Despite injuries, JV, 3-9-2, improves

The Newtonite

by Kristian Lundberg
Despite a season hindered by injuries and a lack of depth, the future of the field hockey program gives JV coach Kim Hamilton reason to hope.
The squad, 3-9-2 overall, entered the season with only 14 players, five of whom were new to the sport, but, according to Hamilton, “it was incredible to see the change in their skill level at the end of the season.”
“We covered a lot of information this season and they worked hard to learn,” she said.
In particular, Hamilton cited improvements in “gaining a knowledge about the game and improving basic skills.
“We had to discipline ourselves to be patient,” she added.
Hamilton also said the team rebounded well from injuries to two key players, junior Aryam Kifle, the starting goaltender and freshman Maddie Irwin.
“It was tough to have only one sub at times and to have to change a lot of the lineup, but they quickly adjusted.”
The program’s success as a whole is attributable to “hard work,” she said.
“We’ve always been a hard-working program that never gives up.”
“Also, the captains made all three teams feel like one big family, which is a tradition Coach Myers has made important to our program.”
According to sophomore Maddie Raso, the team’s final game against Needham was the highlight of the team’s season. “We played Needham earlier in the season, and we lost, so it was great to beat them at home,” she said.
In her first year in the field hockey program, freshman Cari Daniels said she had “a lot of fun” on the team. “We went through everything together, and we bonded well,” she said.