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Player Profile: Sara Mazzoni

Sara Mazzoni

Riley Perroots, Sports Editor

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The Voice had a great opportunity to sit down and chat with goalie and co-captain of the Varsity Field Hockey team, Sara Mazzoni. Leading the team to the CCS semi-finals last year, Sara is looking to have another great year with the Field Hockey team.

Voice: How long have you been playing field hockey?

SM: Freshman year I wanted to play a sport, so my friend Jen [Randazzo] and I decided to try out for field hockey.

Voice: How did you get involved and why?

SM: I played club volleyball in middle school and I wanted to try something new.

Voice: What made you want to play goalie? Have you always played goalie?

SM: Yes, the first day of tryouts coach asked if anyone wanted to try out for goalie, I thought I would give it a shot. A couple of my uncles had played goalie for ice hockey, so I thought it was worth a try.

Voice: Are you ever scared when the balls come flying at you?

SM: Freshman year it was very scary, but after 4 years you get used to it. I am pretty much immune now.

Voice: On average, how many stops do you make in one game?

SM: At least 10. On JV the goalie is lucky to get much action; they make maybe 2 stops per game. But varsity is very different; the other teams are all very good and can get the ball to my side of the field often.

Voice: Do you ever blame yourself when the other team scores a goal, even when it is not your fault?

SM: I used to beat myself up about it sometimes, but then I realized it was not the right attitude to take and I didn’t want to stress myself out. I try not to worry too much anymore; I just focus on stopping the next ball that comes my way.

Voice: What does it mean to you to be a team captain?

SM: Jen and I are both team captains this year, and we have been working hard to get our team focused this year. It is the problem we have been having but the team is coming together. We both try to lead the team by example and work get the team focused and ready before a game.

Voice: Do you plan on playing in college? Varsity or intramural?

SM: I do not plan on playing Varsity in college because it is such a time commitment, but club or intramural sure.

Voice: What is your favorite memory from field hockey?

SM: Last year in the CCS semi-finals we beat Mitty. We worked so hard as a team together and we got to the CCS finals. We lost in the finals, but the fact that we even got there was amazing and really showed how hard our team worked. We were so happy to have made it that far.

Voice: What has field hockey taught you that you can take with you in life?

SM: Field Hockey has taught me about hard work. I started out with no knowledge of the game and in four years I am a captain on the varsity team. It has taught me how to work as a team and perseverance through the good and bad times. Field hockey has taught me to always keep trying.

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