault througout the first half. In the cage for the Huskies, Sarah LaCroix had 9 saves and some very strong clears. The only goal against came early in the second half on a penalty corner play with a cross-goal pass to the weak side. The last minutes in the game were nail-biting, each team with their opportunities to get ahead. In the final seconds, St. Paul's got a break-away opportunity and LaCroix stayed strong and cleared the ball away as time expired.
The Bobcats on their home turf were ready for the Huskies. The day was beautiful, complete with the dramatic fall foliage on Lake Winnipesaukee. Huskies arrived with only a short time to warm up, but got right to work at the first whistle. A strong forward line put lots of pressure on Brewster, but the Huskies were shut down at every turn by the Bobcats. The play was back and forth, with Huskies earning 4 penalty corner attempts and multiple scoring opportunities, we just couldn't finish. When Bocats got into the Husky circle, they were stopped by the Husky defense. In net, Sarah LaCroix had a great day, notching 5 saves to keep the score at 0. Huskies go to St. Paul's on Wednesday to rematch.