As we approach the middle of the fall sports season on Cape Ann teams begin to find an identity, get into a rhythm and give us a good indication of exactly what they are made of.
Over the last week plus the Gloucester and Rockport field hockey teams have found its niche, playing its best field hockey of the season and playing right back into the state tournament race after slow starts.
Gloucester has won three of its last four games and its record stands at 4-4 with eight games remaining on the schedule.
The Lady Fishermen have relied on a balanced attack outscoring the opponent 12-4 over the last four contests including wins over Peabody, Revere and Salem. Head coach Lauren Riley has found her rotation of players with Liv Legendre, Kayla Nasser, Taylor Sargent and Sabrina Cottone stepping up and forming a dangerous offensive core.
Jill MacDonald has moved into the midfield and given the team a spark on both ends of the field, while Julia Lamoureaux and Kate Morrissey have been stellar on the defensive end all year.
Gloucester needs eight points out of its final eight games and big games against Marblehead, Swampscott, Salem and Peabody are just a few of the team’s important games heading into the season’s stretch run.
The Lady Fishermen have already taken a big step up this season and that step has put them in line for an exciting finish.
Next door in Rockport, the Vikings have also come into their own, posting a 3-1-1 record over their last five games improving to 5-5-1 in the process.
The young Vikings have had some players emerge including Rushy Sweet on the offensive end, who has scored a goal in four of the last five games giving the team a formidable go-to scoring option.