With a Phenomenal start to the season, St. Mary’s Field Hockey is Thriving
St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s field hockey team is having a stunning season under fourth year head coach, Jessica Lanham. As of Oct.4, the team is undefeated with a record of 9-0. This season has exceeded expectations as the team heads into conference play.
One key addition to the team this season has been freshman Veronica Maring (‘23). Maring had high honors coming out of high school and has left a tremendous impact on the Seahawks squad. According to SMCMathletics.com, the Westminster High graduate was named Carroll County Field Hockey Player of the Year, was selected to Maryland all-state first team as well as first team all-county and second team all-metro.
Maring has started in all nine games, scored four goals and has five assists. When asked what her first season has been like at the collegiate level, Maring said, “It’s been amazing coming onto the team and everyone being excited because of how well we have been doing. All the girls are really excited seeing the teams that they once lost to, and now feeling as they felt as we keep defending our home field and the St. Mary’s field hockey team wherever we go.”
After describing how great of an experience her first year has been, she went on to say how the team has gotten off to such a successful start. She stated that “We were pushed hard in the preseason to make sure we were at our best when the season started. From then on we have been working really hard to make sure every day that we are out at practice to get better.”
Another player who has had a great impact on the team thus far has been Junior Meghan Ronan (‘21). Ronan has also started in all nine games and has scored seven goals with six assists. Ronan has been a key piece for the successful St. Mary’s squad. When asking her to reflect upon the success of the season thus far, she said, “Our team has been able to get off to such an incredible start because we are more than just a team. We are a family. One of our big focuses this season was the quote ‘We>Me:’ the idea that the team comes before any individual.” She went on to speak of the goals of the team moving forward in the season, exclaiming “The goals of the team moving forward are to continue to get better each day on the field. Whether it is a practice or a game, we are striving to push ourselves to greatness.”
While both players had glowing remarks of their teammates and the camaraderie of the team, they also had remarkably glowing comments in regards to the impact that head coach Jessica Lanham has had. Maring explained that “Coach [Lanham] has had a huge impact on us and has continued to make sure throughout the season that we are staying humble and not getting too cocky with the wins…every game we are playing is like a championship game.” Ronan had similar comments, and added “Coach Lanham has had a huge impact on the St. Mary’s Field Hockey program in general, not just this season but the past season as well. She along with the players on the team are growing this program to be the best field hockey program that St. Mary’s can have.”
This squad seems to have the poise and confidence to carry them deep into the season. The team kicks off conference play at home on Saturday, Oct. 12 vs. Salisbury at 1 p.m. St. Mary’s students should go out and cheer on their fellow Seahawks as they look to continue on the path of an incredible season.