MORNING SENTINEL: Thomas field hockey stays competitive with young roster

MORNING SENTINEL: Thomas field hockey stays competitive with young roster

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WATERVILLE, Maine - The Thomas College field hockey team entered a Wednesday night contest with Colby at 1-2, having already surpassed early expectations of head coach Andrea Thebarge.

The Terriers have played competitive field hockey with a young roster that includes nine freshmen. The Terriers beat Southern Maine 1-0 in the season opener Sept. 1, before falling 2-1 to Simmons on Sept. 3 and 1-0 at Nichols six days later.

"I'm really happy with how we've been playing really early in the season," Thebarge said. "We're just not finishing. Our stats have been overwhelmingly better than our opponents. We're just not putting the ball in the cage."

The scoring opportunities were there against Simmons as Thomas held a 12-3 advantage on penalty corners. And they were there in the Nichols contest, as the Terriers had decisive advantages in shots (17-2) and penalty corners (24-3).

"We have a lot of people in different positions this year," Thebarge said. "We have two people playing forward that were both defenders last year, so that's quite a change. Some of our opponents have had some great defensive saves, kind of got robbed a few times. But I definitely think it will come."

Thebarge is pleased with how quickly team chemistry has developed, with veteran players meshing well with the freshmen class.

Kennebunk native Tiffany Weeks is the top returning veteran. She leads the team with a goal and an assist. Thebarge also credited the play of senior forward and Gardiner native Abigail Dunn.

"Those guys have really stepped up strong," Thebarge said. "Tiff was a right back last year and now she's a left wing, so she's one of those that's adjusting to a new position."

On defense, one of the top returners is Mount View graduate and senior back Caitlyn Poulin.

"(Poulin) is really our quarterback back there on defense," Thebarge said.

Kennebunk native Allie Gregoire — who earned a spot in the starting lineup at midfield — and Thornton Academy graduate Sidney Hurst lead a talented group of newcomers. Thebarge also has two new goalies who share playing time in freshman MacKenzie Oberholzer and Skowhegan native Leah Kruse.

The combination could well be a success this season, and certainly sets up the Terriers for the next four years.

"It's exciting for the future," Thebarge said.

Thomas next plays at Mount Holyoke on Sunday.