While there are only two field hockey programs in the area, the four players that made our All-Herald Field Hockey Team have shown they can compete with some of the best in the state.
Southington qualified for the state tournament for the first time since 2014 and although the Blue Knights fell in the qualifying round to finish out the season 10-7, they place three players on our team.
It was quite a first varsity season for Jenna Sheehan. The sophomore forward not only established herself as a player to watch over the next two seasons, but as one of the best in the area. Sheehan was one of her team’s biggest offensive threats, finishing the year with 13 goals and four assists. She was rewarded for her play with both all-conference and All-State honors. Just as strong in the classroom, Sheehan in an honor roll student.
No good team is complete without a good goalie, and for the Blue Knights that was Maddie Belfonti. The senior makes our team for the first time and with good reason. Belfonti took over for another All-Herald selection, Amanda Delorme, and shined in her own right, saving 135 of the 170 shots faced this season, a 79.4 save percentage, with four shutouts.
She also helped Southington win three overtime games in a row. In the end, Belfonti was rewarded with her first all-CCC selection and will certainly be a player that will be tough for the Blue Knights to replace.
Emma Doran is the final Southington player to make our team, and like Sheehan, is only a sophomore, highlighting the amount of young talent the Blue Knights have and how good the team could be over the coming seasons. Doran only scored twice this year, but was just as much of a playmaker by coming up with assists to get her teammates involved, including a game-winning one. The midfielder also excels off the field and is the secretary of Southington’s sophomore class.
It was a down year for the Newington field hockey team, which failed to win a game, going 0-15-1. But that doesn’t mean the Indians did not get some quality performances along the way. Maya Gajowiak is the lone Newington player to make the All-Herald team, her first for field hockey.
The junior also earned her first all-conference selection this season and was chosen for the CT Junior Select Field Hockey All-Star game. Gajowiak will certainly be an important player for the Indians next season as they look to get back into the playoffs.