Two teams of girls from Windham and Raymond represented the Raymond Youth Field Hockey program at a multi-town round robin last Sunday in Scarborough. The Eagles, made up of fifth- and sixth-grade players and the Little Eagles, comprised of third and fourth graders, played five exhibition-style events.
“We knew we were going to play against some very good teams and that we would play some teams we would be very competitive with and we’re pleased with how the girls played,” said head coach Carrie Colby. She coached the Little Eagles while Teri Lawlor and Jessie Meyer, a Windham high school freshman and Raymond resident, coached the fifth and sixth graders. Meyer is a member of the Windham High School junior varsity field hockey team. Meagan Griffeth, also from Raymond is a sophomore captain of the Windham JV field hockey team and she helped coach as well.
Each scrimmage held on the fields at Scarborough High School was 20 minutes running time. The teams had 10-minute breaks in between and each had one half-hour off to rest in the unexpected 75-degree heat.
In their first game of the day, the Eagles went up against a tough squad from Scarborough. They hung tough with the more experienced players and Ember Young put Raymond on the board with a goal.
Next up the fifth and six graders sparred with Saco with Young, Lily Beaton, Sadie Tirrell and Ellie Miller all scoring. Makenna Colby also had a strong game, assisting on a couple of goals and Virginia March from Windham was a firecracker, playing well on offense and defense in her first-ever field hockey competition.
In their first action on the artificial turf, the Eagles took a strong team from the Springvale Sanford Youth Athletic Association, but the arrival of Ellie Wilson from Raymond meant the difference between going scoreless in the game when she put one in the back of the net. In the Eagles’ final game, they took on a second, experienced team from the SSYAA and finished the afternoon with a solid effort.
The Little Eagles gained valuable experience with newcomer Abbie Edwards putting on an impressive performance scoring a number of goals and Shae Perratto had a good all-around effort in spite of not feeling well. Finally, Hailey Dulac played aggressively and showed all-around skills.
Ember Young played well on offense and defense.