(This site was last updated on September 13, 2012.)
HEAD COACH: PAM COSSE (2012 is her 4th as Head Coach)
(732) 528-8820 x1014
ASST. COACH: ROBIN STOHRER
FRESHMAN COACH: MORGAN DUNNELLS
CAPTAINS: Carissa Mason, Kaitlyn Anderson, Molly Bryant
Manasquan High School Field Hockey History (the last three years):
2009: Varsity (Cosse/Kordulak) 9-7-2 JV (Duch) 9-3-2 Frosh (Gibbs) 2-5-3
2010: Varsity (Cosse/Kordulak) 7-7-5 JV (Boyd) 7-4-1 Frosh (Farrell) 2-10-1
2011: Varsity (Cosse/Kordulak) 9-3-6 JV (Boyd) 7-3-1 Frosh (Dunnells) 9-3-2
Wow! What a season for all three teams of the Manasquan Field Hockey Program!
The Varsity team's final record stood at 9-3-6. Our most notable performances were against: Wall, C Central Division champs, whom we tied twice in overtime and almost tied for the Division title; Jackson Liberty, when four different girls scored with Caitlin Burkard scoring twice to beat them 5-0; Rumson-Fair Haven, when we tied them 1-1 on their turf at night; and Delran, when four different seniors scored to get us the 4-0 win in this quarterfinal round of the Group II Central State tournament. Our three losses came against very respectable programs: Freehold Township (2nd game of the season when we were still solidifying our line-up); Freehold Boro (whose team boasted of US National Team member and current UNC Chapel Hill stand-out Emily Wold); and Camden Catholic (whose team boasts of stand-out Tara Vittese). At one point in the season, we were ranked 7th in Monmouth County, which is excellent, and senior captain Shea Gegan was often at or near the top of the scoring leaderboard. We were also seeded 7th in the Shore Conference Tournament (the teams above us were Shore Regional -1, Freehold Boro - 2, Wall - 3, Rumson-Fair Haven - 4, Holmdel - 5, and Freehold Township - 6) and 1st in the States for C Central, Group II. Also, it should be noted that Shea was named Player of the Week by the Coast Star and that she had goals and/or assists in 15 out of our 18 games... unbelievable!
The JV Team ended their season with a final record of 7-3-1.They had impressive wins against St. Rose, Point Boro, and Freehold Township, and fought hard both times against Wall, resulting in a 1-0 loss and a 1-1 tie. They made great progress throughout the season and many girls who saw considerable time in JV matches at the beginning of the season, began to see more and more time in much more competitive Varsity matches, which was a win-win situation for both the Varsity and JV teams. Way to go, "J's"!
The Freshman team ended their season with a final record of 9-3-2. Coach Dunnells noted the team's solid scoring in their 7-2 win over Howell and their 4-0 win over Jackson Liberty. Also, in regular season play, while they suffered one loss to Wall with a score of 2-0, they then tied them 1-1, which showed improvement and a will to win! Their season culminated in the Freshman Tournament where they had big wins against Ocean and Shore Regional in it. They made it to the Final Round of the tournament but ultimately fell to powerhouse Southern Regional with a score of 3-0 after holding them scoreless in the first half. It should be noted that some of our freshmen, Mackenzie Grogan, Kat Wallace, and Meghan Gilly, had opportunities to play in JV and Varsity matches, and did great things! Congrats to all of the freshmen and Coach Dunnells in her debut year of coaching!
OFF-SEASON and PRE-SEASON:
"Off-season" is the time spanning the end of our fall season (usually early November) to the end of the school year (late June); "individual pre-season" is the time spanning the end of the school year through mid-August; and "team pre-season" is mid-August through the beginning of September before our first game. Altogether, the off-season and pre-season bring much hard work and preparation for the MHS FH players. Most returning players participate in a combination of field hockey and fitness opportunities: Winter League at Good Sports; Summer League at Good Sports; Fairleigh Dickinson University's Competitor's Edge Summer Camp; Jersey Shore Area Crossfit (JSACF); strength and conditioning with C.S.C.S., Erin North; and captains' timed miles. Also, while many incoming freshmen girls who come out for field hockey at the high school have never played field hockey before, more and more are coming with some experience from having participated in Coach Cosse's Spring Field Hockey Fun recreation program held at Brielle Elementary School in April and May, Coach Cosse and her sister's The Edge field hockey summer day camp held the second week in July in Brielle at Green Acres Park, or some other local program. Returning players know that in order to be competitive in the sport of field hockey at Manasquan High School and contend against top programs, there is much catch-up to be done in order to make up for the fact that none of our sending districts currently provide a 6th/7th/8th grade FH program. With this said, since we are at a disadvantage with playing catch-up in terms of learning and executing the game, we attempt to put ourselves in a position of advantage by being especially fit, which will give us a fighting chance to win games where we might be out-skilled. Overall, our girls have a fighting spirit and come to field hockey wanting to learn, compete, and have a good time becoming a family full of pride and longstanding winning tradition.
This year, team pre-season for all three levels (freshmen, JV, and Varsity) began on Tuesday, August 14th at 7:30 a.m. in the high school gymnasium.
Pam Cosse, Head Coach:
-1992 graduate of Wall High School; went to State Finals; named to 1st Team All-State, All-Shore, All-County teams
-1996 graduate of Princeton University; won two Ivy League titles and participated in two NCAA tournaments; selected to Regional All-American and 2nd Team All-Ivy
-coaching experience with U.S. Field Hockey Association’s Futures program and several elite traveling field hockey club teams in NJ (i.e. The Edge, Spirit Eagles, New Heights)
-current head director/coach of Spring Field Hockey Fun; co-director/coach of The Cosse Field Hockey and Lacrosse Academy; and head coach of field hockey programs at the Jersey Shore Arena in Wall Township
-current Child Study Team Social Worker for Manasquan and Sea Girt school systems
Robin Stohrer, Assistant Varsity Coach:
-1993 Graduate of Wall High School
-1997 Graduate of William Paterson University; sweeper on the WPU Field Hockey Team; pitcher on the WPU Softball Team
-coaching experience in softball, soccer, and swimming
-current special education teacher in Howell Public Schools and private softball pitching instructor
Morgan Dunnells, Freshman Coach:
-2006 graduate of Brick Township High School; played Varsity her junior and senior years, named captain her senior year
-attended Slippery Rock University for one year and played field hockey
-transferred to Monmouth University and graduated in 2011; English Education major and secondary education specialization
The 2012 schedule can be viewed by going to the school website: www.manasquanschools.org. Once there, click on Manasquan High School on the left-hand side, then Athletics at the top, at which point you will scroll down to "Athletics." This will bring you to www.highschoolsports.net for Manasquan High School sports teams specifically. Then, find the small black button that says, "Change," and fill in what you are looking for (e.g. field hockey, varsity, and girls). Then, press "Go."
1-The schedule is subject to change (with some changes already noted above.)
2-Most Varsity games start at either 3:45 or 4:00, with JV to follow.
3-When Varsity and JV play home, Freshmen usually play away, but only when the school that we are playing has a freshman program. (The freshmen schedule can be viewed through the school website, as described above.)
4-Home games are played on the Pat Barnaba Field on North Main Street, behind the football field and across from Mac's Pond.
5-Our Division is "A Central" this fall of 2012. The teams that belong to this division are: RBC, Raritan, SJV, Monmouth, Holmdel, and Rumson-Fair Haven.
6-Shore Conference and State Games are TBD. We must be .500 by mid-October to be allowed to participate in the Shore Conference Tournament, while ANY team may enter the State Tournament regardless of their record.
7-Division games that get cancelled MUST be re-scheduled and trump non-divisional games already in the schedule. If a non-divisional game gets cancelled, it might not get re-scheduled depending upon the time of the season.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Coach Cosse at her school e-mail address or phone number: firstname.lastname@example.org, or (732) 528-8820 ext. 1014.