Field Hockey: Full of Great Promise

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Junior Elizabeth Barrett aims for a decisive goal against Clarksburg HS. Many Lady Rams players showed a lot of promise this seasons adversities. --Adam Bensimhon

Junior Elizabeth Barrett aims for a decisive goal against Clarksburg HS. Many Lady Rams players showed a lot of promise this seasons adversities. –Adam Bensimhon

Head Coach Caitlin Ulmer said, “Most of our losses are due to the simple fact that we just cannot get the ball in the goal.” Although Ulmer is disappointed with their inability to score, Ulmer said “I am proud of the progression of our young players that have contributed a lot to the team this year.” The young players give her hope for the team’s growing success in coming years.

Although all teams make the playoffs, Ulmer is not sure how well the team will do against the fierce competition of schools from Frederick County. Ulmer said, “Realistically we will probably be a playoff threat in a year or two but this year it does not look promising.” This gives hope for the future of this team to hopefully make a playoff run in the next couple of years.

There are also a few prospects who will be freshmen that could help contribute to the team in the coming years as well. Ulmer has been impressed with the contributions of her starting goalie sophomore Hannah Scanlon and the progression of freshman Erin Moriarty who has received an unexpected amount of playing time this season.

However, it is clear that seniors Amber Durham and Megan Lang are the heart of the team. “Amber and Megan are great role models for the rest of the team and help motivate us to work harder every practice and every game,” said junior Vasilia Hangemanole. The leadership shown by these two seniors will help the team excel in the playoffs since they both have had playoff experience, in the past.

Though Ulmer is happy with the development of the team, there have been a few key injuries within the team including Lang who sustained a leg injury in the game against Blake HS.

Junior Maria Hangemanole has also been dealing with shin splints for most of the season. She has been one of many players injured this far this season. Even with these injuries athletic director Michael Hayes said, “The team has been improving throughout the year and will hopefully win some games in the playoffs.”

The strength of the team this year has been their ability to make adjustments in the second halves of games. However their lack of scoring has hurt them throughout the season in many key moments. Although they may have trouble finding the back of the goal, Ulmer said, “My team is always willing to give 100 percent,” which is something everyone associated with the team can be proud of.