Old Rochester’s Maggie Nailor is 2021 Field Hockey Player of the Year

Players of the Year are not built during the season. They are forged in the crucible of the offseason; shaped by a mixture of hard work, sweat, determination and a drive to improve.

Old Rochester senior midfielder Maggie Nailor picked up on that notion, picked up her field hockey stick and got down to business.

A veteran of the sport since sixth year, Nailor first developed his skills as a defender before moving to midfield and sometimes seeing time as a striker.

Field hockey is her only sport of choice, so she devoted herself around the clock, joining the Allegiant Club team as a seventh-year student. She gradually rose through the ranks eventually earning a starting position as a sophomore for the Bulldogs.

But the pandemic rocked his junior campaign, forcing a shortened 7-on-7 spring secondary season and his club Allegiant side to disband during that time. Nailor’s passion for the game and her desire to improve took her across the bridge to Cape Cod field hockey with teammate Sofia Irish and under head coach Courtney Cappallo. The move turned out to be successful, as she played with and against top local talent and even received one-on-one instructions from Cappallo.

“The time spent with Cape Cod and Courtney field hockey has helped a lot this season,” said Nailor.

As the Bulldogs’ senior captain, Nailor’s impact on the game and her overall importance to her Old Rochester teammates has exceeded the box score – she has only scored three goals and eight assists in 21 games. . Those who have played against her know that her impact on the pitch doesn’t always show up in the post-match stats sheet.

Maggie Nailor of Old Rochester fires a shot through the defense of Mya Columbus of Apponequet.

“She’s just a solid player who can switch between defensive and attacking possessions and keep going,” said Fairhaven head coach Julie Sunderland. “It’s such a luxury to have a player who can come from behind and be able to score or create a score up the field.”

“Defensive-minded players often don’t get the recognition they deserve,” Wareham head coach Molly Kosboski said. “She was really a force for this team.”

Maggie Nailor of Old Rochester kicks the ball away from Julia Freitas of Apponequet.

Nailor’s head coach Lauren O’Brien, the 2009 Standard Schedule Field Hockey Player of the Year as a goaltender with Bishop Stang, sees the luxury of her senior captain beyond the Game.

“Elite players will be slow when no one is watching. They don’t show up on August 25 and start there, ”O’Brien said. “I’m so proud of Maggie for putting in all this time and then sharing what she’s learned with our young players.”

Nailor, as the only returning starter from last season’s 7v7 unit, took on the leadership role and organized the captain’s practices during the offseason, showed them different club teams and clinic options to which they could go. participate while trying to increase the popularity of the sport within the school by encouraging newcomers to discover the team.

Old Rochester's Maggie Nailor gets a shot despite Riley Lerrault of Apponequet's tight defense.

“I took the opportunity to give advice to the younger girls,” Nailor said. “I really sympathized with everyone. It’s the best team I’ve been a part of.

As the glue of the team, the rewards started sticking to Nailor at the end of the season. She ended her last college campaign winning the South Coast Conference Most Valuable Player award, while also being named the team’s MVP for the second consecutive season and two-time conference star.

And while her high school season may be over, Nailor recently returned from a field hockey showcase in Virginia. With his continued athletic career at Worcester State University next fall, Nailor knows that preparation for next fall begins now.

Maggie Nailor

ALL ABOUT MAGGIE NAILOR

WHY SHE WAS SELECTED: As the Bulldogs’ glue, you’d be hard pressed to find a better two-way player in the area than Nailor. Coaches across the region have raved about her ability to defend, transition and push the ball up the pitch to set scores for her teammates. His impact went far beyond the score of the box.

STATISTICS: 3 goals and eight assists

MOMENT MVP: While it was Nailor’s constant presence in midfield that stood out the most this season, the senior stressed that a non-conference game with Durfee was the game that stood out the most. She assisted on two goals in a physical and gritty victory over the Hilltoppers.

APPONEQUET COACH CINDY CUTHBERTSON: “When you have a quick break – a 2-to-1 or a 3-to-1 situation – she would always be out there ready to break it. She could defuse any races that we would have during the game.

OLD ROCHESTER COACH LAUREN O’BRIEN: “She’s very knowledgeable, and with a younger team this year, we really looked to her for her leadership and her ability to develop the game. She was very proud of it. “

REMARKS: She was voted South Coast Conference MVP this season. … Got a place in the 2020 Super Team as a junior. … Ended his Bulldogs career as a three-year college starter, two-time team MVP and two-time SCC All-Star. … Will continue to play college field hockey for Worcester State University next fall. … Planning a major in criminal justice and a minor in psychology in hopes of becoming a social worker. … Works part time at the Gulf Hill Dairy Bucket in Dartmouth. … Is the President of the American Field Services Club and the Treasurer of the Class of 2022.…. Would like to thank his parents as well as Coach O’Brien for their guidance and support over the past four years.

Catherine J. Martinez