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Region – In recent years, about the time folks begin to focus on Halloween – what to dress up as, what candy to give out at the house – the Shrewsbury High field hockey team begins to focus on the postseason.
This year is no diff erent as the Colonials improved to 13-1-1 with a hard-fought scoreless tie with rival and neighbor Westborough High Oct. 21.
While every player on coach Lauren Chenevert’s roster has contributed to the Colonial success, key contributions have been provided by senior midfielder Meg McCarthy, center back Jess Dodakian, left back Gina Sheehan and forward Alyssa Ineson.
Despite the fact that Ineson leads Central Mass. in scoring, with 13 goals and 15 assists, the trademark of the Shrewsbury team is defense. The Colonials have held two opponents this season – Wachusett Regional and Fitchburg High – without a shot on goal.
McCarthy, Dodakian and Sheehan have been a big part of that statistic.
“Meg has been doing a lot of diff erent things for us this season,” Chenevert said. “She was originally a right forward, but I decided to move her back to midfield to give her a chance to use her stick more often and her conditioning – she can run all day long.”
Dodakian, known for her intense personality, is the leader of the Colonials’ defense.
“Jess is a very intense player and that works really well for her,” Chenevert said. “She really organizes the defense and makes sure players are marked. It’s nice to have a strong leader like that in the back of the field.”
Even though at left back Sheehan plays alongside Dodakian, Sheehan’s personality is 180 degrees diff erent.
“Gina controls the ball very well for us on the back end,” Chenevert said. “She’s very calm back there in the face of constant pressuring from the opposing off ense. She doesn’t stress out and is very smart with the ball. She maintains possession for us in very dangerous sections of the field.”
And in front of all that defense is Ineson.
“Alyssa is smart and her field vision is the key to her success,” Chenevert said. “Alyssa sees the space and is able to beat defender after defender to that space to set up our off ense to score goals.”
Friday leads Algonquin into playoff s
Senior forward Samantha Friday has found the back of the net 15 times this season, helping the Algonquin Regional girls soccer team to a – so far – 8-3-2 season and back into the Central Mass. Division 1 Girls Soccer Tournament. Last season the Tomahawks captured their first-ever Central Mass. Division 1 title and advanced all the way to the state final.
“Our goal is keep getting stronger and stronger. It’s important for us to keep building, to build momentum, to get better as we go along,” Algonquin coach Kim Miller said. “We’re to the point in the season where we’ve worked the kinks out. We’ve finished experimenting with different combinations. At this point in the season we’re striving to finish the regular season strong and prepare for the playoff s.”
After beginning the season 2-2- 2, the Tomahawks have won six of their last seven games.
Another key component in Algonquin’s success this season, in addition to Friday, has been senior defenseman Chelsea Andre. As juniors, both Friday and Andre were named to several All-Star teams, including the Mid-Wach All-Star team.
Other players who have played a role in the Tomahawks’ success this season include seniors Nicole Henry, Gillian Carlucci, Emily Lemmerman, Meagan McGinnis and Casey Dixon, and sophomore Ryann Hanley.
Algonquin will close out its regular season with a 1 p.m. game at Westborough High Saturday Oct. 31 and a home game against Marlborough High at 5 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 4.
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