All-Region Field Hockey Player of the Year: Winthrop’s Maddie Perkins

Winthrop’s Maddie Perkins, right, and Maranacooks’ Shylah Woodford battle for the ball in a Class C South field hockey quarterfinal match on October 27 at Thomas College in Waterville. Rich Abrahamson / Morning Sentry

Maddie Perkins sums up her senior season in one word: exciting.

The Winthrop star helped the Ramblers win the Class C State Championship – she scored the game-winning goal with about a minute left in the title game – and finished with a perfect 18-0 record – 0. She scored 33 goals, an academic record and recorded 22 assists. She was named Mountain Valley Conference Player of the Year and selected for the Maine Field Hockey Association State Team.

Perkins was also selected as Sun Journal All-Region Field Hockey Player of the Year.

“I’m very proud of our team and what we’ve accomplished,” said Perkins. “Few teams go undefeated throughout the year and win States; it’s really exciting.

In addition to the new single-season scoring record, Perkins set new academic scores for most career goals (81), most career hat tricks (10) and most career assists ( 41), fourteen of his 81 career goals have come in the playoffs, which is also an academic record.

Perkins didn’t realize how close she was to surpassing the school’s scoring record until the middle of the season. She was happy to break the record when she did so on October 6 against Boothbay so that attention could completely turn to the Ramblers’ goals.

“I wanted (to break it) before the playoffs, so our team could work on the passes and get to the goal together as a team,” said Perkins. “I think it was good to have that (weight) on my shoulders before the playoffs.

Coach Sharon Coulton has said the young team’s leadership they have in 2021 is more important to the Ramblers ‘success than Perkins’ offensive production.

“She had the most experience on the team and was an entry to a state championship team in her freshman year,” said Coulton, who returned to being Winthrop’s head coach in 2021, nine years after moving. resigned and served as an assistant. “We only had two other seniors on the team, one with (since she was) in first year and the other with (since she was) in second year. I think his experience was pretty critical, especially when we got to the playoffs. “

Winthrop won the State Championship in 2018, when Perkins was a freshman, then lost to Foxcroft in the 2019 C Class Finals. There were no playoffs in the shortened 2020 season due to from the COVID-19 pandemic (the Ramblers played fewer games than most teams last year, making Perkins’ all-time school records even more impressive).

Returning to the state championship has always been on Perkins’ mind.

“We really knew that if we could get far in the playoffs, reach the (regional semi-finals) or the regional final, we didn’t want to lose, because we wanted to come back to the state game and prove that it is. where we belonged, ”Perkins said.

Perkins played a bigger role in winning the second state championship than she did the first. Along with her leadership, she has also become a versatile player.

“I think my defense has improved a lot… I was more of a forward when I was in the freshman, and I came back to a running back,” said Perkins. “So I think my defensive skills have improved since my first year. Also, my shooting skills, my powerful shots on goal from the top of the circle, so my teammates could rock. My first year, I was more of a tipper.

On Perkins ‘defense, Coulton said she played a crucial role in the Ramblers’ strategy to defend a penalty corner. Perkins was one of three outfielders who ran from inside the goal cage to the top of the circle to try and stop the offensive team from shooting.

Along with winning a second state championship and breaking school records, Perkins said what she will remember this season are road trips with her teammates.

“I think the team and everything we’ve done together, but our chemistry, the bus rides to our playoff games,” said Perkins. “Our mothers decorated our bus and we brought a karaoke machine, and it was really great fun. This year has been one of my favorite years. Our team worked so well and we had such great chemistry on and off the pitch. “

Perkins said the transition from former coach Jessica Merrill to Coulton went smoothly, as Coulton was the team’s assistant coach and junior varsity coach. Coulton said being the head coach allowed him to spend more time with Perkins.

“When she started in freshman, yes, I was on the sidelines, but we had a slightly bigger squad (at the time), and as an assistant coach I was mainly working with the junior players from university. So I haven’t had any interactions with some of the college players, ”Coulton said. “It was another plus this season, it was getting to know Maddie better.”

Perkins is looking to play field hockey in college. She hasn’t chosen a school yet, but says the recruitment process is going well.

“It was hard to start (the process), but when you start talking to the coaches it’s super easy and they’re super cool,” Perkins said. “All the coaches I have spoken with have been super nice.”


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