Girls field hockey improving one game at a time


courtesy of Shane Rossman

Varsity field hockey gathers together before a game.

by Kaycee Morris, Editor

With a record of 2-3, varsity field hockey girls are taking more swings to win more games. Varsity had a slow start and a young team, but are now learning quickly to work and play better by pulling together to defeat some of the stronger and more experienced teams.

On September 18th, varsity had a strong win against Oakdale. With a score of 2-1. That sent a message that shows what the outcome of pure team work can bring.

Anna Smarrelli and Morgan Mathews both had goals during the game. Mary Britton had an assist. Fans can read more about this game on the Frederick News-Post.

“Our defense is what really won us this game. Our defense this year is really strong. I was definitely a little worried about it before the season, but Allison King, Emily Cole, Mallory Safsten, and I are all working very well together. Defense is all about being aggressive. We play with a lot of heart which is why we are succeeding. We want to win more than the other team does,” junior team captain Paige Wilhem said,

Mrs. Mary Cate Henry is the head coach for varsity. Henry has been coaching at Linganore for 12 years and graduated from the high school and  Linganore’s field hockey program.

Senior midfielder, Anna Smarrelli, is verbally committed to play D1 field hockey at Appalachian State University. She has been playing field hockey for five years.

“I decided on going to Appalachian State because I just knew it was the right school for me. I love the atmosphere there and the uniqueness of the school. As for going D1, I know it’s going to be tough and a lot of work but I can’t wait. It’s a big responsibility but I love playing field hockey so it will be worth it.,” said Smarrelli.

JV Field Hockey Report:

JV field hockey has a record of 1-3, with three captains, Shayna Clark, Jordan Webb, and Megan Plazinski. Learning how to take their skills up to the next level, “ Our goal as JV is to play our best, and to learn how to work as a team” said sophomore team captain, Megan Plazinski.

Ms. Jessica Baker is the head coach for JV girls field hockey along with the assistant coach, Lindsay Seal. Baker has been coaching for four years, and Seal has been the assistant coach for two years. Baker has also been assistant coach for the softball JV team for the past five years.

Support Field Hockey at Future Games:

Senior night for girls field hockey will be on Monday, October 2nd. They will take on TJ High School at 7 pm. It will be a home game. JV will also play TJ at 5:30 pm.

There will be a “pink-out” game, Monday, October 16th in support of national breast cancer awareness month. The game will be against Winters Mill at Linganore, JV game will be at 5:30 pm, varsity will play at 7 pm. Come out and support not only our fierce field hockey players, but also all breast cancer survivors and fighters.

For more information about the field hockey team and important updates, visit the Linganore field hockey Twitter page.