Two members of WUHS field hockey team played in the NH/VT All Star game at University of Vermont.
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A portion of these photo first appeared in the July 2, 2012 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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Ertel And Robinson Play In Twin State Field Hockey Classic
By David Miles, Sports Correspondent
Two recent graduates of Woodstock Union High School, Camille Ertel and Aria Robinson, represented their school in the annual Twin State Field Hockey game in Burlington last Saturday, June 30. And the Vermont squad defeated its rivals from New Hampshire 3-2 in an exciting, come-from-behind overtime victory.
The Vermont team, Ertel and Robinson included, arrived in Burlington on Thursday afternoon, with the New Hampshire squad not arriving until a day later. Ertel thought this “extra day for team bonding made a big difference.” She commented “The experience was really special for me. It was very strange at first, playing with girls that I had played against this past fall, but as we bonded, we became great friends.”
The quality of play also impressed Ertel. She observed, “The field hockey was at an incredible level and to be able to play with other girls going on to play college field hockey was really fun!”
Vermont seemed in control of the game early, even though New Hampshire took a 2-0 lead. Both goals came on quick possessions for the Granite Staters and, according to Ertel, “other than that it seemed to be in our hands.” In the second half Vermont got goals from athletes from Harwood and South Burlington to tie the score, and then almost scored late in regulation play to take the lead.
Four minutes into overtime, with both teams playing 7-on-7, Mt. Mansfield’s Liz Znamierowski scored the game winner on a play that Ertel described as “just beautiful,” following a pass from Lizzy Saward.
With the win Vermont still trails in the annual series 17-9, with three ties. More important than the final score in these games, though, is what Ertel described as “getting to know all my wonderful teammates.” Some girls she and Robinson had played against, others from northern Vermont Division I schools like Middlebury and South Burlington they had never met before.
Ertel said, “What surprised me the most was our ability as field hockey players from different schools to come together and play like a team who has played together our entire lives. Many of us met for the first time Thursday afternoon and come Saturday for the game, some of us were best friends! We played like a real team and I was so amazed at how quickly we meshed as players and as people.”
Also making the experience special was having a teammate there with whom to share it. WUHS Coach Wendy Wannop attended the game and thought, “Both Woodstock girls played well. It was a pleasure to watch them and the game, the overtime win, was great too.”
Many of the girls will be looking to extend their field hockey careers in college next fall. Ertel will be attending Union College while Robinson will be at UVM. As Ertel said of her teammate, “She is great and I can’t wait to watch her at UVM next year.” Wannop, too, is excited about their college prospects, which she feels “should be exciting for them.”
This article first ran in the July 2, 2012 edition of the Vermont Standard.