Congratulations to Varsity Field Hockey on a tremendous season! While the team fell to Rivers 0-3 in the quarterfinals, there was no shortage of Penguin Pride thanks to the convoy of 100+ CA SuperFans cheering them on from the sidelines. We look forward to keeping the momentum going as we head into the winter season! See game photos by Jeff Boudreau P '21 here.
As November rolls through and the cold weather begins to sting, the winter athletics season is about to begin for most at Cushing Academy. However, Head Coach Sarah Catlin, Assistant Coach Dr. Jennifer Willis, and the Varsity Field Hockey team have extended their season by at least one more game.
The Penguins clinched their first post-season berth in five years, fighting their way to an 8-7-2 record. The journey itself was something to behold. A 2-4-2 start was followed by a run of 5-1 to close out the month of October, a span in which Cushing allowed just three goals.
Though it’s been a long time coming for the Penguins, a punched ticket into the playoffs is no fluke. The team started and ended regular season play with intensity, drive, and focus with every intention of qualifying for playoffs. Coach Catlin calls it is rather “symmetrical.” In 1998, the Penguins won the NEPSAC Tournament and now 20 years later, the team is back in contention as the seventh seed.
The leadership of senior captains Louisa McGrath '19, Sara Abrahamson '19, and Mollee Malboeuf '19 has been instrumental in the Penguins’ success this season. Last season for Abrahamson and now this season for Malboeuf, each were awarded the Tiffany Blood Award ’00, created by the ‘98 Cushing Varsity Field Hockey team. The award is presented to the player who best exhibits the qualities of leadership, team commitment, intrinsic motivation, and passion for the sport of field hockey. “I don't think it is a coincidence that our team is having success when we are able to embody the traits of the Tiffany Blood Award created by the '98 NEPSAC championship team,” said Catlin. No coincidence indeed.
The Penguins travel to play the second-seeded Rivers School on Wednesday and will hope to keep their run going with a win. However, regardless of the result, for Coach Catlin, there’s a lot to be proud of. “No matter how many more days we play, everyone on this team has contributed to the culture of ‘pride in the process’,” said Catlin. That process has been driven by nine senior players who’ve laid a foundation that’s allowed for success to be built. They didn’t reap the rewards right away but, in what’s now their fourth season, they can finally compete in the post-season.
Motivated by the traditions of the past, the Penguins know it won’t be an easy road ahead. This is a team that’s fought for every game and for every inch to reach this opportunity and that fighting spirit carries on. "We've said all season long, there isn't a team we'd be afraid to play in the tournament,” said Catlin. Players and fans are ready to watch the Penguins compete at 2:15 pm on Wednesday, November 14 at The Rivers School. We wish our Field Hockey team the best of luck in the tournament and are very proud of their accomplishments!