Field Hockey Trumps Loomis

Talk about making a big debut. Lauren Seno ’05, a first year member of the Girls Varsity Field Hockey team, netted the game winning goal in the Blue’s last second victory over the Loomis Chaffee Pelicans. Not bad for someone who did not even pick up a field hockey stick last year. The real excitement of the game came in the last five minutes. After spending most of the game trailing 1-0, the girls were having trouble converting scoring opportunities into goals. Then, with the ball in front of the goal, Seno dished to Kat Dix ’05 who put the ball into the net, tying the score. Seno recapped how things worked out, “I had been out for 10 minutes watching because I had hurt my hand. I got back out there and was determined to make up for the time I had missed.” Seno’s performance did not stop there. After helping to tie the game at 1-1, Seno attacked again. This time, a pass from Nikki Crocker ’05 gave Seno the chance to fire the ball five hole, right between the goalie’s legs to give PA a 2-1 lead with a mere eight seconds left on the clock. Seno, who played field hockey as a Freshmen at her previous school, came to PA last year as a new Lower. Already talented at ice hockey, she opted for hockey basics last fall to make sure she would be in shape for the up coming winter season. Only under the advice of her former house counselor Martha Fenton did she even think to try out for the field hockey team this fall. “Last year Martha came up to me and told me that I should give field hockey a try,” Seno said, “I had to be here early for prefecting anyway, so I went to preseason and ended up getting on the team. It was pretty cool.” Competing with returning field hockey players, Seno was gracious to Coach Kate Dolan for giving her a chance to make the team. “Ms. Dolan really gave me the opportunity to play,” she said. “ I wasn’t as strong as some of the others at preseason, but she let me come into playing my own and it’s been great.” Of course, with her ice hockey background, Seno was already a full step ahead with an understanding of the game and strong stick skills. Dolan was proud of her rapidly blossoming player, “In her first year playing field hockey at PA, Lauren Seno has shown herself to be an extremely versatile asset,” she said. “She can play back, midfield and forward and no matter where she is on the field she helps the team.” Seno explained why the team was able to make such a comeback and win the game last Saturday, “One of the great things about our game is that we put in a whole 60 minutes of effort,” she said. “The other team tried to run the clock down with their lead instead of playing offensively. That’s when we really took advantage and were able to win.”