Looking back on the 2013 field hockey season

Kerri-Lynn Hennessey blasts a cross into the crown and on goal for the Crusaders earlier this season. James Barrett. (click for larger version)
November 24, 2013
REGION — The Littleton Crusaders field hockey team had a very strong season. However, it would be the eventual champion Berlin Mountaineers that would trouble the Crusaders all season and playoff long.

The Crusaders got off to a great start in 2013 with a three-game win streak. In that streak the Crusader offense outscored its opponents 17-1. Unfortunately, the Crusaders defense, which seemed "in the works," as Littleton head coach Jeff Soule worded it, would then trade wins and losses for the next seven games where they tied their opponents 18-18 in goals in that span.

Soule was able to rally the troops and right the ship for the final four games of the season as they won all four outscoring their opponents 16-1.

When it came to playoffs, the Crusaders were in good position as the sixth seed when they took on the Sanborn Indians in the first round. That game was won by the Crusaders and capped off by a highlight reel goal from Chynna Lowe that rocketed to the top left corner of the goal.

Round two would not be so easy as the Crusaders were tasked with playing the Berlin Mountaineers. The Crusaders fought hard but did not fair well as the Mountaineers rolled over the Littleton club, 4-0.

But the Crusaders have little to hang their heads about. The Mountaineers, who had beaten the Crusaders three times that season, seemed destined for greatness as they went on to knock off the defending champion, undefeated, and un-scored-upon Derryfield Cougars in a finals for the record books.

"We had a great season," Soule said in an interview. "We just couldn't beat Berlin. They are a great team and they had our number all season."

The Crusaders' solid season was highlighted by an offense that seemed to be able to score at will at times. With the great all-around ability of their leading goal scorer Aleigha Langtange and the "grinder" mentality of the hard-nosed forward Kerri-Lynn Hennessey, the Crusaders were a force to reckoned with.

In 2014, coach Soule will look to continue his team's growth and make another run in the playoffs.

Profile Patriots

The Profile Patriots field hockey team had rough season. Finishing in last place in Division III, the Patriots had a record of 1-13, and were outscored by their opponents, 60-4. The Patriots' only victory came versus Franklin, when the Patriots played a complete game and came out with a 2-1 win.

Despite the 1-13 record, the Patriots did show glimpses of brilliance at all position on the field. Unfortunately they were never able to put it all together.

The team will look to improve in 2014, as they will try to bring back a winning tradition to the Profile School.

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