DEXTER– Margaret Veazie coached the Dexter Tigers field hockey team to six state titles and seven regional titles between 1998 and 2010.
Veazie has not coached a team as young as the 2013 Tigers.
Veazie will share coaching duties this season with Nichole Burton. This will be Veazie’s third coaching stint at Dexter. Burton played for Veazie and considers her the perfect teacher as she starts her coaching career.
“I couldn’t have a better mentor, “Burton said. “It (coaching) has always been something I have been passionate about.”
Veazie added, “She (Burton) has always been a student of everything, she will be a very good coach.”
Veazie and Burton will have plenty of teaching to do. They have 18 underclassmen (freshmen/sophomores) on their roster. They have three junior captains and a senior that has not played field hockey for three years.
“This is the youngest team that I have ever coached,”Veazie said. “We have to play young kids, three or four freshmen have been starting in the preseason. You have to push them, because they have to play at a varsity level which is way different than the middle school level. We are looking to peak them at the end of the season and hopefully carry that over to next season too.”
Junior Marissa Mitchell added, “We are really excited about all these freshmen coming in. They are really good, really talented girls and I love them.”
The strength of the Tigers will be a strong defense. Mitchell is the leader of that group.
Sophomores Christie Nicholas and Cassidy Brown along with freshman Alyssa Brasier anchor the defense in front of the sophomore goalie duo of Kolby Kain and Kaitlyn Paquin.
“The defense is solid. We have a freshman, junior, and two sophomores,”Veazie said. “They really have not been tested.because they are solid enough where the ball does not get in there.”
The junior duo of Peyton Watson and Justice Mower will power the offense. Watson is the leading returning scorer for the Tigers.
“Our defense is really our strength this year,”Watson said. “They are really solid, so hopefully that will help us.”
Mower added, “We have a really good defense and we are fast.”
The competition in class C field hockey has stepped up a notch in 2013.
Foxcroft, Winslow, and Mount View have dropped to class C due to enrollment. All were among the best teams in class B last season.
Foxcroft finished the 2012 regular season as the number three seed and reached the regional final. Winslow was the number four seed and lost in double overtime to Mount View in the quarterfinals. Mount View fell to Belfast in the semifinals.
Winthrop should also be a contender.. They have won two straight regional titles. The Ramblers defeated Dexter 1-0 in the class C regional final last season.
“You have to respect Winslow, Foxcroft, and Mt. View, “Veazie said. “You have to respect those programs. They did well in (class) B. We are going to have to fight to be in that pack. We could be by the end of the year, but we are going to have to fight to be there. We have a lot of speed and athleticism.”
Dexter will open the season on September 4th, when they travel to the University of Maine for a contest against John Bapst. The home opener will be against Orono. Full schedule