Massabesic’s Emma Rutledge pushes the ball down the field during a game this past season. Rutledge has been named the Journal Tribune Field Hockey Most Valuable Player. JASON GENDRON PHOTOGRAPHY

Massabesic’s Emma Rutledge pushes the ball down the field during a game this past season. Rutledge has been named the Journal Tribune Field Hockey Most Valuable Player. JASON GENDRON PHOTOGRAPHY

The Massabesic field hockey program has been one of the best in the state over the years and there have been plenty of talented players that have helped get the Mustangs to that point.

Senior Emma Rutledge has been a major part of the Mustangs’ recent success — and she will leave as the program’s all-time leader in scoring.

Rutledge scored 22 goals this season as she helped the Mustangs go 13-3 and reach the Class A South semifinals.

“This year going into it we wanted to make the most out of it, especially after having such a successful season before, we had high expectations going into it,” said Rutledge, who helped the Mustangs reach the state finals in 2016. “Most of us girls on the team have been playing together since third grade and up, so we knew this was our last year to make the most out of it. It wasn’t the outcome that we wanted, but overall it was a really successful season for us.”

There was plenty of talent this year in Class A South with teams like Biddeford, Cheverus, Kennebunk, Scarborough, Thornton Academy and Westbrook battling each other throughout the season.

“The competition was amazing this year with adding Falmouth and Kennebunk into it. It was definitely harder competition this year,” Rutledge said.

Rutledge was thrilled to be able to break the school’s career scoring record midway through the season.

“It was pretty amazing. I was just hopefully doing my job as a forward … so that was a plus to beat that (record),” Rutledge added.

Rutledge gave plenty of credit to longtime coach Michele Martin-Moore.

“She’s an amazing coach. You can talk to her on and off the field. She can help you with anything,” said Rutledge.

The senior will be looking to continue her field hockey career at the next level — and she might end up close to home.

“I’m still open in my search. Right now St. Joe’s is my top school,” said Rutledge, who is also looking at the University of Southern Maine, Franklin Pierce University and the University of New Haven.

No matter where Rutledge ends up playing next year she will cherish the memories she made playing for the Mustangs.

“I think the coaching staff was amazing and just the culture of the program,” said Rutledge on what makes the program special. “I think the people I’ve played with throughout the years have just made it so amazing. You have players that come back and visit from college … you can just tell that the coaching staff has left a lasting impression on everyone.”

JT 2017 FIELD HOCKEY ALL-STARS

MVP: Emma Rutledge (Massabesic)

Rookies of the Year: Camryn Champlin (Massabesic) & Abby Allen (Biddeford)

All-Stars

Sarrah Marcotte (Biddeford)

Peyton McKeown (Biddeford)

Paige Laverriere (Biddeford)

Taylor Wildes (Biddeford)

Britney Gregoire (Kennebunk)

Kylie DeFeo (Kennebunk)

Christine Jarowicz (Kennebunk)

Logan Champlin (Massabesic)

Kaylee St. Laurent (Massabesic)

Taylor Ouellette (TA)

Cat Henaire (TA)

Claire Decker (TA)

Amber Singleton (Sanford)

Maya Joy (Sanford)


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