(Sept. 6, 2013) Stephen Decatur field hockey Coach Michelle Fluty said the Lady Seahawks still have some aspects of the game to work on, but she has seen steady improvement since preseason began on Aug. 14.
“I’m happy with what we’ve accomplished in such a short time,” said Fluty, coach of the team for four seasons. “Our strength will be in our speed and our ‘never give up’ type of attitude.”
After 11 seniors graduated following the 2011 season, 2012 was a “rebuilding year” for the Seahawks. Decatur finished last year 2-11. The season ended with a 10-1 loss to Northeast of Anne Arundel County in the second round of the 3A East Regional tournament.
Only two players graduated from the 2012 team. Thirteen of the 17 Seahawks on Fluty’s roster this year are veterans.
“I’m excited for this year’s team because the girls came back ready to work and they’re willing to put in the effort to improve,” Fluty said. “It’s nice this year to have girls with at least a year of varsity experience under their belts.”
She will rely on her seven seniors for leadership. They each have “different strengths,” Fluty said.
Senior Erin Florek, a forward, has been a member of the team for four years. She was named to the All-Bayside Conference Second Team in 2012. Florek tore her ACL during the basketball season last winter, but she was cleared to play field hockey before the season began.
“I definitely think overall I can help everyone be motivated more on the field and try to pull everyone together when we’re out there,” Florek said. Teamwork and communication will be key factors in the Seahawks’ success, she said.
“We have some stuff to work on, but we’re definitely steps ahead of last year…we’re working together more and the skills are there, too,” Florek said.
Senior Cassidy Remmell will play on the forward line with Florek. Veteran Kaci Moore, a senior, will help run the defense along with goalies Abby Friedman, a senior, and Sophia Clemente, a sophomore.
“I’m really excited and looking forward to all the games,” said Friedman, a four-year player. “The offense is doing really [well] and the defense is doing [well], too. Last year was a beginning year because we had so many new players [so] we’re expecting to win more games this year.”
Newcomer Sarah Mitrecic, a freshman, will contribute in the midfield. She has field hockey experience and a “solid foundation to build on,” Fluty said.
Fluty said the goals this season are for the Seahawks to continue to work hard, to put up a good fight each game and to improve after every competition.