Young Warriors Field Hockey Team Prides Itself On Work Ethic, Focus

By: Brad Joyal

Topics: Field Hockey

Nauset sophomore Abby Powers advances the ball during a 2-1 victory over Barnstable on Sept. 30. BRAD JOYAL PHOTO

NORTH EASTHAM — It may be a sports cliché to try to get better each time you take the field, but that’s exactly the approach the Nauset field hockey team has adopted this season.

With just two returning players from last year’s squad that fell to Grafton in overtime in the Round of 32 during last year’s Division 2 state tournament, the young Warriors are approaching this fall with the mindset of continuing to improve.

 “Our motto this year is ‘better every day, better every play,’” Nauset coach Cheryl Poore said. “This is the youngest team I’ve ever coached. We have two returning varsity players and we’ve got six freshmen starting, so the coaching staff has had to work as hard as these kids.”

The team has posted a 6-3-1 record through 10 games, including an 8-0 victory over Bridgewater-Raynham on Oct. 3 and a 5-1 loss to Sandwich on Oct. 7 in its most two recent games.

While those scores offer a snapshot of blowouts, the team has spent much of the year battling in close games. Nauset is 3-1 in games decided by just one goal in addition to defeating Martha’s Vineyard 2-0 on Sept. 14.

“It’s crazy and exciting,” said senior co-captain Amelia Stevens, a Brewster resident who noted the close finishes can be nerve-wracking for her and the rest of the Warriors. “We have to just stay focused and take it game by game.”

For Stevens and her co-captain, Cristin Schadt, also a Brewster resident, this season has been a little different. After watching upperclassmen handle the leadership duties in recent years, the two seniors now find themselves being looked at by the younger players with less experience.

“We know that we’re a young team, so we just keep working hard and we don’t ever give up,” said Schadt. “We always play like a team and really get along.”

The two seniors said the key to this season has been “a lot of teamwork and a lot of communication.”

The results also have Nauset in line for a return trip to the Division 2 state tournament — the team was ranked No. 17 in the latest MIAA power rankings released Friday. The rankings are used to determine teams’ seedings in the state tournaments.

“I’m just so proud of where we started and where we’re coming to,” Poore said.

While Schadt and Stevens said they are hopeful of ending their careers with another playoff run, Schadt said the key to qualifying will be maintaining the mindset Poore has preached about improving each day.

“Every game we have to get better and every practice we have to play like we’re in a game situation and work hard,” Schadt said.

NORTH EASTHAM — It may be a sports cliché to try to get better each time you take the field, but that’s exactly the approach the Nauset field hockey team has adopted this season.

With just two returning players from last year’s squad that fell to Grafton in overtime in the Round of 32 during last year’s Division 2 state tournament, the young Warriors are approaching this fall with the mindset of continuing to improve.

“Our motto this year is ‘better every day, better every play,’” Nauset coach Cheryl Poore said. “This is the youngest team I’ve ever coached. We have two returning varsity players and we’ve got six freshmen starting, so the coaching staff has had to work as hard as these kids.”

The team has posted a 6-3-1 record through 10 games, including an 8-0 victory over Bridgewater-Raynham on Oct. 3 and a 5-1 loss to Sandwich on Oct. 7 in its most two recent games.

While those scores offer a snapshot of blowouts, the team has spent much of the year battling in close games. Nauset is 3-1 in games decided by just one goal in addition to defeating Martha’s Vineyard 2-0 on Sept. 14.

“It’s crazy and exciting,” said senior co-captain Amelia Stevens, a Brewster resident who noted the close finishes can be nerve-wracking for her and the rest of the Warriors. “We have to just stay focused and take it game by game.”

For Stevens and her co-captain, Cristin Schadt, also a Brewster resident, this season has been a little different. After watching upperclassmen handle the leadership duties in recent years, the two seniors now find themselves being looked at by the younger players with less experience.

“We know that we’re a young team, so we just keep working hard and we don’t ever give up,” said Schadt. “We always play like a team and really get along.”

The two seniors said the key to this season has been “a lot of teamwork and a lot of communication.”

The results also have Nauset in line for a return trip to the Division 2 state tournament — the team was ranked No. 17 in the latest MIAA power rankings released Friday. The rankings are used to determine teams’ seedings in the state tournaments.

“I’m just so proud of where we started and where we’re coming to,” Poore said.

While Schadt and Stevens said they are hopeful of ending their careers with another playoff run, Schadt said the key to qualifying will be maintaining the mindset Poore has preached about improving each day.

Every game we have to get better and every practice we have to play like we’re in a game situation and work hard,” Schadt said.