Young but enthusiastic Plymouth North field hockey is tackling tough season

“It’s much easier to learn by doing rather than explaining,” said Hayes.

Hayes cited the team’s 7-1 loss to perpetually strong Sandwich as an example to open the season.

“Instead of explaining to them, ‘You have to take the free kicks,’ they saw how fast Sandwich was moving and that made sense,” said Hayes. “Everything is starting to fall into place. “

Plymouth North’s Maeve Campbell fires a shot as Duxbury’s Mae Zimmer defends in a recent Patriot League clash.Barry Chin / Globe Staff

The team is led by an experienced group of upper-class students who helped win three straight Keenan Division titles and went 12-1-1 in 2020. The senior captains are Emily jenkins, left winger and three-time star of the Patriot League, and Ella Mitchell, a midfielder. Senior journeyman Caroline Egan was one of the top scorers last year and is already finding the back of the net this season, scoring the team’s first goal on Monday against Whitman-Hanson. Patriotic League MVP Maëva Campbell also returns after a total of 20 goals and 11 assists last fall.

With the goal, the Blue Eagles enter a second year, Lily johnson, who played for the JV team last season. Johnson has been working through the offseason, looking to develop his skills to strengthen his game.

“She put [in] his time and his effort during the offseason, ”said Hayes. “She continues to improve daily.”

It won’t be easy to repeat as league champions, given the strength of Hanover and Scituate. Another difficult test will be the two clashes against Hingham, in what Hayes calls a “friendly rivalry”.

“I was close to their coach (Susan petrie) for a few years, ”Hayes laughed. “We chat before the game, then we look at each other during the game, then we chat after the game.”

Plymouth North's Megan Hanna drops to try to block a shot from Duxbury's Mae Zimmer.
Plymouth North’s Megan Hanna drops to try to block a shot from Duxbury’s Mae Zimmer.Barry Chin / Globe Staff

This season, not only are there a lot of newcomers on Plymouth North’s roster, but there’s also one on the sidelines: Hayes’ seven-month-old daughter. She often comes to matches and training, wrapped in a trusty Baby Bjorn scarf. It’s a balancing act, but a Hayes has seen other field hockey coaches cope.

“I’m not the first field hockey coach to carry her baby to the sidelines,” she said.

Hayes hopes the year full of new additions will set the tone for a prosperous future. “We are very young, but it will give us more time together and give us a great foundation for the future,” she said.

Free shots

â–ª At 2-0, Franklin got off to a great start, winning Hockomock League games against Canton and Attleboro, 5-1 and 4-1, respectively. What marked the Panthers’ early successes was their large number of goal scorers – six players scored their nine goals, including four who scored their first college goals.

“To be honest it was a bit of a surprise, but a really good surprise,” Franklin coach said. Michelle hess. “I knew we had players who could score, but I was nervous because a lot of them are young with limited college experience. They took up the challenge well. “

Kendall jones has a three-goal lead team. The Panthers believe their depth can be an asset during the fall.

“We’re a well-rounded team with depth in every position,” said Hess. “We are fast and highly skilled.

â–ª Lucy stillman, a graduate of Rice Memorial High School in Fairfax, Vermont, who is an assistant field hockey coach at St. Lawrence University, is being treated in the intensive care unit at Massachusetts General Hospital after falling ill in late August. Her exact diagnosis has not yet been determined, but she was transferred from the University of Vermont Medical Center due to the seriousness of her case. A GoFundMe page created by Stillman’s colleagues in St. Lawrence has raised more than $ 16,000 for his medical bills, and they are now asking the Massachusetts field hockey community to help the Stillman family with housing and to feed while staying with Lucy.

â–ª First year Monomoy trainer Catherine andreoli began their inaugural season with the Sharks with a 7-1 victory over Martha’s Vineyard. Offensive catalyst Caroline DiGiovanni exploded for five goals, scoring his first two minutes of play only. Monomoy will travel to Plymouth North on Thursday.

â–ª The preparatory teams will be on the field this week for their first competitions of the season, most after a hiatus of almost two years. Phillips Andover will lead the Independents and Rivers School will look to win a League of Independent Schools title this fall. In a preseason scrum between the two teams, Andover secured a solid 6-0 victory over the Red Wings, who were the 2019 regular season champions. In ISL play, Tabor, St. Mark’s and Governor’s are also teams to watch.

Games to watch

Thursday, Georgetown at Triton, 3:45 p.m. —After beating 2019 Division 2 champion North Lynnfield on Monday, Triton is poised to make the Top 20. Can the Vikings continue to play hard through tough Cape Ann?

Friday, Masconomet # 2 at # 5 Andover, 4 p.m. – Most likely the game of the season so far, this non-league game.

Monday, # 13 Plymouth North at # 8 Somerset Berkley, 3:30 p.m. – SB, the 2018-19 Division 1 State Champion, is still chasing his first win of the season. They will face a tough test against the Blue Eagles.

Tuesday, # 9 Lexington at # 15 Belmont, 7:15 p.m. – This battle of Middlesex League teams in the top 20 will be an important arbiter in determining the league’s elite.

Correspondent Olivia Nolan also contributed to this story.