LAKE GEORGE - Lake George's Field Hockey team has some skilled athletes - players that will undoubtedly be stepping forward to fill the roles of six players who graduated in June, Coach Heather Usher said.
Katelyn Callahan, Taylor Dawson and Jenna Bechard are among those who are likely to be the core of the team. Junior Jenna Bechard is not only likely to be a standout on the team, but she's likely to make her mark in the Adirondack League. Bechard was leading scorer for Lake George last year -as a Sophomore.
Usher said the 2009 Lake George team, with its talents and fast, aggressive play, is likely to improve subtantially on the 2008 team's 5-5 Adirondack League record.
Last year's extraordinary goalie Jordyn Conway graduated, but Chelsea Obarowski, a Senior, will be filling the role.
Since signing on as coach, Usher has mentored her players to develop that "sixth sense" of anticipating where and when their teammates can intercept strokes, receive passes, and provide assistance - qualities that separate good teams from great ones.
Watching the team dribbling, passing and dodging in practice this week, coaching assistant Jamie Bearor Hill said that the players will be focusing on this teamwork, as well as tightening up defense.
"We've got considerable speed on the forward line," she said. "We will be having a great year."