The rest of the Northern Region might be wishing Jefferson field hockey coach Teri Davis would change her mind about where she is playing Kendall Stone.
It was right after tryouts that Davis told Stone, her starting goalkeeper last season, that she was going to play forward with the rest of a skilled Colonials attack.
Stone's presence up front has helped undefeated Jefferson outscore its opposition 18-3 through its first five games.
"That's generated some offense, and I feel like we have some pretty good combinations," Davis said. "Offense has certainly been our strong suit."
One of the benefits of having Stone in the field is her excellent game sense -- she also plays for the school's basketball and soccer teams. It has also created a good scoring balance, as evidenced by an earlier game against Robinson where Stone was one of seven different players to score.
"She definitely is a good field player," said forward Ruth Isenstadt, who leads Jefferson in scoring with five goals. Stone makes a difference because "it's easy in the middle to get really crowded up."
Stone, who has scored two goals so far, was excited about getting the chance to play offense for an entirely different reason.
"It's not as smelly. I'm not going to lie -- it gets pretty smelly back there" because of the goalkeeper's pads, Stone said. "It's a whole lot more fun to play forward."
With Stone's enthusiasm for her new position, she and her teammates can now turn their focus to trying to improve on last year's run to the regional semifinals. The Colonials lost in overtime to eventual state champion W.T. Woodson in the semifinal.
Davis hopes that the offense's success so far has given her team the confidence they need.
"We still have work to do defensively," Davis said. "Offensively, we've been able to have a pretty good passing game and get a fair number of shots on goal."