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October 30, 2012

ME's Bradley named CAL Small field hockey Player of the Year

The Manchester Essex field hockey team wreaked havoc over the Cape Ann League this fall.

The Hornets posted a 16-1-1 regular season record, good for a CAL Small title and the No. 2 seed in the Division 2 North state field hockey tournament.

Last week the individual talent on the Hornets was widely recognized by the Cape Ann League. The CAL Small champs fielded five all stars including the CAL Small Player of the Year in senior captain Nicole Bradley.

The Hornets senior captain was also named to the Best of 60 Field Hockey All Star Game. An all star game where the best 60 players in the state square off.

Bradley was a force on both ends of the field for Manchester Essex this season. Moving from forward to midfield Bradley can both score and play defense.

“She’s the whole package,” head coach Andrea Slaven said of Bradley. “She’s very internally motivated so she knows how to motivate her teammates. She’s great leader on the field and a class act. She took on a much different role this year and her stats don’t tell the story of how important she is to the team. She’s definitely somebody you need on the field to have the type of regular season we had.”

Bradley joins junior forward Brittany Smith as an All League selection while Kelsi Field, Anna Heffernan and Carolyn Heslop were named CAL All Stars. Slaven was named CAL Small Coach of the Year.

Smith and Heffernan, both juniors, have combined to lead the Hornets in scoring this year. The duo is also near the top of the Cape Ann League in scoring. Field, a senior captain, has been stellar in the midfield for Manchester Essex and can also chip in on the offensive end while Heslop has anchored a defense that helped produce 10 shutouts in the regular season.

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