WARRENSBURG Despite a league merger that will be intensifying competition, the Warrensburg Varsity Field Hockey Team is looking forward to a championship season, according to its seasoned mentors.
There are an impressive nine experienced Seniors returning to play on the 2013 team — Kerrigan Roth, Aubrey Corriveau, Whitney Markwica, Cregan Callahan, Stephanie Cunningham, Naz Goucher, Jess Putney, Ashey Schloss, and goalie Kim Albright —backed up by six veteran Juniors and standout sophomore Erin Langworthy. Albright, incidentally, averaged 30 saves per game in 2012.
The bulk of the 2013 players were starters on the 2012 team that scored 39 goals on their way to an Adirondack League championship — the very last, apparently. The Adirondack League field hockey teams were assimilated this year into the Wasaren League. The merger occurred after Johnsburg dropped its field hockey program, despite years of success, due to declining school enrollment.
While the Wasaren League features talented squads, the Burghers will prevail, predicted new head Varsity Coach Teresa Colvin. She said the Burghers have set their sights on winning their Fall Classic tourney, tallying a 12-4 season record or better, scoring 50 goals in 2013 and racking up 10 shut-outs — as well as earning championship titles.
“Last year’s team went to the Sectional semi-finals, and they have some unfinished business to take care of,” Colvin said. “The team is ready this year, and their goal is to go to ‘the states.’”
In this week’s practices, Colvin was backed up by veteran coach Mary ann Bump, who has tallied an impressive number of championships — and taken several teams to the state tourneys — during her coaching career that’s spanned three decades.
Colvin said she enjoyed Bump’s assistance, and the 2013 team was indeed identifying with Warrensburg’s legacy of field hockey championships.
“The girls are working phenomenally well together, they’re scoring goals and they’re working hard on defense,” she said. “It’s only day three of practice, and they’ve got their eye on the state tournament — that’s where they want to go.”