At 9-2 overall through October 7, the reigning 4A state champion South River field hockey team has “produced in waves of high and low,” says Head Coach Megan Atkinson. The Seahawks have a pair of wins over a top county and region contender in Broadneck, beating the Bruins 1-0 on September 16 and 4-2 on September 26, and they have additional victories over the strong teams from Annapolis and Arundel during September.
Along the way the Seahawks have individually piled up some impressive totals. Kayla White leads South River with 12 goals while Emily Szachnowicz has five, and Maddy Ulery, Caitlin Blanche, Marissa Poliks and Zoe Smith each have three. Anna Wagner leads the assists department with five, and goalkeeper Naomi Johnson has 65 saves and a .855 save percentage.
But heavy is the head that wears the crown, and South River has taken its share of lumps, too: the Seahawks fell 2-0 to Severna Park on September 20 and 2-1 to out-of-conference foe Mount De Sales on September 30.
Atkinson believes now is the time her squad needs to begin firing on all cylinders.
“Our focus now is becoming more consistent from day to day and playing the game well from the bottom on up,” said Atkinson. “Everything from our foundational skill to our mindset have been challenged this year, which I expected being that we are a young team. As we head into playoffs, we are playing much closer to the potential that I know we can play at, and we are working hard to make sure that each and every game gets the best effort out of every player.”
South River faces Severna Park on October 8 before finishing the regular season home to North County on October 10 and at Chesapeake on October 14.