AUBURN, Mass. – Like many teams at Auburn High School, the field hockey squad has seen plenty of success in the last few years.
And as players hit the practice field for the first time on Thursday, the team is looking to continue its recent success this season.
“The expectations are pretty high for us,” said Head Coach Bethann Cormier. “Every year I expect the kids to do their best and work hard every day. And I’ve never been disappointed with them. They always meet that standard.
“With that attitude, the wins and losses will work themselves out,” Cormier continued.
In 2010, the team won the Central Massachusetts title and made the state championship game. Then last season, the field hockey squad lost in the Central Massachusetts final.
Cormier said that the team has “great leaders who went through excellent summer training,” as they try to recapture the Division 2 trophy.
“We have three senior captains, and they’re just outstanding kids,” the head coach said. “They’re great role models for our younger players and have excellent work ethic. Just great leaders on and off the field.”
Cormier said that she’s fortunate to have athletes who are ready to play and excited to get out on the field.
“We can teach skills in practice, but the players need to bring the commitment themselves,” she said. “We’re lucky to have these players who have that commitment and step up leaders.”
Cormier also said she is fortunate to have such quality assistant coaches.
The first day on the practice field for field hockey is Thursday, Aug. 23.
Athletic Director William Garneau said the school’s sports teams are ready to go.
“It should be another exciting fall,” Garneau said. “We have a very strong senior class. The coaches are excited and the kids have been working hard all summer.”