Field Hockey’s Positive Attitude Shines On and Off the Field


Eighteen girls strong, the Williston Field Hockey team has had an impressive season.  Going 10-3 so far this season, the girls are ranked 3rd in New England.  In their October 28 game against rival Suffield, the game was a nail bitter with the only goal being scored by the Wildcats with just three minutes remaining in the game.  The team is looking good for the quarterfinal game.  Their high seed gives them a better chance of hosting a home game in front of their peers.

Senior Captain Louisa Coughlin is excited to potentially play at home with their high rank.

“It feels amazing to be 3rd in NEPSAC but it’s also really stressful to maintain our ranking” she continued by saying, “I am most excited to hopefully have a home game in the first round of the playoffs and get to play amazing competition.”

Lead by Coaches Tancrell-Fontaine and Sawyer, and under the leadership of captains Katherine Kang and Louisa Coughlin, the team’s positive attitude is apparent to all competitors and other Williston teams.

The team’s manager, Hana Naughton, commends the girls on their positive spirit.

“This year the team does a great job of building each other up and making everyone feel confident and supported in their abilities” she said.  “They are never negative towards each other.”

Their positive attitude is one of the most notable qualities of the team.  Sportsmanship is a value that the Williston athletics holds very high, the field hockey team exemplifies this on and off the field.

Their positivity and good energy also allow them to play their best and practice their best.

Some of their most notable wins include the defeat of Westminster 3-0, where they ended the Martlets undefeated streak.  Another was their 5-1 win against Kent with four of the goals coming from Freshman Zola Piekarski.  And by far one of their most notable wins was against Pomfret which was considered a huge Class B defeat.

Anna Sawyer ’24, thinks that her team mends well.

“Our best qualities are working together on the field and off,” Anna said.

The girls are each other’s biggest supporters which is a notable quality that goes hand in hand with their winning record.  Last year’s team ended with a 9-7 record and lost to Rivers in the quarterfinals.  The team hopes they can make it further this year, and their record already shows that.

Hana credited this year’s team as being an inspiration to her.

“It’s really inspiring to see especially as someone who has had a hard time understanding the value of sports in the past but this year that opinion has definitely changed,” she said.

She finished by saying, “I just feel like a proud field hockey mom.  I couldn’t be happier for the team, they’ve worked so hard and truly deserve it.”