Following the lead of the always successful varsity squad, the Belfast Area High School jayvee field hockey team also proved more than competitive during the 2010 fall campaign.

Guided by veteran coach Marci Zaniboni, a former Lion player, BAHS finished 7-1-4 and outscored opponents 24-7.

The 14-player squad included sophomores Avary Lamont, Kaysea Harford, McKenzie Thibodeau, Killyan Richards, Courtney Drinkwater, Lexi Nelligan, Makenzie Canning and Logan Blood; and freshmen Kristine Mehuren, Kelsey Grass, Hannah Bailey, Savana Wood, Dakota Black and Hopeful Merchant.

Julia Ward and Sierra Wood shared time in the cage. The two goalies played and practiced with the Lion varsity, but worked with the jayvees during games.

Zaniboni said playing at BAHS “has benefited many and will continues to do so. I played for Allen Holmes, went on to play at the University of Maine and have been in Belfast working with coach Holmes ever since. This fall marked my 18th year of coaching field hockey and it proved to be another very rewarding season. Our 14-member field hockey team gave their best effort, learned about working together and became a team.”

Coach Zaniboni said the squad began its busy preseason practicing and scrimmaging in August and opened the season at home against Waterville Sept. 4 and finished the campaign against Mount View of Thorndike Oct. 12.

In two months, “we had progressed into a hard-working team,” the coach said. “We played 12 games, finishing with seven wins, one loss and four ties for the season. We scored over three times as much as our opponent.

“Each game we grew physically stronger and mentally stronger too. Our front line grew more and more tenacious, with greater desire to score. Our mid and back lines were more and more determined to support the line in front and the line behind them as well as protect their last defender, our goalie. As the girls understood the job of the whole team and knew game strategy, individuals began to gain awareness of the importance of their
individual roles. Everyone knew what her job was. The expectations were very clear and the girls strove to fulfill the duties of their position. Everyone did their part. The girls played together. What a team.”

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