Field Hockey Athlete of the Year: Savannah Hersey
Savannah Hersey started playing field hockey three years ago for two reasons. First, she played ice hockey, and thought field hockey was a logical sport to play in the fall. Secondly, she wanted to stay in shape. Now, she’s the best field hockey player in Warwick.
“I figured that field hockey would be a good thing to keep in shape and maybe improve some of my hockey skills,” Hersey said. “Then I ended up really liking it.”
A rising senior at Warwick Vets, Hersey took to the sport immediately her freshman year and has steadily gotten better and better. This season, as Vets went 4-6-3 and contended for a playoff spot, Hersey took her game a step further.
She led Division II in assists with 13 and added three goals as well. From her spot in the midfield she also was a defensive presence, helping the ’Canes allow only 13 goals, second in D-II. For her efforts, she earned first-team All-Division honors.
“She was definitely the engine of the team,” said Vets head coach Jim Areson. “She was a great two-way player. Not just offensively, but defensively, Savannah excelled for us the whole year.”
Hersey rarely came off the field last season, and she’s started for Vets for three years running. She also served as a captain in her junior year, meaning she’ll be a two-time captain when it’s all said and done.
“She’s an absolute coach’s dream, to the point where I have a little girl and I point Savannah out and I say, ‘That’s how you should do things. Just watch Savannah,’” Areson said.
Hersey has started playing in field hockey leagues outside of school and also playing in showcases, as the sport may end up taking her further than she could have imagined.
“I’ve gotten a lot better,” Hersey said. “Freshman year I didn’t know what I was doing and then sophomore year, I kind of figured it out. Then this year, I became a much better player.”