BMHS Pridetime Reporter
The Brien McMahon field hockey teams 2017 season has come to an end, the girls record was 3-12-1 - winning against Westhill, St. Joe’s, and Trumbull. This was the first year field hockey had 50 girls and 3 teams, varsity, junior varsity, and developmental. The developmental team was composed of girls who wanted to improve their field hockey skills. This seasons captains included Sophia Valiante, Maddie Froelich, Angelika Kyrkos, Kristen Carrano, and Maddy Gordon. Head coach Dani Brown said, “The team fought hard this season. They had a total of three wins and they will come back next season and fight harder than before.”
All of the girls learned a lot of new skills this season,but they also had some struggles. Some girls learned how to pass harder, others learned how to control the ball better, and a lot of girls worked on their running skills. Sophia Valiante (‘18) said, “Communication and effort is the biggest thing we struggled with. It was always the thing we had to work on in games and practice.”
Julia Curtin (‘19) said, “We expect to see a lot of improvement and hopefully a better record. The new coaching staff is really keen on getting us to play in the off-season,making a huge difference because of the difficulty of our conference.” The team feels as if they will be better prepared for next season as they will be doing a lot of off-season practices. Madison Claps (‘20) said, “In the off-season we will be playing CEFH (Competitive Edge Field Hockey)”. Because the team is losing a lot of talent with this years seven seniors graduating, they will have to fight even hard next season. According to Jessica Trujillo (‘19) the most important person to her who will be leaving is goalie, Angelika Kyrkos, who has benefited the team with all the saves she has made.
“This year was really rewarding, won some games and didn't let amazing teams like Greenwich step all over us,” said Madison Claps. The girls held their own against Greenwich in a 2-0 loss. Sophia Valiente says, “The best game we played was the Trumbull game, we went there setting low expectations for ourselves.The rainy weather made it perfect to play and all of the adrenaline kicked in and we beat a team we did not expect to beat.” The BMHS field hockey team is eagerly awaiting the 2018 fall season. In the words of head coach Dani Brown #DontSleepOnUs