Published December 14, 2018
MELROSE—The Melrose High girl’s field hockey team wrapped up their enjoyable fall season at a recent athletic banquet, where outgoing seniors were honored and awards distributed.
Middlesex League All Stars were named: Mairead Clark and Brianna Stanton.
Coach Erin Parker spoke of the team’s spirited effort in their 2018 campaign, which saw Melrose not only earn wins but play incredibly tight battles with competitive teams.
“Their effort during the season was good,” she says. “They came to practice ready to get better and eager to learn. I think spending time over the summer preparing for the season helped, like captain’s practice three days a week, summer league, and team camp.”
Parker notes that Melrose struggled some confidence. “There is no magic fix for this but I think small gains each season helps build that.”
Melrose battled to particular close games against Freedom League opponents such as Burlington, Stoneham, Wilmington to lose by just one goal. Creating offense is something the coach would like to improve upon next season. “We had ups and downs during the season in terms of scoring and I think this was related to confidence as well. Most of our goals were scored by underclassmen and our entire defensive unit is returning, so I am optimistic about the future.”
Saying goodbye this season are seniors Lizzie Carson, Mackenzie Moreschi, Mairead Clark and Maeve McGillicuddy. They are a group of athletes Parker will forever be grateful for. “My seniors were all good field hockey players and great young women. They demonstrated strong character and I was so happy to have gotten to share their senior year with them. They all are also excellent students and I can’t wait to hear about their successes in the years to come. I will miss them a lot but look forward to playing with them in the alumni game next year!”