PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. — Caroline Fraylick was eagerly awaiting the start of Pleasantville High School's varsity field hockey practice in August, more so than in previous years.
The senior and goalie wanted to get back into it after missing all but the first four games of the 2011 season with mononucleosis.
“I was excited to get back on the field, get back in game situations and have the ball hit my feet,” said Fraylick, in her fourth year on varsity.
Fraylick was welcomed back with open arms by her teammates as the Panthers look to raise their level of play, especially with their experienced goalie back.
“I know they were very excited to have me back and we were all excited to be back,” said Fraylick, following a scrimmage with Hen Hud Saturday.
Fraylick’s return has solidified the team as it prepares for the 2012 season. Pleasantville returns nine players, led by its’ five captains. Fraylick and classmates Julie Sanduski and Stephanie Wolf are the senior captains and they are joined by juniors Meg McCarthy and Mimi Sillings.
“We are all happy to be together again this year and we feel we have good team chemistry,” Fraylick said. “We had very good team chemistry last year and this year we feel much closer. Our flow is a little different as is our communication.”
Juniors Anne Horton, Hannah Buckstine and Elizabeth Hammond are also back, as is sophomore Alyssa Nagel.
Fraylick said the team came in focused from day one of practice. This has resulted in the team’s heightened communication and a more open approach on the field.
“In practice we have been working on spreading out and today we were more spread out,” said Fraylick of the scrimmage. “Our offense finished every play hard and our defense did an amazing job. I didn’t face a shot.”
Pleasantville had a short, positive post-game meeting before the girls all agreed they were going for FroYo.
“Coach (Coffey) was very pleased and very proud of us,” Fraylick said. “This gave us a good feeling of how well we can play.
“We are very happy with the team we have and we are anxious to get started and how see how we will do.”