Senior * Sanford * field hockey
THE WEEK: Had a goal and an assist in Sanford’s 2-0 victory over St. Andrew’s last Tuesday. “It was a hard fought game,” said Hannon. “We knew it was going to be a difficult game going into it. Conference games are always tough.”
THE SEASON: Hannon has eight goals and has scored at least one in each of the Warriors’ seven victories. “I like to say I just get kind of lucky, like I’m always in the right spot at the right time,” she said. “I haven’t scored as many goals in the past, but I think this year I’ve just been very lucky.”
THE TURNAROUND: Sanford went 5-9-1 last year but is off to a 7-1-1 start under new coach Anne Brooking. “We get better every day,” Hannon said. “We focus on the fundamentals, so the little things are just coming together really well for us.”
THE COACH SAYS: “She’s a fantastic student in addition to being a great athlete,” Brooking said of the senior forward. “She’s a 2013 National Merit Commended Student, so that tells a little bit about her passion for the academic side of things and her work ethic. She’s just got a great personality on the field, the kids look to her for leadership, and she’s really done well.”
THE TEAM: “We’re just building off each other, and even though we face some adversity with injuries … everyone’s always working hard so we can easily fill in those spots,” Hannon said. The Warriors face Archmere at 3:45 p.m. today. “I think this team’s incredible,” said Brooking, the team’s third head coach in four years. “They understand now, with all the work that we’ve done with fundamentals, that it’s actually paying off.”
THE STRENGTH: Hannon gave a lot of credit to her new coach for leading her team in a winning direction. Hannon also noticed an improvement in her stick work and technique, which she adjusted due to Brooking’s drills.
THE START: Sanford has a sports requirement, and field hockey caught Hannon’s interest as a seventh grader. “It looked fun, so I always wanted to play,” said Hannon, whose mother and grandmother also played field hockey growing up.
THE CLASSROOM: “I like math,” she said. “I kind of like problem solving and just the way the numbers come together.”
THE FUTURE: Although Hannon isn’t sure where she’ll go to school after Sanford, she’s interested in studying biomedical engineering and is considering playing club field hockey.
— Gianna Banner