December 11, 2011

All-State Field Hockey: Instant star who worked to be a leader

By Mike Lowe
Staff Writer

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

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Nicole Sevey followed her sister, who left Skowhegan as the school’s field hockey career scoring leader, then blazed her own path as a star on a state championship team.

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Telegram All-State Field Hockey

Katie Bernatchez, Messalonskee, senior center back

A finalist for Miss Maine Field Hockey, Bernatchez had six goals and three assists, and was 2 of 2 on penalty strokes. She'll next play at Boston University.

Kristy Bernatchez, Messalonskee, junior center midfielder

Bernatchez has already committed to play at North Carolina. She had 13 goals and seven assists this season.

Leah Edmondson, Nokomis, senior forward

A gifted scorer in the circle with a knack for getting her stick on the ball, Edmondson had 33 goals and eight assists this season.

Sarah Finnemore, Skowhegan, junior midfielder

Finnemore is extremely dangerous with the ball on her stick. She had 22 goals and 17 assists this year, giving her 46 career goals and 34 assists.

Mikayla Fitzmaurice, Skowhegan, senior back

Finished with two goals and seven assists, giving her four goals and 21 assists in her career. Will next play at Bryant University.

Katie Millett, North Yarmouth Academy, senior forward

Millett played on three Class C state championship teams. She had 24 goal and 12 assists, giving her 96 goals and 41 assists in her career.

Cari Posternak, York, senior center forward

One of the most prolific scorers in York's outstanding program, Posternak scored a career-high 20 goals this year, along with 15 assists.

Nicole Sevey, Skowhegan, senior midfielder

Sevey helped Skowhegan to its second consecutive Class A state championship. She had 11 goals and 19 assists, giving her 42 goals and 48 assists for her career. She will next play at the University of Maine.

Marissa Shaw, Nokomis, senior midfielder

Shaw had 16 goals and 12 assists, to finish her carer with 45 goals and 30 assists. She also made three defensive saves, giving her eight in her career.

Jessie Skillings, Skowhegan, senior forward

She had 27 goals and 22 assists for the Indians, giving her career totals of 70 goals and 42 assists.

Julia Ward, Belfast, junior goalie

Ward had nine shutouts in helping Belfast win the Class B state title. Her goals-against average was 0.44 and her save percentage was .890.

Coach of the Year

Lisa Truesdale, Marshwood

Truesdale did a remarkable job with a very young team, leading the Hawks to the Class A championship game. With seven sophomores and a freshman contributing regularly, Marshwood lost only three games in the regular season and won its first regional championship.

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:

Twitter: MikeLowePPH


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