By John Torsiello
Head coach Brooke Brumer credits her Simsbury High School field hockey team’s scintillating start to the 2013 season to some pretty tried and true attributes.
“It’s been hard work, conditioning and teamwork,” says the coach, whose team is off to a flying 5-0 start with a big game coming up against South Windsor at home Friday (after press time). She continues, “The team attitude is good. We are a family. One of our player’s dads has brain cancer and the team is rallying around her to comfort and support her. Do they feel they can go a long way this year? Of course. They are a very determined group of young women who strive to get better every day.”
Simsbury opened the season posting wins over Maloney, Haddam-Killingworth, Windsor, Southington and E.O. Smith, the latter by a 7-0 count this past Monday. The victories have come by a combined score of 26-1 with only Haddam-Killingworth, perennially one of the better field hockey teams in the state, notching the only goal against the Lady Trojans thus far.
“Our top players on offense have been Austin Lamothe, Keara Andrews, Christine Caldwell and Meghan Corcoran, and on defense it has been Alex Clark, Stephanie Rosenberg, Annabelle Iler and Sarah Franklin. Allyson Lech, a junior, picked up field hockey this summer and made the team and is a really hard worker. Annie Deliso, a sophomore forward, is also making great strides.”
Through the team’s first four games, Andrews and Caldwell led the team in goals with two each, while Alycia LeConche, Corcoran, Lamothe, Maggie Leon, Kristen Popowski, and Rosenberg had one goal each. Lamothe also had a pair of assists. Goalie Allison Renwich had allowed only that one goal in the H-K game and had been called upon to make only six saves in four games, a tribute to the defenders in front of her and her own quarterbacking skills.
After such a rousing start, it might be easy to carried away with how good this Simsbury team might be at season’s end. Bulmer is playing it tight to the vest.
“You never know how good this team can be. I have some extremely solid players and for a rebuilding year it would be a huge accomplishment for them to be my best ever.”
Against South Windsor (7 p.m.) we have to be mentally and physically prepared and work together as a team.”
The coach adds that despite some bumps and bruises her team is injury free thus far.
“My fingers are crossed.”