ORONO – The Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference has long dominated Class B North field hockey.
But in 2018 a new squad has galloped ahead of the pack. Penobscot Valley Conference power Foxcroft.
“Coach (Stephanie Smith) kinda keeps us in a mindset of you don’t worry about who you’re playing you don’t play down to their level and you don’t become defeated just because people say they’re better than us we know our abilities,” Ponies midfielder Cailin Seavey said.
The Ponies have been outstanding this year. They’re 11-1, have outscored the opposition 60-2 and knocked off the defending Class B champs, MCI.
“Each one of us players out here plays as hard as we can and I think as soon as we come together as a team there’s not many people that can stop us,” Seavey added.
KVAC field hockey schools such as Belfast, Skowhegan and Messalonskee play field hockey all year round.
Foxcroft only has one player doing so, but it’s a challenge the Ponies don’t shy away from.
“It’s crucial you know we really need to play the KVAC because that’s who’s predominantly making it into the final eight,” head coach Stephanie Smith said.
The real season begins in just over a week, win or lose, this group of Ponies will always hold a special place in the hearts of their coaches.
“They certainly keep the coaches in stitches, they’re a goofy group but they do know when to work hard too,” Smith said with a smile.