When senior Hannah Leckey started playing field hockey as a freshman for Hand, she didn’t know how her four-year career would turn out playing for her mom, Sue Leckey.
She only knew three things at the time – she loved playing field hockey, she wanted to get better and improve each season and her ultimate goal was to help the team win their first CIAC Class M championship.
Versatility became Hannah Leckey’s forte, playing just about every position throughout her career. This past season she transitioned from playing midfield as a junior to a senior defender because her mom needed to improve her defense.
The move paid off as Hannah Leckey was a defensive catalyst for the Tigers. The Tigers allowed only 22 goals in 23 games, they posted eight shutouts and ended up with a 20-2-1 record.
The Tigers finished the season with a field hockey trifecta by winning the Southern Connecticut Conference regular-season title (tied Lauralton Hall for the title with identical 10-0-1 records), defeated Lauralton Hall 2-1 in overtime in the SCC tournament championship game and defeated Wilton 2-1 for the Class M state championship.
For her effort, Hannah Leckey has been selected as the Register All-Area field hockey most valuable player.
“I couldn’t be happier for the way it all turned out,” Hannah Leckey said. “There was never any real pressure playing for my mom. Like everyone else on the team I had a job to do and we all worked hard to have this special season. All I ever wanted to do was help our team win and get a state championship. Looking back it’s all been so surreal, walking off that field at Wethersfield High with the state title was so surreal. I’m so happy, happy for our team and really happy to get that state title for my mom.”
Hannah Leckey also did her part on offense with 11 goals and 16 assists, including scoring the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win over Avon in the Class M semifinals.
“Hannah worked real hard outside the season to hone her skills,” said Sue Leckey, who with Hannah set a Register All-Area milestone as the first mother-daughter to earn All-Area MVP and All-Area Coach of the Year honors in the same season. “In the off-season, she played with standout players like Michelle Federico (two-time All-Area field hockey selection from Cheshire now playing for Quinnipiac) for the HTC field hockey club.
“Her strength for a long time was her versatility and her unbelievable ability to fill any role that was asked of her. But this year she exploded with her dominance on the field. It was fun to see that athletic maturity.”
Hannah Leckey’s goal is to play collegiately some day. But after she graduates from Hand, she said her immediate plan “is to end up PG-ing at a prep school somewhere for a year where I can play field hockey at a higher level and also be at a place that interests me academically.”