Weston field hockey finishes at 2-13-1
Putting an emphasis on keeping the ball out of your own net is usually a successful strategy in field hockey, but the Weston field hockey team found out in 2011 the opposite is also true.
Weston struggled to a 2-13-1 mark in 2011, largely due to the team's inability to find the back of the net on a consistent basis. The team scored just nine goals on the season, and eight of the teams defeats were by two goals or less. After registering only eight goals in 2010, scoring seems to be a problem that must be fixed if any progress is to be made with the program.
"With such a low scoring season, it forces us to evaluate our practice drills, our forward line up and our overall way of doing things. We need to have the right players in the right places," Lady Trojans coach Christina Donigian admitted.
Senior captain Kelly Quinn said, "We obviously had a hard time getting and keeping the ball on the offensive end."
Despite the problems in front of net, the few quality performances by the Lady Trojans are remembered fondly. The teams 2-1 win over Bethel and the 2-1 overtime defeat to Pomperaug come immediately to Donigian's mind as moments that the team can be proud of.
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"These were the games that we played our best and win or lose -- we can say that we came together as a team on the field and off to play at the top of our game," Donigian said.
Quinn said, "We all played so well together. That was definitely one of my favorite moments of the season."
Keeping a team's collective heads up is often a difficult task, but the Lady Trojans feel that they battled right to end despite the struggles.
"After losing our first game I think many of our players gave up and looked at the season in a negative light. For the first few weeks we didn't seem to have the energy. However, after we won the [Brookfield] game towards the end of the season we were a whole new team," senior captain Erin Ackerman said.
There will be plenty of new faces in the lineup when the Lady Trojans begin anew in 2012, as captains Ackerman, Quinn, and Hannah Goodman all depart for college. These departures that often come with a heavy heart for a group that is as close as this one.
"It is so sad to leave the team, the other captains and I always joke about how we wish we could stay for another season," Quinn said.
Ackerman said, "I always knew I would be upset leaving the team, but I never knew just how upset until our season actually ended. Field hockey has played a huge part in my life the past four years. I made many of my closest friends through the sport."
Ackerman, who received All-Patriot honors, understands the quality of life off the field is far more important than the end product on it.
"I will never forget the friendships I made during field hockey and it's and the memories we shared that will stick with me forever," Ackerman said.