Hawks field hockey reflect on season following loss

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Hawks field hockey reflect on season following loss
Hudson faced off against Norwell last week. (Photo/Caroline Gordon)

HUDSON – The Hudson High School field hockey team’s season came to an end after losing 3-1 to Norwell in their first postseason game Nov. 3. 

“It’s sad whenever the season ends, but we were really proud to be in the postseason,” Hudson Head Coach Jennifer Wallingford said. 

The last time the Hudson field hockey team made it to the postseason was about 10 years ago. They finished this year with a regular season score of 12-6-1 and a league score of 9-2-1. 

A “tight-knight community” 

In addition to making the playoffs, Wallingford said that the team’s goals this season included playing stronger on the field, encouraging each other and “having a good time.”

“I pride myself on having teams who get along as much as possible and have a good time. This group happened to be one that fulfilled all of those goals. They really did form a tight-knight community,” she said. 

One of the Hudson field hockey team’s most memorable games of the season was when they played Fitchburg because they “realized how good they had gotten” during that game, according to Wallingford. 

She said the Hawks made strong passes when they played Fitchburg and “connected dots all over the field.” 

“They just looked really good on the field, so that one stands out to me,” she said. 

Hudson field hockey seniors say goodbye 

Wallingford said that the end of the season had been especially hard for the seniors because many of them will not play in college. 

This season, there were five seniors who Wallingford said helped build the team’s camaraderie through their different personalities. She noted Jess Safranski and Olivia Bower. 

Wallingford said that Safranski was a “chatty” goalie who worked hard. 

“She was just spunky, so that was fun for the girls,” she said. 

Wallingford added that Bower scored 22 out of the 47 total goals this season. 

“She is quiet and tough and might be a mystery to you, but the girls love her. They get a kick out of her,” Wallingford said. 

After the last game, Wallingford said that an assistant coach told her that she had overheard one of the seniors say that “they would give anything” to play another game as a Hawk. 

“Very quickly when that final whistle blew, they [the seniors] felt it. They were pretty sad because it was such a great season,” Wallingford said.

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