Cheshire field hockey forward Emma Farrel has been playing the sport since seventh grade. Ever since she started playing, setting up teammates to score goals and getting assists has always been the biggest thrill for the senior.
On Monday, her playmaking ability resulted in a school milestone. Sher had three goals and two assists in an 8-1 win over Mercy to give her a school record 42 career assists. Farrel broke the mark of 41 set by Rebecca Slisz who played from 1987-1990 under coach Arlene Salvati.
“I’ve always liked to pass and be a team player,” Farrel said. “I have never been the type of person who looks to break records. But for me, this is a good record to break. I don’t know why but getting assists has always been a lot more fun for me.”
Cheshire coach Eileen Dunham said Farrel has always been a selfless, team player with a huge presence on the field.
“Assisting people is really important to Emma,” Dunham said. “Her speed is one reason she is good at getting assists. But she is just so smart out there. She has great field vision and knows where her teammates are at all times. Because of her speed and vision, no matter how cluttered the space is, she can always get the ball through that tight space to a teammate to set up a goal.”
Another school milestone is within reach for Farrel. She is seven points away from becoming the all-time points leader at Cheshire. She has 107 career points (65 goals, 42 assists). Wendi Kemp holds the record with 113 career points set from 1978-81.