2018-01-19 / Sports Spotlight

Versatility on the ice is Loisel’s calling card

By Michael Kelley Staff Writer

Katie Loisel Katie Loisel A cast on her left wrist hasn’t stopped Scarborough High School senior Katie Loisel from being one of the girls’ hockey team’s most versatile players.

“Her versatility is her biggest asset,” said head coach Caitlin Jordan, in her first year leading the team. “I can put her on defense and the next shift put her at forward and she will excel at either place.”

“Any good player can switch (from offense to defense) for a shift or two, but to have her seamlessly go from one to another and be able to play both well is a huge for us,” Jordan continued.

Loisel has been playing hockey since she was in fifth grade, first playing with the Southern Maine Youth Hockey Association Huskies team, then the Scarborough Middle School team and for the last four years the high school varsity squad. Loisel also plays on a travel team with the Casco Bay Hockey Association.

Even with a cast on her left arm, Scarborough High School senior Katie Losiel has been a critical, and versatile, piece for the girls’ hockey team. (Courtesy photo) Even with a cast on her left arm, Scarborough High School senior Katie Losiel has been a critical, and versatile, piece for the girls’ hockey team. (Courtesy photo) Loisel’s hockey season got off to a rough start after she tore cartilage in her wrist taking a slapshot in warm ups before a 9-2 win against Gorham/Bonny Eagle/Massabesic on Dec. 2. Loisel had previously hurt her wrist, either playing hockey or powerlifting, another pastime of hers.

“I played with it for two weeks until I took that slapshot and it really hurt,” said Loisel, who missed some time, but quickly rebounded to rejoin the team.

She has two casts, including one that is specially made to play hockey in.

“It is not a huge deal. I can still play and I am super stable,” she said.

While her injury is not something that has sidelined Loisel for long, it is something she will have to closely monitor, even after the casts come off.

“Cartilage never heals. Eventually I will have to get something done if my muscles don’t strengthen around it,” she said.

Jordan, who also also played with a cast her senior year of high school, said “even watching (Loisel) play, you would never know she has a cast.”

Even with the injured wrist, Jordan, who replaced Caitlin D’Amour as head coach, said Loisel is a force to be reckoned with on the ice.

“She is fast, plays the body well,” said Jordan, who previously coached at North Yarmouth Academy, the University of New England and Portland High School. “She is willing to go after the corner and not hesitant.”

Although she has been used as a forward and defenseman this season, Loisel said her favorite role is defense.

“My main position is defense. I love it. I play everywhere. The only thing I don’t do is goalie. I tried it once and it didn’t go well,” Loisel said. “I am really a protective person. I think of my goalie as almost like my kid. I am trying to protect her and my natural instinct to chase them out from near the net and keep them from getting close.”

A defender like Loisel has been important this winter as the team came into the season with no returning goalie. Two sophomores, Grace Carriero and Barrett Reed, neither who had prior hockey experience, have stepped up to serve in the goal this season. More recently senior forward Ivy DiBiase, a former soccer player who plays volleyball and catcher on the softball team, has also offered to help out in goal.

“They are doing well and learning quickly, but it is a really difficult position,” Jordan said.

The Red Storm (4-7) faces off against Brunswick (5-8) Saturday, Jan. 20 in Brunswick.

“I am super excited going forward. I love my team. They are like family. I am excited to see where we go from here. We should do pretty well going forward. We are just getting our feet under us now,” Loisel said Thursday, Jan. 11, the day before scoring a goal in a 3-3 tie with Falmouth.

The goal going forward, Jordan said is to “keep getting better with every game and make a run in the playoffs.”

Loisel is undecided if she is going to play hockey at the University of Southern Maine, where she will study nutrition and exercise starting in the fall. Loisel already has some college experience and credits under her belt after taking classes at Southern Maine Community College last school year.

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

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