By John Anderson
All seasons come to an end, and no matter how Auburn’s Field Hockey played yesterday, the season was done. Unfortunately, Watertown claimed another Division 2 State Championship as the Rockets fell 5-0.
As I left the field, several parents thanked me for the coverage Auburn Mass Daily has provided this season, and a couple asked how I would write this story. Admittedly, these are the hardest stories to write. Over the course of a season, sports writers have countless contacts with coaches, captains, and players. This season was no different for me, and I must admit I’ve made some friends along the way. I’ve also gained some respect for Auburn’s great field hockey team.
I confess that I had no idea what to expect from the Auburn Field Hockey program this year. Although there were numerous returning players, some of the power players had graduated. In one of the years when Auburn teams played away more than home, I didn’t have the visuals on multiple Rocket squads.
When I finally watched a field hockey game on September 12th, the girls had two wins on the road and solidly defeated Oxford 3-0. I personally don’t make any judgments about a win against Oxford, but Auburn was on the way to a solid season. A tie against Quaboag on October 12th left me a little uneasy, but a Rocket 2-1 victory in the semi-final left me elated.
There is no shame in losing to a better team, and no Rocket should know that better than goalie Abby Lucas. She endured a constant onslaught from the Red Raiders. Although five shots eluded her, she made numerous stops including a penalty stroke in the second half.
There were no slackers yesterday for Auburn, but one player stood out in my viewfinder, junior Shannon Hynes. She never stopped, never quite, and never stopped defending and trying to score. It will be a pleasure to watch her next year along with her returning teammates.
The Watertown team has claimed yet another state title, and they have not lost a game since 2008. The Red Raiders had no goals scored against them this season, but the Rockets came very close several times. The future is not predictable in high school sports, but I think Auburn will have another shot in the near future. Thank you ladies for another great ride!