Islanders rack up goals in shutout field hockey game
The first three of four Skippers’ goals in the game were scored and assisted by islanders.
It was more than midway through the first half before the Skippers put a number on the scoreboard, but once they did, the Quakers could not find the secret to stopping them.
Tory Dolce, an islander and senior captain who plays center/ midfield for the team, set up Jamestown’s Sam Leonard for the first goal 18 minutes into the first half.
Leonard is tied with Sara Martineau of Bay View Academy as the top scorer in the state.
“Whenever you ask Sam anything about her scoring, she always answers that she gets lucky,” Head Coach Julie Maguire said. “I always tell her you can’t get lucky that often, you have to be doing something right.”
Maguire said that Leonard also gives Dolce and islander Megan Green a lot of credit for getting her the ball so she can score. “She doesn’t want to take any credit for it, but the fact is that she is very persistent and always has great positioning in front of the net,” she said.
Leonard was just a hairline away from adding two more goals to her total before she buried one in the net with just under three minutes remaining in the first half, giving the Skippers the 2-0 lead going into halftime. Islander Megan Green got the assist on the goal.
“Megan is a four-year varsity All-State player with tremendous stick skills and speed,” Maguire said.
The Skippers returned after halftime and promptly regained control of the field. After back-toback NK penalty corners, Dolce and Leonard teamed up again for the North goal, this time with Dolce taking the lead and Leonard getting the assist, giving the Skippers the 3-0 lead.
“Tory’s best asset is her competitiveness. She has that ‘I am not going to lose’ attitude and her stick skills are great. She also has good endurance,” Maguire said.
Although the Skippers had their share of penalty corners in the game – 14 to the Quakers 4 – none of North Kingstown’s goals came as a result of the shots.
North drove home their final goal against last year’s Division II state champions with 7:16 remaining in the game. Stacy Scott pushed home the shot with Cathryn Coleman assisting, giving the Skippers the 4-0 shutout win.
“We played a good game and the score reflected that,” Maguire said. “We have been playing much better at home than on the road, so I am hoping we will see some more consistency from here on out in our playing.”
Maguire said she has more seniors on the team this year than any previous year she has coached. Five of the 11 seniors hail from Jamestown and include Danielle Perez, Hannah Farrelly, Rory Kirby, Dolce and Green.
“It is a great group of kids,” she said. “Perez is one of our starting forwards. She has great field awareness. She knows the game and she knows where she has to be to make a play.”
Farrelly was the MVP at last year’s state tournament. “She has great speed and timing in the back playing sweeper for us. The best way to describe her would be ‘fearless,’” Maguire said.
A four-year varsity player along with Dolce and Green, Kirby is the spirit of the team. “Rory is the true team player,” Maguire said. “She is always the one that volunteers to do whatever I ask, on the field and off.”
Sophomore Emily Levy rounds out the seven-player presence on the team. “Emily has great athleticism and she is a very hard worker. I expect we will be seeing a lot more of her in the years to come,” she said.
Being the two-time defending state champions is not an enviable position for the Skippers, with teams like East Greenwich, Bay View and Barrington all looking to dethrone them.
“We aren’t focusing on other teams right now, we are just worrying about playing our own game. We are working on our conditioning and being psychologically ready to play all the time,” Maguire said. “If we play every game like we have been playing our home games, we will be in good shape.”
The Skippers travel to Barrington on Friday, Sept. 25, at 3:45 p.m. and will host Lincoln School on Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 3:45 p.m.