Here is a look at John Jay with some photos from Wednesday’s practice. –Nancy
Heather Ausiello knows a lot about her players – well, some of them, anyway.
With only five starters returning from last year’s varsity, the fourth-year John Jay coach makes it clear she isn’t sure about her team’s prospects.
“I think it’s the great unknown,” Ausiello (pictured below, encouraging sophomore Lizzy Parry to stay low while dribbling the ball) said with a smile.
Two players from that Indians team have made their college teams.
John Jay’s Erin Sanders is now playing for Tufts and Cara Stafford for SUNY-Geneseo.
That’s great news but, of course, there’s an impact to losing players of that caliber. How great an impact is the question.
“We have a lot of potential,” she said. “It’s the first year most of us will play together. I’m excited because the past few days we’ve been looking pretty good.”(Pictured above is junior Lila Bostwick, who played on junior varsity last year.)Fellow senior Tory Walsh said part of the Indians’ practice has focused on on-field communication, which she said would help the team “mesh.”Ausiello does expect solid contributions from those players, as well as several others, including twins Haley and Tierney Spencer, juniors who are “unbelievable athletes” and who have seemingly psychic ability with one another to “know who’s going where” on defense.That defense is anchored by sophomore goalie Haley Martinsen, who, like the Spencers, Walsh and O’Reilly, were starters last year.
While there are a lot of new players, Martinsen (pictured at left making a save in practice) thinks the squad’s close chemistry has endured.“We’re like a family,” she said. “Everyone can relate to each other and will help each other besides just in sports.”Whether that translates to wins, remains to be seen but Ausiello isn’t taking a hard line about that.“As long as they work hard and play every game with heart and to their potential, that’s all I can ask for,” she said.Twitter: @HaggertyNancy