By John Anderson
Auburn’s field hockey team clinched their home opener by beating Leicester 5-0 on Wednesday afternoon. One hard to accept reality is that this is not last year’s team. This is a new group of girls, and many saw limited playtime last season. It was hard being on a roster with seniors and SWCL leaders Jamie McNamara, Lyndsey Gabrielian, Paige Laperle, Jackie Matthews and Erin Collins as well as seniors Katherine Johnson, Mary Grace Judge and Catherine Hoey. On the other hand, the 2014 team has a 4-0 record, and all games were shut outs. A more positive carryover is hard to imagine.
Coach Bethann Cormier said, “Every team has its own chemistry, and the seniors have to establish it.” Does the 2014 team look different? Yes. Are there improvements to be made? Of course. Wednesday’s game was scoreless in the first half, and it might have been different with a scoring machine like McNamara on the field, but that is all history now.
These girls are still finding their positions and rhythms. That will come, and in the meantime, they’re doing quite well. Coach Cormier wanted to recognize captain Casey Gurlitz. She played four different positions during this game, and Cormier said, “She does whatever is asked.” Casey was one of those who did not see a lot of playtime last season. Now is her chance.
The other captains are Jordan Lavallee and Carly Zona, two girls who were both Hometeam Leaders last fall. Cormier is joined on the sidelines by assistants Lee Duerden, Carolyn Moss, Erin Hickey, and Shayna Hipson. From the newspaper perspective, good managers are a huge asset, and Auburn has them with Kellie Guittarr, Jude El Gaderi, and Carolyn Jeffries.
Sophia Laperle had the first goal at 21:43 in the second half with a Jess Clifford assist. At 12:52, Shannon Hynes scored after a feed from her younger sister Kileigh. Tayla Foulkrod scored at 6:11 with Casey Gurlitz assisting. At 5:26 Clifford scored assisted by Kileigh Hynes, and Carly Zona made an unassisted goal with 23 seconds left in the game.
Auburn had 41 shots on net meaning the Leicester keeper had 41 saves. Auburn’s Abby Lucas only had to make one save on her end. Auburn had a total of 21 corners during the game. The Rockets next home game is Wednesday, September 24 at 7:00PM.