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Emily White rushes past Assabet defenders with the ball early in the first half. | by Dakota Antelman

by Dakota Antelman

Field Hockey notched their fourth win of the season on senior night on Monday night against Assabet. The win, however, came in an unfamiliar setting for the Hawks — the Morgan Bowl.

The game, which Hudson won in comeback fashion by a score of 2-1, was the first such game in six years to take place in Hudson’s sports stadium. As the Hawks walked out with the win, coaches and players agreed the setting made the game special.

“This is the best game I’ve ever played in,” said senior goalie Buffy Cautela. “I had people watching me. It was crazy. My name was announced under the lights. This was unbelievable. I couldn’t have wanted it any other way. It was amazing.”

Things started off on what Cautela called a “sour” note, however, for Hudson. Despite dominating possession of the ball for much of the first half, Hudson conceded the first goal of the game to Assabet’s Sefora Mejia with just under 15 minutes remaining in the first half.

Mejia was able to get behind Hudson’s defense and redirect a rebound off Cautela and into the net.

Though Hudson threatened to tie the game once just moments after the shot, and again in a flurry of activity in the final seconds of the half, they entered halftime trailing 1-0.

“I think we could have played better in the first half than we did,” said Coach Jennifer Wallingford. “I think there might have been some jitters.”

Wallingford’s goalie, Cautela, added that she worked during halftime to warm herself back up after a first half where she faced few shots aside from Mejia’s goal-scoring shot.

“I had a little bit of an easy goal go in at the beginning,” she said. “I’m not used to not having shots. So I had a slow start, but I got back in. We warmed up during halftime, and I was good to go after halftime.”

Cautela regularly faced upwards of 30 shots in games earlier in the season. She saw just 12 come her way Monday, however, as her defense largely stifled an Aztec offense that had only scored twice all season prior to their game against Hudson.

In addition to the defense, the Hudson offense finally broke through with just over 10 minutes left in the game when Lydia Beatty scored for the Hawks. Hudson struck again less than four minutes later, taking the lead on a goal by Shannon Bonner.

In beating Assabet, Wallingford noted that Hudson beat a much larger team than themselves. Thanks partially to recent injuries, and, more so, to a small roster to begin with, Hudson played the game with just one substitute. Assabet, meanwhile, had a much larger bench allowing them to rotate players in and out of the game while Wallingford was often forced to simply rotate her players through different positions.

“A lot of times we have to make do,” she said. “That’s what we did tonight. I’m glad Hudson got pumped up enough to come back in the second half.”

With the game behind her, Wallingford sees a potential for field hockey both in the Morgan Bowl and on possible future athletic facilities on the HHS campus.

“I maintain that we’re the only team in the school that should be playing on turf,” she said. “When we get turf, if we get turf, I want field hockey to have priority because the ball moves the way it’s supposed to when the field is as flat as possible.”

The playing surface was, in fact, one of the reasons she did not push for a field hockey return to the Morgan Bowl sooner. Prior to Monday’s game, Wallingford said, she feared the grass would inhibit her players’ ability to move the ball cleanly.

But, after the game, one which drew fans to field hockey in numbers players like Cautela had not seen before, Wallingford said she might be warming to the idea of the Morgan Bowl as a field hockey venue.

“We made it happen,” she said. “Everybody seems to be pretty happy about the way the ball moved on this field, so maybe we’ll play more here next year.”

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Senior Jill Bouvier and junior Emily White run towards the ball. | by Veronica Mildish

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Beatty plays in the varsity game against Assabet on October 24. Assabet won the game, 4-2.

by Alex McDonald

Freshman Lydia Beatty had no idea what would come out of her first high school field hockey season. After tryouts, she started the year off on junior varsity. However, half way through the season, Beatty was pulled up to varsity, making her the youngest on the team. Captain Elizabeth Cautela was not surprised with this quick decision, considering Beatty’s performance on JV.

“Going into the season we didn’t expect her to play as well as she has,”  Cautela says. “Lydia was dominating JV. Lydia definitely brings a lot to the table. She has speed that really gets the game going,” Cautela says.  

Beatty had no experience with the sport before her eighth grade year. “In fact, I didn’t even know it existed. I hadn’t done any training camps or clinics at all.”

Three weeks into her first season, she woke up, and she knew something was wrong. “I had strained my left wrist and was unable to play the rest of the season. I’m not really sure how I sprained it, but I woke up one morning, and it just hurt.”

However, even though her first season was a little bit rocky, she signed up again as a freshman, and her interest and fondness for the sport quickly grew.

When she first tried out her freshman year, she was put on the JV team along with all the other freshman who had tried out, despite the fact that there had been a lot of freshman on the varsity team the year before. However, injuries crippled the varsity team, and Varsity Coach Jennifer Wallingford took a sudden interest in Beatty.

“Lydia is fast,” Wallingford says. “She’s in shape, and when you are a varsity athlete you should be able to go full speed for a long period of time. It just so happened that the positions I needed to fill in an Oakmont game, one of them was in the forward line, and speed is important all over the place, but when you’re in the forward line, being offensive it is really important, so I needed somebody who was fast.”

She asked Lydia to play, and Lydia agreed without hesitation.

However, this did not guarantee a spot for Beatty on the varsity team, at least not yet. Beatty was playing on varsity, only when Wallingford needed her. But Wallingford quickly realized that she needed her on the team permanently.

“I chose Lydia [out of the other JV players] because of her speed and overall fitness. She’s definitely one of the fastest athletes in the field hockey program,”  Wallingford said. “She goes after each ball, she pays attention to her coach’s’ advice, and she works to play the game cleanly and correctly. And when she scored in our North Middlesex game, it cemented her place on the roster for me.”

When she started, she was not sure what to expect. “I was both really excited and very nervous, because, like, that meant that I was the youngest on the team, and I didn’t really know anybody at that point. And then, obviously, I was excited because that was really big for me. But I was also worried that I wouldn’t get good enough to stay on varsity.” These nerves didn’t stop her from dominating the game with her speed.

Beatty has scored one goal on varsity this season, and she is tied with two juniors on the team who have also scored once. Junior Maggie Appel has the highest goal scoring record of six goals this season.  

With Beatty’s first varsity season coming to an end, her coach has high hopes for her future as an athlete. “Lydia’s willingness to grow and improve, as well as her hustle and good attitude, make her a true varsity athlete.”

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by Serena Richards

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by Rachel McComiskey and Rebecca Shwartz

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After a winless season last year, field hockey coach Jennifer Wallingford hopes that this year will be different. On September 9, they got a chance to start that as Hudson won their first game against Gardner 2-0. The team is playing in a new league this year after much of Hudson athletics dropped to Division C. In joining Division C, the Hawks face new competitors, such as  Sutton, Oxford, and Assabet, and teams Hudson hasn’t played for years, such as Gardner, Oakmont, and Bromfield. The team is made of eight juniors and four sophomores. Already, the younger members have helped the team; in Hudson’s game against Gardner sophomores Emily White and Anna Bohn scored goals. The Hawks play their first six games of the field hockey season away, but on Friday, September 23, at 4:00 they play their first home game against Tyngsborough.