2016-10-14 / Sports Spotlight

Senior ready to lead Red Storm playoff push

By Michael Kelley Staff Writer


Scarborough field hockey coach Kerry Mariello said Edie Frederick has provided consistency and leadership this season and will be a key part of Scarborough’s playoff run that begins next week. (Michael Kelley photo) Scarborough field hockey coach Kerry Mariello said Edie Frederick has provided consistency and leadership this season and will be a key part of Scarborough’s playoff run that begins next week. (Michael Kelley photo) With the regular season wrapped up this week, members of the Scarborough High School field hockey team is in playoff mode and looking to return to the Class A title game. Although the Scarborough didn’t make it to the state final game last fall, the team has appeared in five of the last eight and came away as top in the class in 2009 and 2014.

Head coach Kerry Mariello said repeating past success won’t be easy this year because of parity in the strength of the playoff teams.

“It is so strong from the top one to eight, it could be anyone (that wins the championship),” she said at a practice last week. “No matter who we play quarterfinal to the end of the season, the games are going to be equal in terms of caliber of play. Nothing is going to come easy.”


Edie Frederick Edie Frederick One of the key players for the team for the playoffs will be senior defender Edie Frederick, a player Mariello said offers a “level of consistency and leadership” to the team.

Mariello said Frederick is vocal, yet encouraging while out on the field.

“She is one of those leaders that people are drawn to, so what she says, people listen,” Mariello said, adding that Frederick and “the qualities she has makes a difference and what makes our team so special.”

Frederick has been playing field hockey since fifth grade and playing with some of her current teammates since she was in middle school. Frederick is also a member of the Scarborough High School swimming team and rows with the Waynflete High School crew team in the spring. Frederick is able to participate on the team although she is not a student at the school because Scarborough and most other high schools in the state lack rowing programs. Frederick’s brother Sam rowed as a student at Waynflete.

“I love the sport and the girls that play,” Frederick said of field hockey. “I met a lot of my friends through field hockey.”

This history, Frederick said, has helped the team gel as one.

“All the girls seem to have this connection. All of us are really close. We have created this bond of friendship that shows on and off the field,” Frederick said.

Another part of her personal success, she said, is rising through the ranks of the field hockey program.

“During high school, I started out on the freshmen team, then JV and then varsity, so I got a lot of playing time, instead of being on varsity and just being on the bench,” Frederick said. “I got to play all different types of teams and all different types of players, which has helped my experience definitely.”

Despite the uncertainty with the playoff picture, Frederick said the team is in a good position to put up a competitive fight. After back-to-back losses to Marshwood and Massabesic to start the season, Scarborough rolled off 12 straight wins from Sept 7 to Oct. 11.

“We got off the a rough start, but as the season went on, we continued to get better. We are a completely different team now. I am really excited to see how the playoffs turn out,” Frederick said. Scarborough, the third seed, begins its playoff run next week.

Although she has not chosen a college yet, Frederick said she would like to keep playing field hockey, at least at the club level. She is currently looking at schools in the New England area that offer biomedical engineering.

Staff Writer Michael Kelley can be reached at news@scarboroughleader.com.

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