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March 28, 2021 — Making up for a lost season

Yesterday morning, your Founder tuned in to a field hockey game in the Fall 2 season in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

This being an NFHS Network feed, there were some problems with the camera gimbal. One of the lenses was occluded so that you couldn’t make out the scoreboard very well. Two of the other lenses showing the midfield were overlapped so that a player crossing the center stripe would disappear for a half-second before reappearing.

But you didn’t have to have a perfect camera to see how skilled, quick, and dominant Somerset-Berkley (Mass.) was in its season-opener yesterday, winning 14-0 over nearby Wareham (Mass.). The goals came early and often, with the Providence-bound senior Cami Crook leading the way. A couple of her backhand goals were sublime, top-class finishes; she scored eight on the day.

It was not, however, a one-player effort. Numerous Raider attackers took advantage of the space the MIAA-mandated 7-on-7 rules package afforded them, and scored on almost every kind of chance available. Indeed, thanks to the allowance of penalty corners for the spring season (none of the MIAA games played in the fall had them) Somerset-Berkley continued to pile on the pressure.

These defending state champions have being limited to the scope of competition this season, playing only a league season and not playing down to a state champion.

As such, you can’t blame the Raiders for maximizing what it can do on the pitch.

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