STICKWORK: Cecil County field hockey previews
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.”
Bohemia Manor enters the season hoping to win the Susquehanna Division after a second place finish last year.