Cape Field Hockey on the Rise
- Posted by Maurice Convey
By MJ Convey
Cape Elizabeth, ME- Despite an early exit from the playoffs this fall, the Cape Elizabeth
High School Girls’ field hockey team is proud of everything they accomplished this season.
Having not won a single game the previous year, expectations were low for the Capers.
“We kind of considered ourselves a joke, almost,” said senior captain CJ Logue. “That automatically changed the first game we won.”
Their first win came in week 2 in overtime against Gray-New Gloucester as senior captain Taylor Young scored the game winning goal, ending a seventeen game losing streak which started two years earlier.
“We got hungrier after we did that,” said Logue.
With the momentum of the first win, the Capers fought their way to a 5-8 record, clinching a spot in the playoffs and creating many highlights in the process.
In an eventful season, the story of freshman Raina Sparks stands out.
“She didn't really have a set spot on the field and I think she recognized that defense was somewhere that she could contribute,” said head coach Maura Bisogni.
Raina wasn't the only freshman to start varsity, but her consistent play brought stability to the defense and helped the team shut out an opponent this season.
“She handled it like she'd been doing it for years,” said Bisogni.
Another standout was senior goalie Kinnon McGrath, who hadn't played the previous season, but solidified the Cape defense with one of the highest save percentages in the league.
“They kept us in a lot of games,” said Bisogni.
Even though the Capers lost their first playoff game, they are not disappointed. Not many people expected anything from them, but they accomplished a lot. They are optimistic and are already preparing for next year.
“We're definitely making sure that the younger kids continue to play throughout the year,” said Logue.
A number of supporting players are returning next year and with Raina Sparks and Lauren Cutter leading a large freshman class, this is a team that will likely improve in the coming years.
“I don't see this team being below 0.500 for the next four years,” said Bisogni.
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