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Harrison Field Hockey Ready For Next Step

HARRISON. N.Y. – Harrison seniors Michelle Loguidice and Kaitlyn Gotte are extremely excited about the 2012 field hockey season, and with good reason.

Loguidice and Gotte, both in their third years on the varsity field hockey team, have experienced a steady progression in the program. The Huskies have been improving each year under coach Sara (Gonzalez) Witmer, a former Lakeland High School and Hofstra standout.

Harrison has qualified for the Section 1 Class B Championships the past three years and won its first-round games each year, only to meet Lakeland in the quarterfinal round.

“We know how good it feels to win in the first round, and we hated losing in the second round,” said Loguidice, who will play center forward. “We want to improve with each game we play, and we want to get a higher seed this year.”

The Huskies want more in the 2012 season, and in the first three days of practice have applied themselves with greater determination.

“I can see the commitment from the first day of practice,” said Gotte, who will play center midfield. “We know we have to give 110 percent this season, and I can see it from the beginning.”

Loguidice and Gotte are two of seven returning seniors for Witmer. Joining Loguidice and Gotte are classmates Anna San Marco, Nicole Suozzo, Micaela Moscato and Kaitlyn Talibon and junior Michelle DiLeo, also a starter in 2011.

Harrison has continued raising its skill level as a result of the girls' playing year-round in winter and summer leagues. That was all through Witmer.

“This has definitely helped us continue to raise our skills, and it gives us a head start going into the season when we start practice,” Gotte said.

The returning nucleus has been joined by new players who have a done a great job of acclimating themselves to varsity, Loguidice and Gotte said.

Harrison will host Rye Neck on Friday, Sept. 7, in the season opener for both teams. The Huskies will then play three games the week of Sept. 10.

Loguidice and Gotte are both excited about what this season holds for the Huskies.

“I am pumped to see what we can do and how far we can go,” Gotte said. “We’re a big family on the field with good chemistry.”

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