In the last two seasons, the Mount Abraham Union High School field hockey team won a total of three games. This season, the Eagles already have seven victories.
In a year that has multiple programs coming back from losing seasons, no one has improved more that Mount Abraham.
“There is a really strong nucleus of kids who are passionate about field hockey and who have worked really hard,” said Mary Stetson, the team’s longtime coach.
The Eagles (7-2-1) play in the very tough Metro Division, but they have wins against Champlain Valley and Burlington and handed South Burlington its lone loss of the season.
“The goal is to play our best every game out because in this conference you don’t match up well if you don’t play your best,” Stetson said. “That’s what we’ve been focusing on, executing every time we go out.”
Rice rained out
Last week, rainy weather cancelled Rice’s two scheduled games, making the last two weeks of the season chock full of action. The Green Knights are 6-0-1.
“We’ve been working really hard in practice but they players are ready to play someone other than themselves,” Rice coach Kelly McClintock said.
In addition to the two games that were rained out this week, Rice has had two more games cancelled earlier in the year, making it four games to make up. With one already played, the Green Knights still have three to go in addition to the regular games on the schedule.
“This week will be challenging,” McClintock said. “Our team is definitely anxious to get back in the swing of things and play.”
There are no breaks for the Green Knights, who will play U-32 in a battle of the unbeatens on Saturday.