Sherwood field hockey makes a name for itself

September 26, 2012

The Sherwood field hockey team hasn’t struggled with much this season, but the Warriors are starting to have trouble staying anonymous.

The No. 9 Warriors (8-0, 4-0 Montgomery 4A East) have traditionally embraced an underdog role in the deep Montgomery County field hockey landscape, but after consecutive wins last week over last year’s Maryland 4A South finalists Springbrook and Blake, other teams are starting to pay attention.

“We see a lot of coaches at our games now,” Sherwood Coach Amy Morse said. “Definitely more than we used to. The challenge for us is to keep surprising the teams we play with different tactics and gameplans, because other teams are taking notice.”

So far, Morse has relied on a deep roster of playmakers in her team’s eight consecutive wins, as seven different players have scored at least one of the 36 goals that put the squad on pace to break the team record for goals scored during Morse’s eight seasons in charge.

Morse said 10 of her 16 players are straight-A students, so she has felt comfortable implementing more complex strategies and individual gameplans suited for specific opponents.

“We’re preparing for each game and doing everything in our power to beat the next opponent,” Morse said. “It’s taking a look at the best players we have to target on the other team and looking at how they set up their defenses and playing accordingly.”

In Saturday’s 3-2 win against Blake, for example, senior defender Sarah Loughran blanketed Bengals standout forward Caroline Wannen, holding the All-County performer to one goal and one assist.

Junior forwards Emily Kenul and Gabrielle Yore have paced the Warrior offense, while Loughran and senior Matta Sannoh lead the defense and junior Christina Ricciuti is strong in goal.

Springbrook (4-2-1, 2-2) and Blake (5-1, 4-1) will likely stand in Sherwood’s way again, but the Warriors are focused on trying to reach their first state tournament since 1985.

“We’re preparing for the games coming up but also preparing to see these teams again in the playoffs,” Morse said. “These girls really do make a commitment that they’re going to improve.”

The Post Top 10

Since its season-opening overtime loss to South River, Glenelg has outscored its opponents 36-3 including an impressive 8-2 win over previously undefeated River Hill on Friday... Westfield has allowed just two goals total in nine games against Virginia AAA Northern Region opponents, including a 3-0 win over previously undefeated Fairfax on Monday...Wootton has won six straight games since a weather-shortened tie in its season opener, and the Patriots face a tough test in Churchill (6-1) on Friday.

(Records through Tuesday)

1. South River (5-1-1) Last week: 1

2. Glenelg (5-1) LW: 2

3. Westfield (10-2) LW: 5

4. Broadneck (6-2) LW: 3

5. Severna Park (6-1) LW: 4

6. St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes (5-3) LW: 6

7. Wootton (6-0-1) LW: 9

8. Bullis (6-0) LW: NR

9. Sherwood (8-0) LW: NR

10. Fairfax (11-1) LW: 10

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