Field Hockey - Varsity Girls
2017 Season Recap:
Led by captains Julia Cochran, Ilona Perry and Stephanie Lyons, Seniors Molly Mullally, Marianna Tsoumbanos, Arianna Sougarides and Leanne Hayden, Samantha Rando and Emily Smith the Varsity team battled through injuries but maintained a strong spirit finishing with a 4-11-1 record. Highlights included a dominating win against Cushing and league wins against Groton and St. George’s.
2017 Award Winners:
Co-MVP: Kristen Feeney & Stephanie Lyons
Coaches: Samantha Rando
All-League: Kristen Feeney
Honorable Mention: Molly Mullally
2017 Season Preview:
Congratulations to this season’s captains: Stephanie Lyons, Julia Cochran, and Ilona Perry, who will lead the team along with the other six seniors. Newcomers to the team: junior transfers, Kristen Feeney and Madison Weber; sophomores, Ava Cornforth, Allie Joyce, and Audrey Linell; and freshmen, Lilly Arends, Elizabeth Kirk, and Leonie Kuehberger.
About the program:
Thayer field hockey has always been a team to be reckoned with in New England. In addition to the four turf fields off campus, we now have a new turf field on the main campus! With this advantage, we are able to play a top level of field hockey, bringing in many of the tactics and techniques that the top collegiate players use themselves. In this way, we are able to both prepare aspiring field hockey players for future collegiate play, and give those players who do not aspire to play in college a fast, exciting experience with the game. Thayer has placed field hockey players on teams such as Northeastern, UConn, Conn College, Providence College, Trinity College, Franklin and Marshall, the University of Richmond, Middlebury, Endicott, and Boston College. [Kelcie Finn (’13) Named D3 National Player of the Year, 2017-2018: http://athletics.trincoll.edu/sports/fh/2016-17/re...]
TAFH consists of a dedicated family of talented athletes who love to compete and strive for success. The Tigers won back-to-back ISL championships in 2010 and 2011. The past four seasons have been rebuilding years, and we are striving to make the tournament and compete for a spot against some of the best teams in the league.
Our focus with TAFH is teamwork, technique/skill development, and game understanding. Once on the Thayer team, our athletes are expected to work as a cohesive unit where no athlete is more important than the one next to her. We have a great time on our journey during the season, but we commit to our common purpose of excellence and work hard to achieve it every day.
This is Alison Soule’s 5th season as the varsity head coach. Assistant, MacKenzie O’Neil, returns, as well as JV coaches, Bridget Larsen, and Haley Thompson, who will also help with varsity. Soule is an advocate of desire, competition, and hard-work, and instills positive character traits in her players, as well as pushes them to play to their highest potential. In total, Soule has coached 26 seasons of both field hockey and lacrosse at the middle and upper school levels. This is her 9th year as a teacher and coach at Thayer, and 15th year overall in education.
|1||Madison Weber||2019||Walpole, MA|
|2||Devin Fitzpatrick||2019||Norwell, MA|
|3||Marianna Tsoumbanos||2018||Walpole, MA|
|4||Ava Cornforth||2020||Milton, MA|
|5||Elizabeth Kirk||2021||Hingham, MA|
|6||Kristen Feeney||2019||Canton, MA|
|7||Audrey Linell||2020||Dedham, MA|
|8||Ilona Perry||2018||Dover, MA|
|10||Arianna Sougarides||2018||Walpole, MA|
|11||Allison Joyce||2020||Hingham, MA|
|12||Lillian Arends||2021||Dedham, MA|
|13||Molly Mullally||2018||Quincy, MA|
|14||Julia Cochran (captain)||2018||Dedham, MA|
|15||Caroline Corcoran||2021||Milton, MA|
|16||Stephanie Lyons (captain)||2018||Boston, MA|
|17||Molly King||2020||Canton, MA|
|21||Leanne Hayden||2018||Cohasset, MA|
|22||Rivers Morris||2020||Braintree, MA|
|25||Christina Meucci||2019||Braintree, MA|
|30||Samantha Rando||2018||Holbrook, MA|
|31||Emily Smith||2018||Abington, MA|
|98||Leonie-Louise Kuehberger||2021||Hingham, MA|
Alison SouleHead CoachAlison Soule comes from a family of educators and was born and raised on the coast of Maine. She attended the School of Education at Boston University and later earned her MA in Education from Northeastern. She started her teaching career at the Vail Mountain School in Colorado, where she lived after college, but has been back in New England since 2007. For the past 9 years at Thayer Academy, she has taught Middle School English and 6th grade, and was also an 8th grade advisor. For 2018-19, Soule is beyond excited to teach the new 5th grade class. She will serve as the homebase advisor and will teach English, social studies, and math. Her student teaching was with 5th grade students, and she is looking forward to working with that age group again! In addition to teaching, Soule is also an athletic coach (field hockey, ski club, and lacrosse). She also runs Tiger Games, and has led the 8th grade video activity and a creative writing activity. Soule is an avid skier, and also enjoys cycling, sailing, and the outdoors in general.
MacKenzie O'NeilAssistant Coach