Fall River, Westport, Somerset, Swansea top field hockey players
FALL RIVER – Five Fall River area teams have started another exciting season of field hockey.
Bishop Stang, Case, Durfee, Somerset Berkley and Westport are all set to step up to a playoff berth.
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Here’s a look at the 21 best Grand Fall River field hockey players to watch this season.
Head Coach: Kara Caron
Results 2021: 0-2
Despite dropping their first two non-league games of the season, the Lady Spartans are poised to make a big push in the Catholic Central League.
At the helm of head coach Kara Caron are her senior captains, forward Judith Bonneau and midfielder Sophia Babineau. Junior midfielder Hannah Fortin and junior forward Olivia Brousseau are ready to step up their game.
Second-year student Teal Galligan will see some action on defense.
Head Coach: Kacie Martel
2021 record: 2-0
The Lady Cardinals believe it’s their time in 2021.
Case begins the season with two straight wins, including a surprise 3-2 win over Somerset Berkley that ended the Raiders’ 55-game winning streak.
Senior captain Emily Greene will lead the way for head coach Kacie Martel’s squad. Green, who plays midfielder / striker, was the Cardinals’ second-leading scorer.
Junior captain Lexi Yost, who plays midfielder / forward, was Case’s MVP as well as a South Coast Conference star.
Junior Brooke Orton has become a very strong midfielder and a big part of the Cardinals’ success. Junior captain Kaelyn Lecomte is another defensive leader and one of Martel’s best defenders.
Sophomore Megan Smith was the team’s top scorer and all-star team for CSC last season. Smith is a versatile player who can play on any side of the pitch.
Head Coach: Nicole Henrique
2021 record: 1-0-2
The Lady Hilltopper is taking charge of veterans and young talents for the 2021 season.
Head coach Nicole Henrique has four seniors, six juniors, four sophomores and four freshmen aiming to win the Southeast Conference title.
One of Beaulieu’s talented players is first-year midfielder Kathryn Gauvin. Second-year center-back Emily Curran has solid stick control and can handle the ball.
Goalkeeper Kailey Hutchinson is undefeated so far in Durfee’s goals, including a win over Apponequet as well as draws against Somerset Berkley and Dighton-Rehoboth.
Head Coach: Jen Crook
Results 2021: 0-2-1
Two-time defending Division I state champion and South Coast Conference champion Lady Raiders lost her first two games of the year before saving a tie against Durfee.
Despite the slow start, don’t expect SB head coach Jen Crook’s team to recover just yet.
Senior captain and midfielder Lauren Rothwell is the team leader and capable of having a big night out anytime. Second-year forward Karissa Albin is another talented player who shoots really well and walks the net.
Junior midfielder Ava Pontes is another goalscorer opponents need to watch close to goal.
Junior Reese Swanson is a solid defensive player who knows how to handle the ball.
Head Coach: Jacquelyn Legendre
2021 record: 3-0-0
The Lady Wildcats led by second-year head coach Jacquelyn Legendre got off to a great start.
Westport have a three-game winning streak and are looking to do more damage as the season progresses.
Back for Legendre, star midfielder and second year in the league, Avery Avila.
Senior captain Sarah Carney takes care of the defense duties while senior Raurie Laliberte is very versatile and plays in defense and midfield.
Senior goaltender Lily Gifford hasn’t allowed a goal in three games.
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