Corrine Etter spent the final season of her high school field hockey career the only way that seemed fitting: solidifying her place in the Millville High School record books. ¶ Learning to play a new position and having to adjust to the Thunderbolts’ continuous rebuilding efforts barely made a dent in the senior’s game. Her 23 goals this season were an area best, but they were also something else: record-breaking. ¶ A game against Williamstown on Oct. 30 saw Etter score seven goals. Not only did she break the record for the most goals in one game, it brought her career total to 85 — the exact number she needed to break Millville’s all-time scoring record. ¶ Etter had scored five goals in a game twice before, once as a sophomore and once as a junior. Until Etter came along, Britney Ewan’s all-time scoring record of 84 goals went untouched since 1999.
For her performance, Etter repeats as The Daily Journal Field Hockey Player of the Year.
“On the field, I didn’t feel like I stood out more than anybody else,” Etter said. “We all put our part in, and without the defense sending me the ball when I was playing forward, I never would’ve got the goals that I did.”
Etter’s team-first attitude has been a huge part of the Bolts’ success. During the team’s rebuilding efforts last year, Millville coach Claudia McCarthy — who is also Etter’s grandmother — asked her to move from her natural position as a forward to the midfield in order to help the defense. McCarthy asked even more of her this year.
“She had to play defense and midfield this year as well as defensive corners. She was mostly playing midfield and deep in the defense,” McCarthy said. “She has never done that in the other three years, but she’s really strong. She has a really strong drive.”
“(McCarthy) taught me to be a versatile player, to move all around and see the field, so it wasn’t as difficult as moving my sophomore or junior year,” said Etter, who has been playing since she was 3 years old.
With this year marking her third consecutive 20-plus goal season, it’s apparent that she has no trouble scoring regardless of where she’s positioned on the field. However, getting the ball in the back of the cage wasn’t a concern for Etter coming into the season.
“(I wanted) to be more of a team player and not worry about the goals and records to break,” she said. “It was more worrying about the game, passing as much as I could, and playing more for my team than for myself.”
That doesn’t mean the offensive void she’ll leave won’t be felt. While trying to replace a player of Etter’s caliber would be difficult for any coach, McCarthy says she’s already preparing for it.
“Corrine had 23 goals, Carly Langsdorf had eight, Megan Hoffman had three — there’s not much scoring past Corrine, so we have our work cut out for us next year,” McCarthy said.