Everyone associated with the Liverpool field hockey team knows how difficult it will be to match what happened one season ago.
In 2012, after a long and storied history and plenty of Section III titles, the Warriors made it all the way to the state Class A championship match for the first time. And while Liverpool lost that title game 3-0 to Sachem East, it didn’t detract from the remarkable effort just to get that far.
Now head coach Kim Dominick faces 2013 without a remarkable core of eight graduated seniors that included Emma Lamison, Emily Burns, Audra Adams, Corinna Castiglia, Kristin Hinkey and Jen Ryan, though goalie Megan Evangelista leads the returning cast.
That difficult for Liverpool was evident in last Tuesday’s season opener at Holland Patent, as it could only manage a 2-2 tie with the Golden Knights.
In each half, senior forward Paige Howard scored for the Warriors, and in each half HP’s Alyssa Curtis offered a response, proving that more than any other part of the game, it’s the defense that Liverpool needs to work on the most.
And they would stay tied through the overtime periods as Evangelista earned six saves, one less than Golden Knights counterpart Leanna Newland.
And those defensive struggles were exposed again in Thursday’s home opener against Camden, where a late flurry left the Warriors on the wrong end of a 4-3 defeat to the Blue Devils.
They were tied, 1-1, at halftime, and Liverpool did produce on its attack as Shelby Peck, Morgan Thomas and Gabriella Pascarella each took turns earning goals and Kayla Crosby added an assist.
However, Camden kept matching, and topping, what the Warriors could do, largely thanks to Kendra Walker, who put together a three-goal hat trick off passes from Sid McGowan, who had three assists. Liz Link added one goal and one assist.