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September 6, 2012

AHS Field hockey preview

Morris brings plenty of championship experience

When Andover field hockey took home its first title two seasons ago, Bridget Morris spent most of the journey as a spectator.

Now a senior, as she takes on a leadership role, Morris looks back at that those moments with great gratitude.

“It was totally different the first time around because I was doing a great deal of watching,” she said. “I watched my sister and a lot of great girls. Now that I feel like I have to step up more and take control, I know what to do because I watched them.”

Morris’ experience all over the field will be a key for the Golden Warrior field hockey team, which opens its pursuit of a third straight Division 1 state title on Monday by traveling to Methuen.

“It’s very different (being the favorite),” said Morris. “The first time we won most people weren’t expecting us to win, and last year people were expecting us to. I’ve been in both positions and I don’t think one is much better, but they are very different.”

Bridget contributed as a midfielder as a sophomore, as the Golden Warriors won their first state title in program history, and last season she was a key player first as a midfielder, then moving to defense when the tourney started.

“Bridget’s role changes game by game,” said Golden Warriors coach Maureen Noone. “If we need her at midfield, she’ll do that, and if we need her on defense she’ll play there. Her contributions often go overlooked because she isn’t scoring goals, but when we are playing in the big games, you see how good she is. She does it all.”

Having to be versatile is just fine with Morris, who loves doing a little bit of everything.

“I’ll play wherever coach Noone asks me,” she said. “Last year she moved me to defense in the tournament, and I was happy to do it. I am a defender, that’s what I have always played so it was good to go back and do that. But I’ll do either.”

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