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BVT Field Hockey Looks to Keep Edge

If the Blackstone Valley Tech field hockey team has any problem at all, it might be that they are too experienced for some of the other teams they've run into so far this year. The Beavers put together a 5-0-1 start to the year behind a strong defense and a balanced offense.
"We have a lot of depth, especially with eight seniors who are all doing well on both sides of the ball," head coach Laurie Borek said. "The team is clicking as a powerful unit right now."
Borek said there are several strong teams in the Colonial Athletic League, but the relative experience of the veteran roster gives the Beavers an edge she hopes they can keep against all levels of competition. 
"We have to continue to improve throughout the season and not play down to teams that might not be as strong," she said. "We are really pushing ourselves in practice and so far the results have been showing."
Sophomore Emily Iacovelli leads the team in scoring with 12 points on the year, eight goals and four assists. Her scoring total is one of the top three marks in the CAL and one of the top five in Central Mass.
"It's great to have a sophomore who has done so well, but it has been a total team effort," Borek said. "We have great passing and Emily has clicked within the glow of our offense."
Three other BVT players put up a half dozen points through the first half dozen games. Senior Julia DiCecco has two goals and four assists. Senior co-captain Lauren Mahoney has four goals and two helpers, and junior Brianah Parker has five goals and one assist. Senior Danielle Giroux has four points with two goals and two assists, and four other players have either scored or assisted on a goal so far.
"Everyone is after the same mission," Borek said. "The passing has been great and no one is hogging the ball."
Borek also highlighted her team's defense, which has already made for some light workloads for junior goalkeeper Sarah Sparks, who has only permitted three goals this year. Seniors Megan Sweeney and Natasha Leveille have been standout links for the Beavers.
"They have been absolutely great," Borek said. "They are strong, powerful players who see the whole field."
A number of players have provided valuable depth in all areas of the field, Borek said. Seniors Kayleigh Magee and Kallie Belanger, juniors Megan O'Donnell and Alexandra Killeen, and sophomore Casey Remillard have all been standout defensive players. Sophomore Megan Mahoney and senior Jessica Stevens have also been key contributors. 
While she said the squad is taking no game for granted, Borek is happy to see some challenging games on the schedule for her team in order for them to better prepare for the district tournament. She highlighted Friday's game against Northbridge, as well as a trip to Monty Tech later this month. BVT already played Monty to a 1-1 tie in a game Borek describes as "unbelievable."
"We have to prepare ourselves for the tougher games down the road," she said. "The goal is still to make the playoffs, so hopefully we will continue playing in this fashion and continue to be successful."




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