Improved Weston aims to continue its momentum
The Weston field hockey team improved from its 1-14 season in 2008 by finishing this year at 6-10-0-1 record under first-year coach Christina Donigian. Weston made the SWC and Class S tournaments.
"This season was a learning experience for everyone," Donigian said. "But [it] turned out to be very productive."
There were a number of games this season that showed the strength of this year's team. A 2-1 September defeat of Pomperaug marked Weston's first-ever win against this perennial powerhouse even though Pomperaug got revenge with a first-round victory in the SWC tournament.
Weston's October match against New Fairfield was, in Donigan's opinion, "the team's best game skill-wise and technically." Although New Fairfield scored with 40 second left in the second half, the Lady Trojans held their own throughout and gave their opponent a run for the money.
One tough loss was in the qualifying round of the Class S tournament in which Weston lost 3-0 at Stafford Springs.
A few Weston players had statistically successful seasons, including All-Patriot Division honoree, senior captain defender Kimmy Bell (178 interceptions). Also garnering all-division accolades was classmate Allison O'Toole (three goals, three assists), while junior Karja Karwowski was named All-SWC after leading the lead with four goals and three assists.
In addition, senior captain Liz Fredrickson was honored as an All-State Scholar Athlete. Junior Kiki Litvak was also a force on defense, finishing the season second on the team with 157 interceptions.
Donigian was overall very happy with how her first year at the helm went for Weston. "There was total improvement over the course of the season," she said. "Players now [understand] where to be, know to look up to make a purposeful pass, and understand that every ball must have a destination."
Weston flourished under Donigan's leadership this fall and hopes to continue the momentum that it built in 2010.
Although next year's captains are unannounced as of yet, Donigian looks ahead to next fall and is confident and said, "Whoever leads the team, there will be improved play from the start of the preseason, with more wins, more exciting games, and more goals scored."
Looking ahead to what she would like to change for next year, she said, "Coming into preseason in shape is a huge importance, as well as participating in as many off-season field hockey activities as possible."
While Weston finished below .500, it feels encouraged about its season. Donigan said, "Success does not have to be measured by the amount of wins that a team has. Our six wins represent hard work and a dedication to improvement on behalf of all the players."