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Another Quality Year Expected from North Branford Field Hockey

Coach Babby Nuhn is excited for the 2012 season with the T-Birds.

For more than the past three decades, Babby Nuhn has been at the helm of the T-Birds’ field hockey program. Though she has another small team this year, she says the “tiny nucleus of 23 dedicated players will get a lot of personal attention to develop skills.”

The T-Birds graduated six “extremely talented teammates,” five of whom playing at the next level, from the including goalkeeper (Western Connecticut State University), Lindsay Doebrick, (St. Anselm's College), Danielle Hottin (Lasell College), Emilee
Maher (Castleton College) and Bailey McGinnis (Southern Connecticut State University).

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Despite the loss to graduation, Nuhn is optimistic with several key returnees as well as six new players signing up for the 2012 season. Senior tri-captains are Nicole Boulas, Sarah Brenner and Tara Melaccio, who all play offense. Midfielder Emily DeSorbo rounds out the senior class.

“I will be leaning on our captains, actually all four seniors, to be
stronger leaders since they must depend on their younger players to step
up with confidence and unity,” said Nuhn.

In addition to the seniors, Nuhn will also be counting on “another huge strength in the awesome dedication” of assistant coaches and , noting they “add so much versatility and knowledge to our team.”

The junior class includes goalkeeper Meghan Augur, along with Alyssa Doran (back/defense), Melissa Martin (mid), Gia Miserendina (offense), Cassidy Norton (offense),
Melissa Sola (defense), Bella Troiano (defense), and Krista Wells (defense/GK). Nuhn is also expecting big things from sophomore Stephanie Hogan.

“Every game will be an exciting opportunity to see the growth and development of our team,” said Nuhn.

Here's the 2012 schedule. For updates and scores, visit the CIAC website.

DateOpponentH/A-FacilityTime/Result Thu., 8/30  Branford (Scrim.)  Away
[Directions]  5:45 p.m.  Sat., 9/1  Avon (Scrim.)  Away
[Directions]  9:00 a.m.  Sat., 9/8  Daniel Hand (Scrim.)  Away
[Directions]  9:00 a.m.  Tue., 9/11  Stonington  Home - North Branford High School
[Directions]  4:00 p.m.  Mon., 9/17  Sacred Heart Academy  Home - North Branford High School
[Directions]  3:45 p.m.  Tue., 9/18  Westbrook  Away - Westbrook H.S.
[Directions]  3:45 p.m.  Thu., 9/20  Branford  Home - North Branford High School
[Directions]  3:45 p.m.  Mon., 9/24  East Lyme  Home - North Branford High School
[Directions]  3:45 p.m.  Tue., 9/25  Morgan  Away - Indian River Complex
[Directions]  3:45 p.m.  Fri., 9/28  Valley Regional  Away - Valley Regional High School
[Directions]  3:45 p.m.  Tue., 10/2  Haddam-Killingworth  Away - Haddam Killingworth HS
[Directions]  3:45 p.m.  Thu., 10/4  Westbrook  Home - North Branford High School
[Directions]  6:30 p.m.  Mon., 10/8  Amity  Away - Amity High School
[Directions]  11:00 a.m.  Wed., 10/10  Old Saybrook  Away - Old Saybrook High School
[Directions]  3:45 p.m.  Fri., 10/12  Morgan  Home - North Branford High School
[Directions]  3:45 p.m.  Tue., 10/16  Valley Regional  Home - North Branford High School
[Directions]  3:45 p.m.  Fri., 10/19  Haddam-Killingworth  Home - North Branford High School
[Directions]  6:30 p.m.  Tue., 10/23  Old Saybrook  Home - North Branford High School
[Directions]  6:30 p.m.  Fri., 10/26  Mercy  Home - North Branford High School
[Directions]  6:30 p.m. 


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