Kathy Quirk acknowledges that her Hun School field hockey team hasn’t been looking like a powerhouse in preseason play.
But with the program having established a penchant for strong finishes over the years, longtime Hun head coach Quirk isn’t overly concerned.
“We typically start out slow,” said Quirk. “We have to play as a team and build on each other.”
In Quirk’s view, her squad has a good foundation to build at forward with the trio of senior Francesca Bello, junior Vicki Leach, and senior Courtney Faulkner.
“I think Francesca should be moving up and down the field; she should be our go-to scorer,” said Quirk, who guided the Raiders to a 6-8 record last fall. “Vicki plays on the line; she is scrappy in front of the cage. Courtney Faulkner is also up there.”
The pair of senior Bri Barrett and junior Julia Blake will be heading up the Raider midfield.
“Bri Barrett and Julia Blake are our two leaders there,” said Quirk, whose team opens the 2013 campaign by playing at Academy of New Church (Pa.) on September 12.
“They both have good speed and hunger to score goals; they play a lot at the top of the circle.
On defense, Davidson-bound senior star Alex Kane is one of Hun’s top performers.
“Kane brings a lot, she has a great knowledge of the game,” said Quirk, whose defense will also include senior Hanna Bettner, senior Liz Mydlowski, junior Taylor Nehlig, sophomore Alexis Goeke, and sophomore Charlotte Stout, with freshman Sophis Albanese seeing time either as a middie or a backfielder.
“She runs the show back there. We have changed up our defense. We are trying to pick the defense up the field and she helps the continuity between defense and offense.”
Junior standout goalie Reina Kern figures to be the backbone of the Hun defense.
“Reina plays all summer and comes back in good shape,” said Quirk. “We are looking for big things from her this season. She can control things in the back; she does a great job of directing the defense.”
Quirk believes the Raiders can do some big things this fall collectively if they give extra effort all over the field.
“We have good players in each unit but we need everyone to step up,” said Quirk.