The seniors on the Brewer High School field hockey team hadn’t enjoyed a lot of success. In fact, they didn’t even make the Eastern Maine Class A playoffs last season.
But they are certainly making up for lost time this season.
Brewer is 9-2-1 and in third place in the Heal Points standings behind heavyweights Skowhegan, which has won nine of the last 10 state championships, and Messalonskee of Oakland.
The nine wins is the most the seniors have registered in a season during their four years.
“The difference this year has been our consistency,” said Brewer coach Duffy Doiron, who is in her 11th season at the helm. “We’ve got a group of upperclassmen who have put in a lot of extra time (in winter and summer leagues). It has come together this year.
“We play 19 kids and a lot of them have stepped up on different days.”
She said that depth has paid dividends.
“We’ve taken advantage of some opportunities because we had kids out there with fresher legs. We’ve been a little deeper than some of the teams we’ve played,” said Doiron.
Doiron said she has had previous Brewer teams with better individual talent, “but this is my best team when it comes to overall talent.”
Brewer has allowed just 16 goals in its 12 games and one of the primary reasons is senior goalie Casey White.
“She never takes herself out of a game,” said Doiron. “She always stays focused even if she doesn’t get a lot of action. She plays her angles and reads plays well. She has made some saves I couldn’t believe she made.”
Midfielder Deaven Smith has “the purest stick I’ve seen in my 18 years of coaching,” according to Doiron.
“She’s smooth,” said Dorion.
Smith also leads the Witches in scoring with 12 goals.
Sarah Babin heads up the defense.
“She is intense and always plays all-out,” said Doiron. “She never lets up. She comes out of nowhere and is always where she needs to be.”
Steady sweeper Gabby Craig complements Babin.
Rowan Bost has had an exceptional year up front, although she hasn’t scored a lot of goals.
“She makes a lot of things happen,” said Doiron.
Senior Carly Seymour is second on the team in scoring with “seven or eight goals,” said Dorion.
Doiron also said she has an unselfish squad with a team-first attitude and everyone seems to get along exceptionally well.
“Nobody cares who scores our goals. It’s all about the team,” said Doiron.