Mustangs again among league, region elite
Thorndike — The following is a synopsis of the 2013 Mount View High School field hockey team:
Coach/years coached current team: Gloria Hewett, seventh year.
Last year's record/playoff information: 10-3-1, fifth seed in Eastern Class B playoffs. The Mustangs bested No. 4 Winslow 2-1 in double-overtime in the quarterfinals and lost to No. 1 Belfast 1-0 in the semifinals.
Roster: Seniors Allura Bryant (back), Allyson Clary (forward), Hailey Davis (back), MyKenna Grotton (midfield), Braley Leadbetter (forward), Brittany Moody (back), Caitlyn Poulin (back), Lauren Richards (midfield), Sierra Roberts (forward) and Kassie Thompson (back); juniors Dinah Bilodeau (back/goalie), Kersey Boulay (midfield), Lindsay Morong (back) and Austyn Thomas (forward); sophomores Risa Fox (midfield), Lily Logiodice (goalie) and Megan Mikel (midfield); and freshman Reanna Boulay (forward).
Known graduation losses: Abbie Charrier, Larissa Hannan, Kyrstyn Keating, Brittany Masessa, Andrea Smith, Abby Stubbs, Hannah Towle and Anna Tsomides.
Significant impact players: Leadbetter, Poulin, Kersey Boulay and Moody
Team strength: Teamwork.
Team goal: To qualify for the Eastern Class C playoffs.
Top league opponents: Belfast, Leavitt of Turner, Oceanside of Rockland/Thomaston, Nokomis of Newport, Camden Hills, Gardiner and Winslow.
Outlook: The Mustangs graduated seven starters from last year's team, but coach Hewett seems to have plenty of horses again this fall, a situation evident by the team's first-place finish in the preseason Coastal Field Hockey Play Day Championships.
Hewett said her team features "a solid bunch of girls who play because they love the game” and “are communicating and playing well together.”
The Mustangs are a bit smaller in numbers than they have been in years past, but Hewitt's team is “healthy and are excited to be back in the game.”
“I expect that we will have another good year of hockey,” she said. “I have several returning strong athletes who are joined by newer players and they are handling the preseason scrimmages and play days really well as a team. I expect we will be playing in the tournament again this year.”
Leadbetter is a speedy forward and likely will be one of Mount View's top scorers on offense, while on defense Poulin is "not flashy, but is solid, steady and consistent" the coach said.