2017-09-22 / Sports Spotlight

Family fabric features passion for field hockey

By Michael Kelley Staff Writer


Lucy Bogdanovich practices her shot during a field hockey practice last week. The team is undefeated heading into a Sept. 25 away game at Deering High School. (Michael Kelley photos) Lucy Bogdanovich practices her shot during a field hockey practice last week. The team is undefeated heading into a Sept. 25 away game at Deering High School. (Michael Kelley photos) When Scarborough High School senior Lucy Bogdanovich competes on a field hockey field, she is not only participating in a sport she loves, but one that has a deep connection to her family.

Lucy’s grandmother, also Lucy Bogdanovich, was a 2004 inductee into the National Field Hockey Hall of Fame and spent 28 years – off and on – as the Deering High School field hockey coach from 1949 to 1988.

“The reason I play, is because of her,” Bogdanovich said at practice Sept. 14, the day before a 1-0 Red Storm victory at Westbrook.

Bogdanovich has been playing field hockey since she was in seventh grade and has been on the varsity team since she started at Scarborough High School in 2014.


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“Lucy is just a very mature, controlled, consistent player. That’s what she brings to the team. She is the glue that keeps us together,” Mariello said, adding Bogdanovich has a way of keeping her teammates “even keeled and focused on their jobs.”

Bogdanovich said team chemistry and the ability to work together is a big part of the game and something Scarborough has excelled at this year.

“Every year we have been pretty good, but this year how well we get along as a team has made a difference,” Bogdanovich said.

Aside from veteran players such as Bogdanovich coming back this fall, Mariello didn’t quite know what the 2017 team would look like, especially after graduating 10 seniors in the spring.

“We came into the season knowing we had some holes to fill. The veteran players knew it took a lot of team camaraderie to get the success you want,” Mariello said. “They have taken the younger players under their wings and pushed them to get to a point I don’t think they knew they could be at.”

The Red Storm head into a Monday, Sept 25 game at Deering with a 7-0 record, but Bogdanovich knows the team has a tough schedule ahead and some challenging games. Scarborough lost 2-1 in the semi-final round of the playoffs last fall to Marshwood, a team they beat 4-0 Tuesday.

“Every game is going to be tough. Everyone has a pretty good team throughout the league,” she said.

Mariello said this means Scarborough has to be ready to play every step of the way.

“We’re in a really strong league. There really is no game you can’t play your best at,” she said.

While Bogdanovich is focused on this season, after high school she would like to continue playing field hockey on the club level, but academics, and more specifically

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

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