MANCHESTER— The Manchester Essex field hockey team came in to the 2012 season with a chip on its shoulder.
Most teams would be happy with a 10-5-5 record and a trip to the Division 2 North Quarter Finals as the Hornets did in 2011. Manchester Essex, however, holds itself to a very high standard.
While a fairly inexperienced Hornets team qualified for the postseason in 2011, the team was not satisfied with the result, as it marked the first time in 9 seasons that they did not make it to at least the Division 2 North Semi’s.
Fast forward to 2012 and a Hornets team returning the vast majority of its starters from 2011 has wreaked havoc on the Cape Ann League, posting a 9-0 record and dominating foes from both the large and small divisions.
At the midway point of the season Manchester Essex has been scoring on opponents and preventing them from scoring at an alarming rate outscoring opponents by a 32-6 margin.
The red hot start has the Hornets at the top of the CAL and looking like a legitimate player in the Division 2 North race once again.
“Last year we weren’t satisfied,” Senior captain Kelsi Field said. “I think our experience has helped us a lot this year. The mentality of the seniors has been great, we really want to win this year.”
Fellow senior captain and Hornets goalie Maddi Bistrong echoed her sentiment.
“We have such a positive attitude this season and everyone wants to win,” the Hornets net minder said. “We’re ready to put in the work and do anything it takes to win. It’s our senior year and this is it for us, we are ready for anything.”
The Hornets have certainly put in the work this season and this offseason. According to Bistrong the team’s chemistry was solidified over the summer where she, Field and fellow senior captain Nicole Bradley held captains practices and team meetings periodically throughout the offseason.