Field Hockey Storms Early Season

After two dominating 2-0 wins against King and Holy Cross, and a tie against Hopkins, the Storm field hockey team is looking strong as ever.

On Monday, September 23rd, St. Luke’s grabbed their first win of the season in a league matchup against Holy Child. An aggressive first goal by Virginia Mahoney put St. Luke’s ahead 1-0 at the half. The Storm started the second half confidently and put in a chip shot from senior captain, Kai Burton. Holy Child did not go down easy, but thanks to St. Luke’s goalkeeper Sally Rose Zuckert, the Storm went home with the 2-0 win.

Field Hockey captains Kai Burton '14, Seeley Fancher '14, and Meghan Miller '14

Field Hockey captains Kai Burton ’14, Seeley Fancher ’14, and Meghan Miller ’14

Last Saturday’s Hopkins Homecoming game was quite a thriller for the visiting St. Luke’s team. With the score still equal at the end of regulation, the Storm and the Stags went into a seven aside overtime. Led defensively by Haley Overlander ’15 in the second half and overtime, the Storm limited Hopkins to only a few shot attempts. Excellent performances by Senior Captain Kai Burton and attacker Avery Bachman ’15 kept pressure on the Hopkins defense. Unfortunately for the St. Luke’s offense, extra-time ran out before the girls could create a breakthrough, and the game ended in a tie.

The Storm dropped a tough 2-1 game to King at home on September 19, so victory couldn’t have been sweeter this Wednesday when they beat our biggest rivals.

Defensively, the Storm back three were un-breakable with a notable performance from Paige Lord 18’. Luke’s keeper Sally Rose Zuckert 15’ had several key saves in the second half to preserve the shutout.

Offensively, the girls controlled the game with a dominant passing game, led by the sisters Caley and Cameron Stonehouse. After peppering the King keeper with shots, Cayley Stonehouse slotted one in just before the end of the first half to give the Storm the lead. Senior captain and mid-fielder Seeley Fancher led the charge in the second half, netting a goal of her own to secure the win.

The Sentinel got to talk to Seeley Fancher about the team’s success. She attributes the team’s win against King to hustle and grit saying, “We lost to king earlier in the season and we worked very hard with revenge in mind. We all played great because we really wanted it.”

Seeley says that she is confident in her team’s stick skills and physical ability but there is room for improvement. “One thing we need to fix is coming out on top in the sense that we need to start the game how we usually finish our games. We always finish with 100% energy and it would be really great if we could start with that much energy too.”

The team’s next opponent is Kingsford Oxford. If the Storm’s past few games are any indicator, expect a great game.

— Will Bloomer, Sports Editor

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