By John Anderson

Fine craftsmanship is often defined at the workbench where pieces of wood are shaped and assembled into beautiful furniture or cabinetry. Auburn’s field hockey team has been similarly crafted by Coach Bethann Cormier and her assistants Lee Duerden and Carolyn Moss. The girls arrive a little rough in August but in short order are carved into a handsome design. The bench supports the work, and this was very evident last week.

On Wednesday’s 6-0 romp of Doherty, the deplorable field conditions were inappropriate for the fast paced Rocket starters. Many were subbed out early, and the second string kept the Highlanders in check. The bench supported the work.

On Friday’s 6-1 win over St. Peter-Marian, the bench also saw lots of playing time. This shows great coaching foresight since there will always be a “next year”. Opportunities of give players experience should not be wasted as often occurs in high school sports. Time after time, starters end up being finishers and they end exhausted and unproductive. Fresh legs are a good thing.

On Friday, at 11 minutes in, Paige Leperle scored first for the Rockets with an assist by Erin Collins. In the span of just over a minute beginning at 13:49, Auburn would score three more times: Jamie McNamara assisted by Jordan Lavallee, Lavallee assisted by McNamara, and Lavalee assisted by Carly Zona.

AHS vs. St. Peter Marian Slide Show

Three minutes into the second half, Jackie Matthews scored with a McNamara assist. Five minutes later, McNamara would score again assisted by Lavallee. These two girls continue to work extremely well together and are almost an unstoppable combination. Brianna Tortora did score for the Guardians while keeper Karlie Bove recorded 11 saves. Abby Lucas had one save for the Rockets as the ball only stayed near her goal for brief periods. Jamie McNamara led Auburn with 16 shots on net. Paige Laperle had 6 shots while Lyndsey Gabrielian had 5. The Rockets garnered 15 corners during the match.

The MIAA stats have not been updated since October 6, when McNamara led in scoring with 40 points. Jackie Malm from Burncoat was in a close second at 39. It looks like Jamie added another 7 this week, and this will hopefully keep her in the lead. If McNamara and Malm continue to stay close, it would be nice if Jamie was kept on the field to score and stay ahead. She is certainly worthy of being the top scorer in MIAA Central.

The Rockets are now 14-0 overall and 10-0 in SWCL. On Monday at 7:00PM, they will hold their Senior Night where eight will be recognized. They will host D1 Shrewsbury (12-0) in this final home game. Three away games will conclude their regular season at Shepherd Hill, Wachusett and Tantasqua.