NEW MILFORD — Another strong season is in the books for the New Milford varsity field hockey team and the future looks bright as well.
The program is in great shape at all three levels, as the varsity, junior varsity and freshman teams combined for a 30-6-3-1 record, with the varsity stickers posting a 10-4-0-1 regular season record to secure second place in SWC.
The Green Wave will say goodbye to a large and successful senior class. Rachel Allen, Rebecca Bizier, Rebecca Collentine, Samara Jenkins, Alexandra LaPerch, Julia Quinn, Megan Sheeran, Kaitlin Siegle, Elizabeth Skinner, Kelli Souza and Julia Venezia were this season’s seniors.
Coach Dawn Hough and her staff believe in putting the players in uncomfortable positions, challenging them during practice so they are ready in game, and this season was no different.
“As always we play a very difficult schedule,” Hough said. “This season we picked up New Canaan, a state champion last season, and Conard, a tough CCC opponent, as our nonleague opponents. Our other pickup games were the top opponents in the SWC.”
After the SWC and state tournaments, the Green Wave finished with an overall record of 11-5-0-1, outscoring their opponents 40-11 during the season. A total of 13 different green wave athletes scored in varsity games. Bizier and the rest of the Green Wave recorded eight shutout victories.
Some of the highlights included a 2-0 victory over last years SWC champion Newtown, a 2-0 victory over Immaculate and a 2-1 overtime victory against Watertown, where Souza and Siegle connected on a give and go to pull out an exhilarating victory.
New Milford blanked the hard playing Bethel Wildcats and dominated a perennially strong New Fairfield team 5-1. Megan Sheehan had a great day paroling the mid field and feeding the ball up to the offense, according to Hough.
Brookfield was the senior night victim of the high scoring New Milford offense. Collentine, Danish, Siegle (assisted by Julia Quinn) all scored. Then defensive ace Julia Venezia came up on attack to put two in against a talented Bobcat goalie.
Then, an epic game in the SWC Championships against Immaculate. The regulation game ended in a tie with Alyssa Malsin scoring in regulation. Then teams battled valiantly for three exhausting, exhilarating sudden victory overtimes still tied, followed by penalty strokes. Siegle, Collentine and Venezia scored for the Green Wave but they fell 4-3.
The JV team was dominant with a 11-0-2 record outscoring opponents a staggering 39-4 with 10 shutouts. The freshmen team put up a 8-1-1 record outscoring opponents 33-4. Nine of the games the Green Wave stick girls shut out the opponents.
“The team played and practiced hard everyday, making the coaches and school proud. The future looks bright for the young players,” Hough said. “The foundation is strong. The girls work hard in the off season and come back prepared and we foresee great things in for the future on New Milford Field Hockey.”