The Saint Thomas More Preparatory field hockey team is off to its typical fast start, but wants its accomplishments measured in how deep a run it makes into the postseason this year.
The Saint Thomas More Preparatory field hockey team is no stranger to regular season success.
So it should be no surprise that out of the gate this year, the Ravens are 4-1, 3-1. But spend some time around this version of the team, and one would think nothing has been accomplished.
The reason for that, Head Coach Debbie Windett said, is because STM hasn’t done anything yet.
Sure, the regular season wins are nice, Windett said, but this team wants more this year, including a tournament berth and trip beyond the first round.
Boasting a roster that features nine seniors, the coach said there is an attitude among the team that now is the time, especially since some of the other girls’ sports at STM have been victorious recently.
“I think that’s the urgency with these kids,” Windett said. “The basketball kids have been to the tournament, the soccer girls got in the tournament, so we want to do the same thing.”
Three of this year’s seniors, co-captains Meghan McGloin, Katie Price and Abby Lauder, are charged with leading this experienced group into the uncharted territory this fall.
McGloin said the desire to go deeper in the tournament reaches a personal level, especially since most of the seniors have been members of the team since they were freshmen.
“We were with the first winning season and the first team to make it to the tournament,” she said. “And we know this is our last hurrah and we just want to go out with a bang.”
With so many veterans on this year’s team, Windett said her job as coach has become easier, not to mention the fact the intensity in practice has picked up.
“I see so much leadership from them,” she said. “I don’t see a lot of drama. They’re very serious about what they’re doing. And that makes my job easy.”
Price said practices this year have been much different, especially once the ball drops in a scrimmage.
“Full-field scrimmages are very game-like, so they can get pretty heated,” she said. “We have a lot of competitive people, which is good.”
And the reason for the ultra-competitive scrimmages, Lauder said, is so once the real thing rolls around the Raven girls are ready.
“In practice, we’re not all nicey-nice to each other,” she said. “We go all out in our scrimmages so it translates into our games.”
“We can be screaming at each other but we know we’re still friends,” Price added.
The Ravens still have nine games left on the schedule, so Windett knows its no time to turn the team’s focus to the state tournament.
The coach said because the team’s strength of schedule is not on par with some of the state’s other elite teams, there cannot be too many flaws for STM going forward.
“We can’t afford a lot of losses,” Windett said. “We’ve got to continue to play well. And we do have a lot of depth but we’ve got to avoid getting anyone hurt. We need this whole group together and intact.”
WHO Saint Thomas More Preparatory (4-1, 3-1) vs. Archmere Academy (3-1, 2-0)
WHEN 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30
WHERE Saint Thomas More Preparatory, 133 Thomas More Drive, Magnolia
Email Brian Citino at email@example.com