Nicole Sevey has had what she termed a “minivacation” from field hockey.
And she’s getting antsy.
“I miss it. I can’t wait to get started again,” said Skowhegan High School attacking midfielder Sevey, who recently was named Miss Maine Field Hockey by the state’s field hockey coaches.
Sevey had 11 goals and 19 assists in leading the Indians to a Class A state championship for the third time in her four years as a starter.
The 17-year-old said the award finally has sunk in.
“At first, I was definitely going off the wall,” said the appreciative Sevey, who will take her skills to the University of Maine along with two of the other three finalists, teammate Jessie Skillings and Nokomis High of Newport’s Marissa Shaw.
Skillings will begin attending Maine in January.
Messalonskee’s Katie Bernatchez was the other finalist.
Sevey began playing field hockey in the fourth grade and fell in love with the sport.
And she thoroughly enjoys the midfield because “you’re not just an offensive player or just a defensive player. I prefer being involved in both.”
Skowhegan coach Paula Doughty said Sevey was “certainly deserving of the award.
“She [accomplished] more as a four-year player than anyone I’ve ever known,” said Doughty. “She has played virtually every minute of every game since she was a freshman. She was on the field in the seven-on-seven overtime in the state championship game as a freshman and she was instrumental in the pass that led to the game-winning goal.
“She’s the most humble kid I’ve ever seen. She has nerves of steel and is a calming influence,” added Doughty.
Sevey called Doughty an “amazing coach” and said she couldn’t have won the award without Doughty, her assistants, her teammates and her parents , Howard Sevey and Karla Sevey-Dugas.
“My parents were always there for me. They always brought me what I needed,” said Sevey, who is looking forward to beginning her career at Maine.
“I’m very excited about going to Maine. I’m definitely going to work on my strength,” said Sevey. “It’s a big leap from high school field hockey to college field hockey. The speed of the game is completely different.”