(Oct. 30, 2020) The Worcester Prep field hockey team only played four games during this shortened season because of covid-19, but Coach Katie Oxenreider was pleased with the progress she saw.
“We really improved over the season, even though it was short. Our last game was the best we played and I think that’s what you hope happens as a coach,” Oxenreider said. “Even though we lost (2-0), we made great efforts. We haven’t earned a lot of corners all year and on Friday we got one 25 seconds into the game (against Delmarva Christian). I am proud of them for those efforts.”
The Lady Mallards may not have won a game, but they fought hard and never gave up.
“Our team is very young with most players only picking up a stick in the last year and some are brand new this year, so the progress has really been awesome to see,” Oxenreider said. “Asking a young team to go up against other teams that have many seniors and players who have years’ of experience is tough, but the girls really stepped up and did the best they could.”
Oxenreider said the girls were happy to have a season as Maryland public schools postponed their fall sports seasons.
“A shortened season was a little tough to adjust to just because you don’t get that game experience, which is where I think the girls really learn the most, however, we were all grateful for any sort of season we were able to have,” she said. “I think the girls were happy to get that outlet of being outside and playing a sport and bonding with their teammates. It was something everyone has missed over the past few months and was a welcome experience this fall.”
The team will graduate two seniors – Claire Williams and Carly Young – who Oxenreider said will be missed greatly.
“They have been starters for the past three years and have been good leaders for our young team,” she added.