, 2014

LHS field hockey team shows improvement

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Despite Lancaster's 1-7 record in field hockey, new head coach Becky Clark-Webb says her players are learning and improving with each outing.

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“We’ve had some really tough games,” said Clark-Webb, “but the girls have come right back and played hard in the next game.”

Clark-Webb is a first-year fourth grade teacher at Lancaster Middle School. It’s her second year working with Lancaster’s field hockey team. She was an assistant to Rachel Harding-Griffith last season. Now those roles are reversed. New mom Harding-Griffith and Charlotte Forrester are Clark-Webb’s assistants.

Clark-Webb may be a new head coach but she has lots of field hockey experience as a former player at St. Margaret’s School in Tappahannock and Randolph-Macon College in Ashland.

“It’s fun to watch the girls take the skills they’ve learned in practice and apply them in a game,” said Clark-Webb. “As a coach, that’s exciting.”

Clark-Webb returns all but two players on her 15-member team. Her senior returners include forwards Jessica Olmedo, Nell Carter and Cheyenne Seaver and defenders Liza Carter, Meghan Frere and Marissa Coates. N. Carter has scored the Lady Devils’ only two goals of the season in a 2-0 win over Christchurch School.

Goalie Kerstin Allen had seven saves in that win. She is one of four returning juniors along with forwards Katherine Keyser and Hannah Richardson and defender Moira Hull.

Allen has worked hard all season with 26 saves in last Tuesday’s, 4-0, loss to Williamsburg Christian and 11 in a 2-0 loss to Northern Neck District opponent Northumberland two weeks ago.

Sophomore returners include links Emily Lux and Kelli Tignor and defender Emilee Whay.

Freshmen Alexis Reed at forward/link and Emma Kane at defense are new to the team.

Eighth grade managers are Natalie Smith and Mary Frere.

Northampton beat the Lady Devils, 6-0 and 1-0, in a double-header last Saturday. Lancaster has only three games remaining and will host Christchurch at 6 p.m. Monday, October 8.

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