Nicole Sevey was a star from the moment she stepped onto the field as a freshman to play field hockey at Skowhegan.

Not that she acted like one. Sevey, a center midfielder, was humble, always putting the team first. But everyone else noticed, especially in this, her senior season.

Lori Smith, the Thornton Academy coach and vice president of the Maine Field Hockey Association, said of Sevey, when discussing the state’s best players, “she sets the standard by which all other players are measured this year.”

That’s why she won the Miss Maine Field Hockey award, given to the state’s top senior. That’s why she is our choice as the Maine Sunday Telegram field hockey player of the year for the second straight season.

“I think she became more refined this year,” said her coach, Paula Doughty. “She’s one of those players you can’t measure by goals or assists. There were plenty of games when she didn’t score but was still the best player on the field.”

This was a season of outstanding players, including Sevey’s teammate, Jessie Skillings. They will play at the University of Maine next year, along with Marissa Shaw of Nokomis.

In fact, seven of the 11 All-staters will play Division I field hockey. Two others are juniors committed to Division I.

Sevey was considered the best of all of them.

“I remember seeing her as a sophomore and thinking, ‘Gee this kid is going to be good,’ ” said Smith.

Sevey has exceptional hand-eye coordination, field sense and composure. She had the ability to take the ball off an opponent’s stick, make a move and find a teammate for a goal.

Messalonskee Coach Katie Gorham watched Sevey and her teammates beat her squad four times last fall.

“Sevey was the one who stood out the most,” said Gorham. “Any loose balls she was beating everyone to it.”

As a senior, she had 11 goals and 19 assists, finishing her career with 42 goals and 48 assists while helping Skowhegan win three state titles.

Sevey listened and learned from every captain she played under. That list included her older sister, Erin, who graduated as the school’s all-time leading scorer.

“She taught me so much,” said Sevey. “She’s been my role model my entire life.”

In fact, if not for her sister, Sevey might be a soccer star. She was kicking the ball around when Erin switched over to field hockey. Not wanting to disappoint her big sister, Nicole bought a stick as well.

Staff Writer Mike Lowe can be contacted at 791-6422 or at:

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