It’s fun to surprise an opponent not expecting a tough game. That’s what the Huntington High School varsity field hockey team might be doing a lot of this fall. The Blue Devils are better than everyone thought they would be and enthusiasm is running high among players and coaches.
Coached by Kathy Wright and Allison Conlon, the Blue Devils are captained by senior Lauren Holly and juniors Laurel Bonn, Grace Agrillo and Erin Scanlon.
The experienced squad also includes freshman Charlotte Curtin; sophomores Jordanna Paniccia, Brooke Parks and Olivia Polinsky; and juniors Grace Allen, Gemma Cartwright, Laura Curtin, Quinn Fox, Tessie Maerz, Markella Markotsis, Kaci McDonald, Kathryn Meagher, Rachel Morina, Abigail Pawlak, Carlee Schultz and Stephanie Wickey.
“Field hockey is going great,” Laura Curtin said. “It’s so much fun. I think that our team is very promising and we could go very far this year since everyone on the team has such good skills.”
Huntington began game play this week. The Blue Devil schedule features 16 games, running through October 23. The squad hopes to make a playoff run that extends the campaign into November.
“Field hockey is going great,” Polinsky said. “It’s looking like we'll have a very strong team this year. Our offensive and midfield players have excellent running abilities and stick skills. And our defensive line is pretty solid.”
With only one senior on the roster, the Blue Devils are hoping to have long term success, but first things first. Huntington is hoping to win as many games as possible this fall.
“The team is looking really good,” McDonald said. “We have a strong group of returning girls. We have a very good team bond. I believe that we can make it very far this season if we keep up how we are playing.”