Gators capture Tier 2 field hockey championship
By Fred Sherwin
Gloucester Gators Brigit Bokovay plays the ball through the midfield during
the NCSSAA Tier 2 field hockey championship on Thursday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Gators varsity field hockey team capped an undefeated season with a 1-0
win over All Saints Catholic High School on Thursday to capture the NCSSAA
Tier 2 championship.
in the game was a breakaway goal by Erin van Gulik who took a pass from
teammate Jess Labreche midway through the first half and chipped the ball
over the lone defender on the play before sprinting in on the Avalanche
goal and firing a shot from 20 metres out that caught the inside of the
"I was surprised
(that I had so much room)," said van Gulik after the game. "I
usually try to go for the corners. It was a good feeling to score, especially
with it being the final and it's so nerve racking."
After the goal,
the game was fairly evenly played through the remainder of the first half.
The Gators carried the play during the early stages of the second half until
the Avalanche finally woke up with about 10 minutes to go in the game. During
one two-minute stretch they had three near corners and a far corner, but
were unable to get a quality shot on goal.
swarmed the Gator net again in the final minute and a half, but keeper Emily
Anderson held her ground, kicking one shot out of harm's way with her left
been stellar in net for the Gators since replacing the team's regular starting
keeper Beth Anne Poulin in the final game of the regular season. Poulin
has been out with a flu-like illness.
First year co-coaches
Leslie Rafferty and Doug Lowe gave most of the credit for the Gator's success
to the seniors on the team.
coach the girls' hockey team so we didn't know a whole lot about field hockey
when we volunteered for the job," said Lowe. "The senior girls
really took charge. They recruited. They helped run the drills. They showed
a lot of strong leadership."
have been hard to come by of late for the east end high school which has
seen a steady decline in enrollment over the past three or four years.
much smaller school now so any success is great,:" said Lowe.
Because of recent
fears over the spread of the H1N1 virus, the two teams elected to forego
the traditional shaking of hands after the game and instead knocked their
sticks together as they passed by in single file.
p.m., Oct. 30)
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