By John Anderson
There haven’t been a lot of home field hockey games this year, and that’s disappointing, especially when the Rockets are 8-1. This team continues to grow with every game and has already earned a post-season slot by my count. Wednesday was the first win that wasn’t a shutout for keeper Abby Lucas, but that’s not a failure on her part.
After racking up 6 goals in the first 23 minutes of the game, the Rockets were clearly on their way to another victory, and Coach Bethann Cormier decided to change things up in the second half. At one point, only one varsity uniform was on the field along with JV players and back up goalie Paige LeFrancois. There is nothing like experience to build next year’s team.
Oxford’s two goals in the second were of no consequence, but the varsity time was priceless for the younger players.
Less than four minutes into the first half, Jordan Lavalle scored with an assist by Kileigh Hynes. Carly Zona followed with two goals assisted by Lavallee and Tayla Foulkrod. Next, Casey Gurlitz hit the net with another Hynes assist. Lavalee scored her second with under 10 minutes to go and an assist by Shannon Hynes. Anna Matthews concluded the Auburn scoring at the 7-minute-mark with Hanna Harris assisting.
Lucas had 4 saves while her teammates totaled 60 shots on net and 6 corners. The Rockets have a busy 4 game schedule next week facing Uxbridge, Tantasqua and David Prouty on the road. On Wednesday, they will play D1 Wachusett at home at 5:30pm.