Shrewsbury field hockey dribbles into the semi-finals

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Shrewsbury field hockey dribbles into the semi-finals
Shrewsbury faced off against Doherty last week. (Photo/Caroline Gordon)

SHREWSBURY – The Shrewsbury High School field hockey team is heading to the semi-finals following a pair of wins last week. 

The Colonials beat Doherty 2-1 during overtime on Nov. 9 before beating Chelmsford 1-0 on Nov. 11.

The Shrewsbury community has contributed to the Colonials’ success this season by “rallying around the team” and supporting them during games, according to Shrewsbury Head Coach Courtney Lavin.

“We appreciate the support. I couldn’t have done it without the support, trust and belief from the Shrewsbury community, especially the parents. We have a great, great fan base,” she said.

The Community Advocate talked to Lavin after the Shrewsbury field hockey’s win over Doherty. 

“The fact that we were able to stay positive and regroup and finish it three minutes into overtime says a lot about our character and who our team is,” said Lavin. 

She added, “They [the players] learned that you never give up and you fight until the very end.” 

Lavin called Doherty a “strong program” that is well known in Central Massachusetts because one of its players, Hannah Murray, is the leading point scorer of the league.

“They have a lot of talent. They have great sticks in terms of defense and they are an aggressive team that will definitely never give up and fight until the end like us, which is why it was a very good game,” Lavin said. 

She said the Colonials have been taking the postseason “one game at a time and making every second count.” 

Lavin added that the Colonial’s main goal for the playoff season is to make it “as far as possible.” 

“We are going for that state title, that Division I field hockey state title,” she said. 

This year’s team is a mix of nine seniors and some juniors whom Lavin called “fantastic leaders.” 

“I can’t say enough great things about who they are as people. One thing we really value on and off the field is sportsmanship and leadership and they are hands down the best people I have ever met, she said. 

She added that the team is “very close” as the players are friends “on and off the field,” which has contributed to their success this season. 

Now, the Colonials will face off against Andover in the semi-finals, though the details of the game have yet to be released.

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