The Wilbraham & Monson Field Hockey program strives to develop its players as confident student-athletes of a global school. In addition to personal fitness, tactical skills, and team strategy, the coaching staff emphasizes how sports can provide invaluable lessons to its participants. Head Coach Liz Fontaine comments, "I look forward to building the WMA field hockey program. It is my intention to not only coach field hockey but to develop a program based on sportsmanship, teamwork and dedication to athletics and academics."
The WMA field hockey program accepts all levels of athletic ability on the squad. Whether students are preparing to play field hockey in college or simply starting a new sport, the coaches welcome all students.
Sports can bond a group of 20 diverse individuals to fight together to win a game, championship or gold medal. It can also be a connection between different countries or cultures. The coaches also work to establish an appreciation of field hockey beyond the immediate prep school community. Coach Fontaine states, "Field hockey is one of the top six sports in the world and it's played in over 110 countries. The sport has allowed me to have teammates from all over the country and to travel internationally. It has opened my eyes to the expanse of the world, and I want my players to understand, if not experience, the power of a global sport."
The field hockey team took another positive step in 2013. The squad finished with a 4-9-1 record. The attack scored more goals this season than in the last two seasons combined. The Titans' defense kept the team together throughout the season. Seeing consistent action in every game, they held strong. Due to their hard work and determination, the team earned three shutouts.
With the largest group of returning players in the past three years, the Titans will look to continue developing their talents for the fall of 2014. Hannah Clewes '15 will return as a second year co-captain, and Sophie Gourley '15 will join her as co-captain. Hannah and Sophie will look to lead the Varsity program and new Junior Varisty team.
2013 WNEPSFHA All-Stars
Sydney Liptak '16, Megan Wells '16
2012 WNEPSFHA All-Stars
Allie Cerpovicz '13, Sydney Liptak '16