Victorious Senior Day a bright spot for Hartford field hockey in disrupted season

  • Hartford's Zoe Pfeiffer drives on Rutland goalkeeper Jessica Ebbighausen as Emma Notte, left, defends in the third quarter of their game in White River Junction, Vt., on Oct. 15, 2020. Hartford won, 3-0. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. valley news photographs — Geoff Hansen

  • Hartford's field hockey team huddles up before the start of their game with Rutland in White River Junction, Vt., on Oct. 15, 2020. Hartford's 3-0 victory is their first of the season. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Geoff Hansen

  • Hartford's Ryelee Potwin, drives deep into Rutland's end of the field as Mary Sutton defends in the third quarter of their game in White River Junction, Vt., on Oct. 15, 2020. Hartford won, 3-0. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 10/15/2020 10:20:40 PM
Modified: 10/15/2020 10:20:33 PM

HARTFORD — For Bailey Cameron and her four other senior teammates on the Hartford High field hockey team, this season has been unorthodox to say the least.

They’ve adjusted to wearing masks when playing, had their schedule cut in half and played in front of limited crowds.

But Thursday afternoon was a bright spot for the group as they were recognized on senior day before helping the Hurricanes grab their first victory of the season, a 3-0 defeat of Rutland.

“I’ve been pretty upset about it because it is our senior season,” said Cameron, who recorded Hartford’s first shutout of the year. “I wanted it to be a good season, and it has been so far. But it obviously stinks when you lose. It’s been hard for us seniors because we’ve been robbed of so many games.”

The Hurricanes got on the board less than two minutes into the contest when Chloe Jensen scored on a pass from Elsie Davis. The goal came on the left side of the net after Jasmine Jenkins tried to get past Rutland goalie Jessica Ebbighausen.

Hartford (1-4) kept the pressure on the Raiders, creating five corner opportunities in the first period. The two teams shared the possession battle in the second quarter, but the Canes were able to extend their lead right before the half.

With 1:03 remaining before the break, Jenkins passed in the ball on a right corner toward the left side. A scrum of players went for the ball, but Alice Piper was able to poke it in near the left post for her second goal of the season.

The score gave Hartford a comfortable 2-0 advantage.

Kamryn Brower tallied the game’s final score 53 seconds into the second half on the right side of the Raiders’ net, a shot setup by Zoe Pfeiffer.

Both teams were playing their fifth game of the season, which usually comes the second week of September.

The limited schedule has stunted development for Hartford, coach Heather Scudder said.

“We’re not fielding a legitimate jayvee team and there is value in having a jayvee program,” she said. “Having the kids develop their skills before they come to me (is important.) And when they just started this schedule and I looked at it, and we were playing New Hampshire and Vermont powerhouses, I prepared these kids that we might start the season 0-4.”

Hartford’s defense held the visitors to only a shot on goal and Rutland (0-5) couldn’t produce shots off of their two penalty corners.

Ebbighausen was outstanding in goal, however, making 11 saves in the loss.

Thursday’s contest was the Raiders’ final game of the regular season, and they too have faced problems with their shortened schedule.

“It’s been very difficult,” Rutland coach Karen Poljacik admitted. “Like, normally, this would be our 14th game. We have improved every game we have played, but in only playing five games and having large time off between them, it just doesn’t help you.”

Playoff pairings are expected to be announced Tuesday and all teams will be making the postseason.

A year ago, the Canes lost in overtime to Mount Abraham, 2-1, in the semifinals of the Division II tournament.

Scudder has told her players all season that they just need to play well toward the end. And she also knows they’ve yet to play an “easy” team as she puts it.

“I have to get it right, and I have to start getting it right soon,” she said. “The kids give me everything they’ve got, I’m starting to see development in the young ones and the old ones are clicking. I’m hoping to go deep in that tournament.”

NOTES: Hartford visits Fair Haven on Saturday and Burr & Burton on Monday to close out the season. ... The five Hartford seniors are Morgan Barwood, Cameron, Jenkins, Pfeiffer and Ryelee Potwin. ... Scudder said that while this season has been like no other, she still has plenty of energy left in the tank. She’s in her 32nd season of coaching and in her second stint at Hartford.

Pete Nakos can be reached at pnakos@vnews.com.




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