Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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September 6, 2012

AHS Field hockey preview

Morris brings plenty of championship experience

(Continued)

Morris had a great role model on the field in her sister Meagan, a senior on the 2010 title team, who is now playing lacrosse at Sienna.

“I studied how my sister played so much,” she said. “We still talk all the time, and she comes to my scrimmages and games and talks to me about what I need to improve on. I think that helps a lot.”

Now a tri-captain, along with Jaclyn Torres and Meagan Keefe, Morris knows he has to take on plenty of responsibility, but also knows she has an excellent crew around her.

“I know I have to take more control and know what is going on around me,” she said. “I know I have to step up, but I know I can rely on the players around me. We have an experienced team, with a lot of juniors and seniors that were on the team last year and know what it takes.”

This season looks as if it will be Morris’ last in field hockey.

She is planning to follow in her sister’s footsteps by playing lacrosse in college, although she has not yet determined where.

She has been a letterman for the Golden Warriors in lacrosse since her freshman season, and first earned her starting spot as a sophomore.

“I love both but I’m going to play lacrosse,” said Morris, who also plays defense there. “In some ways they are similar sports, but there are so may differences.”

She now hopes to add a third title to her resume before the season is over, and her coach knows she will do everything in her power to make that happen.

“She is so smart and hard-working,” she said. “She sets up plays, she is our leader in defensive corners. She is very committed, she knows how to balance everything and she just doesn’t get the credit she deserves.”

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