OR field hockey: Making the cut

Oct 12, 2021

The Old Rochester Field Hockey team is making a bid for the playoffs.

With seven games left in the season, the team needs to put up four more points to make the state tournament.

“So far we’re on a really good track,” Coach Lauren O’Brien said. “They’re a very coachable group.”

Despite having a young team — 11 seniors graduated last year and there are just two seniors this season — O’Brien said Captain Maggie Nailor has been instrumental in keeping the team on top of things.

“She’s really risen to the occasion,” O’Brien said. “She’s someone I really look to and confide in to take this young group under her wing.”

O'Brien credited Nailor with much of the team’s success, saying the senior has been a joy to watch develop as a player over the years.

“The coach only steers the ship,” O’Brien said. “The seniors are the ones who really command what they want from the team.”

With a 7-1-4 record, the team has 15 points (wins count as two points and ties are good for one). To make the playoffs, OR needs to amass 19 points or be ranked in the top 32 Division 3 schools by the end of the season. The state’s power rankings, released biweekly, take into account stats such as goals scored and out-of-conference performances in order to rank teams. The Bulldogs are currently sitting 30th in Division 3.

But, O’Brien said, the team isn’t getting comfortable just yet.

“We still need to put in the work — we’re not going to settle,” she said. “But we’re definitely on our way.”