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Friday, November 25, 2005

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Girls field hockey makes it to States

For the first time in five years, the CCHS Varsity Field Hockey team made it to the Division I MIAA State Tournament. Their 9-7-1 regular season record earned them fourth place in the Dual County League (DCL), one of the most competitive leagues in Massachusetts. With strong players everywhere on the field, there was a great amount of individual talent, but the utilization and combination of all of the player's skills made teamwork C-C's hallmark.

Vanessa Rao demonstrates her stickwork. (Photo by Carol Bailey)
Vanessa Rao
As one of this year's co-captains, senior Teresa Barton was a role model on and off the field. Barton played right midfield where she used her powerful hit to break through walls of defenders and get the ball to the offense. She is praised by Coach Betsy Smith for her quiet confidence. For the second year in a row, Barton was named a First Team DCL All-Star. At right fullback, senior Vanessa Rao was always there to stop the opposing team's breakaways and help get the ball out of the backfield. Coach Smith commended Rao for having the best stick work on the team. This season she was named a Second Team DCL All-Star. While senior Liz Price spent much of the season sidelined with injuries, she never lost her enthusiasm and constant support for fellow teammates. Once healthy, she was the key to the team's success in the Arlington and Westford games, at right wing, by bringing the ball up the right side of the field and crossing it to the left where the goals were scored.

Eliza Jacobellis, a junior this year, was the team leader in goals with a grand total of fourteen. At center forward and left wing, her unmatched speed was essential to many of the team's wins. Another junior, Marissa Fabrizio, was the team's most versatile player. At a moment's notice she could play any position quietly, solidly, and brilliantly. Fabrizio will be one of next year's co-captain's along with current junior, Tess Guttadauro.

This year Guttadauro split the season at center forward and center midfield where she led the team in assists with a total of nine and was also named a First Team DCL All-Star. Junior Hope McLeod and sophomore Kate Ostrowski were both pulled up to varsity at the end of this year's season to play in the state tournament. With many varsity players lost to illness and injury, McLeod and Ostrowski were strong additions to the offensive and midfield line. McLeod provided double duty by playing both offense and midfield while Ostrowski was a crucial player in the midfield line. Both players were essential additions to the varsity team and will bring excellent skill to next year's team.

Carlislian Coach Betsy Smith's first year coaching the varsity team was clearly a successful one. Her knowledge and passion for the game were contagious and inspirational to the team. Coach Smith stressed the importance of stick skills, field position and teamwork. She taught the girls how to play a small-ball game. There was not a single player on the team who did not improve greatly over the course of the season. Along with the improvement of individuals came improvement as a team. By the end of the season, the players developed an innate sense of one another on the field. When working as a unit, the team was unstoppable. With a strong foundation and many talented returning players, next year's team hopes to move onward and upward by returning to the Division I MIAA State Tournament and advancing even further.

The CCHS Varsity team plans to build the field hockey program by enhancing the level of play at a younger age. Summer clinics for middle school players in Concord and Carlisle run by the Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Freshmen coaches and varsity players will deepen the roots for the field hockey program and ultimately raise the level of play at the high school level.


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