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Norwin field hockey team continues to build

| Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Norwin field hockey coach Laura Peery expected the 2013 season would be a building campaign for her team.

So far, she's seeing the improvement she hoped for.

The Knights entered the week with a 2-6-1 record heading into Tuesday night's home game against Pine-Richland.

Despite the overall won-loss record, Peery said she had seen plenty of overall improvement from her team during the first half of the season.

“We're definitely improving with each game,” Peery said. “It's going uphill.”

Norwin's roster includes just four seniors, so Peery finds herself starting several freshmen and sophomores. Those players' passing and overall skills improved during the first half of the season, Peery said.

“It's kind of cool to see some freshmen starting on the team, and we definitely have some strong sophomores,” she said.

Peery said junior Anna Romeo and freshman Amanda DeLuise were two of the team leaders.

“Anna Romeo has definitely stepped up,” Peery said. “In the midfield, she's done a really good job. Amanda DeLuise, a freshman, has stepped up to starting on varsity. She's doing a really nice job as well in the midfield.”

However, the coach said she hoped to see the team develop a stronger scoring touch during the second half of the season.

“We've had a lot of opportunities to score, so we're definitely looking to improve our finishing abilities,” Peery said.

Tuesday's game against Pine-Richland, which ended past the deadline for this week's edition, officially began the second half of the field hockey team's season.

After that game, the Knights will play their next five games on the road, beginning with a section contest Thursday at Hempfield.

“I'd like to see them go out and win and keep improving, (and start) scoring a little bit more,” Peery said.

Doug Gulasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-388-5830, via email at dgulasy@tribweb.com or via Twitter @dgulasy_Trib.

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