By John Torsiello
Head coach Brooke Brumer says after her team’s 5-0 start to the 2013 season it has been a bit of a “roller coaster ride.”
Simsbury opened the campaign posting wins over Maloney, Haddam-Killingworth, Windsor, Southington and E.O. Smith, the latter by a 7-0 count this past Monday, with the victories have come by a combined score of 26-1. Only Haddam-Killingworth, perennially one of the better field hockey teams in the state, touched up the Lady Trojans for a goal in those first five games.
Last year’s team had a 16-3 record and won the Central Connecticut Conference West Division. Brumer is in her fifth year at the helm of the Lady Trojans, having also coached for a number of years in Rhode Island. Her Simsbury teams have won over 60 games during her tenure.
Simsbury graduated nine of 11 starters from last year’s team that lost in the semifinals of the state Class L tournament, so just how good this year’s club would be was anybody’s guess. Even Brumer believed it would be a rebuilding year for her program.
After that fast start, Simsbury went 3-2-2 with an overtime loss to Hall. But the Lady Trojans may be back on the rise after a 2-1 win over Conard Tuesday afternoon. Senior Allie Woodruff had a goal and an assist, senior Keara Andrews had a goal, and senior Christine Caldwell had an assist. Senior goalie Allison Renwick had five saves.
“We have three games remaining and we are pumped up for all of them,” said Brumer, “and we can definitely win our final regular season games even though it’s our stiffest competition of the season. We’ll have to keep a great attitude for the remainder of our games.”
The head coach pointed to junior Annabelle Iler, senior Lily Schwitter, and senior Steph Rosenberg as being among the best players on the field for her squad of late.
“We had great team chemistry at the start of the season but we got into a little lull last week, losing to Northwest Catholic on Friday when we didn’t play well.”
Simsbury was to meet Farmington Friday (after press time) and then Glastonbury on Monday.
“We then have our biggest rival, Avon next Wednesday,” said Brumer. “We beat them in preseason but we will see what happens.”
Through the team’s first 13 games, the Lady Trojans scored 45 goals and allowed only six scores. Andrews was the team’s leading scorer with 10 goals and two assists, while Caldwell, senior Austin Lamothe, sophomore Annie Deliso, Woodruff and junior Meghan Corcoran all had four goals. Schwitter had six assists, while junior Cameron Molinare and Caldwell had five and Rosenberg and Corcoran had four assists each. Renwick made 46 saves in 13 games and recorded seven shutouts.