Lady Jags field hockey starts season with "determination"

JOHNSBURG - After losing a total of 11 players from last year's team, Johnsburg varsity field hockey will make up for size with determination, according to head coach Jill S. Toney.

Last year the Lady Jags logged an impressive league record of 8-2 and finishing with a 13-6 overall record.

With seven seniors returning to the field this year, Toney is confident that they have the ability and the drive to not only step up and fill holes from last year, but to leave their own mark on the league.

"Seniors will lead the team both on and off the field from the frontline to the circle," said Toney.

Key scoring factor and leader of the frontline is senior Kelly Blackhurst. She had impressive sophomore and junior years and is looking to make her last season the best yet, according to Toney.

Leading the frontline with Blackhurst are seniors Emily Burns and Keri Cleveland. Both are key assets to the scoring ability of the Lady Jags frontline. Junior Hailey West rounds out the offense.

Senior Kelsey Williford has been at the helm of Toney's midfield for three years and will lead again this year along with fellow senior Samantha Burns. Sophomore Johana Harvey will join them at midfield.

"Margaret Welz will be a huge factor for our defense," said Toney.

Welz is joined on defense by fellow senior Brittany Allard and juniors Cortina Greene and Stephanie Ovitt.

Junior Cassandra Prouty will be in goal.

Toney has been with the team for 16 years has no doubt that this year's team will be competitive despite their loses.

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