JOHNSBURG - Johnsburg Field Hockey Coach Jill Toney is impressed with how well her team has played thus far in the season. With only 12 players and after losing seven seniors to graduation, the Lady Jags charged into the season with heart and determination, according to Toney.
With a perfect league record of 5-0 and an overall of record of 9-1, players in every position have stepped up to pull the team through tough games.
"We have 12 girls working really hard to win every game," said Toney.
Cassandra Prouty has been solid in the goal, securing several shutouts for the Lady Jags. Both scoring efforts and assists have been championed by Keri Cleveland, Kelly Blackhurst, Kelsey Williford and Emily Burns.
Only three games stand between Johnsburg and a league championship as well as a shot at a sectional title. Some of these girls have been playing for that moment since fourth grade, according to Toney.
They are in tight contention with league rival Warrensburg, but if they win all of their remaining contests, they will win the league outright.
The only blemish on the Lady Jag record is a loss to Greenwich at the Adirondack Sports Complex Dome on Sept. 28. They fell to the Witches 2-0.
"We did not adjust well to the turf in the first half," said Toney.
Both Greenwich points were scored in the beginning of the game, and once the Jaguars found their game in the second half, they couldn't rally.
Toney's players have adopted a "it's not how you start, but how you finish" philosophy and will fight for their place in sectionals in the coming weeks. "We have a long road still ahead of us, but I tell the girls to keep their heads down, to keep going and they will know when they reach the top," she said.