STICKWORK: Ce­cil County field hockey pre­views

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By KYLE RUS­SELL

Five starters re­turn for the Bo­hemia Manor field hockey team, which looks to im­prove on a sec­ond­place fin­ish in the Susque­hanna Divi­sion last sea­son un­der sixth- year head coach Ash­ley Christy.

Se­nior Reghan Dunn will lead the mid­field unit af­ter earn­ing All- County recog­ni­tion with seven points in 2015 ( four goals, three as­sists).

The Ea­gles will have to re­con­fig­ure their for­ward line af­ter the loss of Danielle Rutecki, who scored four goals and added three as­sists last sea­son, earn­ing an All- County nod. Daniella Vabriessa and Mary El­lis Car­lyle will step up to head up the forwards, while Danielle Moore will lead the de­fen­sive unit..

One big loss that will need to be reme­died quickly is the loss of hon­or­able men­tion All- County goal­tender Brid­get Wood. Fresh­man Sage Barr has stepped into the cage in her place, and has played well through early ac­tion.

“To have a fresh­man step up like that, and just do great — she has really sur­prised all of us in the goal,” Christy said. “So I am really ex­cited to see where she goes from here.”

An­other young player that is mak­ing a push for increased play­ing time is Lau­ren Wells, a sopho­more who should fac­tor into the pic­ture at for­ward for the Ea­gles.

Af­ter fin­ish­ing the 2015 cam­paign with a win­ning record ( 7- 6 over­all), and nar­rowly miss­ing out on a lower- divi­sion ti­tle by a tiebreaker with Ris­ing Sun — both teams fin­ished 6- 1 in divi­sion play, but the Tigers won the head- to­head matchup — Christy is look­ing to see con­tin­ued im­prove­ment from her young squad.

“Ob­vi­ously, I want to have a win­ning sea­son again this year, but with hav­ing such a young team, see­ing growth within the team is go­ing to be really im­por­tant,” she said. “Com­ing sec­ond in the divi­sion is one of those things that’s al­most bit­ter­sweet, be­cause we were right there, but we fin­ished where we did.

“So we are go­ing into this sea­son with the same men­tal­ity of fo­cus­ing on each game, one at a time, and hop­ing for sim­i­lar re­sults.”

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

Bo­hemia Manor en­ters the sea­son hop­ing to win the Susque­hanna Divi­sion af­ter a sec­ond place fin­ish last year.

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