Honesdale's varsity field hockey team suffered through a tough season last fall. Now, though, the Red & Black are back and ready to do some damage at both the league and district level.

On the heels of a disappointing 2010 season, the Lady Hornets are pumped up and ready to roll in 2011.

Honesdale managed just two wins in Wyoming Valley Conference field hockey action last fall; however, a repeat of that doomsday scenario seems highly unlikely this year.

“I’m very excited for the season,” Coach Becca Maciejewski told TWI Sports. “We bring back a bunch of girls with a great deal of varsity experience. I?can’t wait to get out there and see what we can do.”

Honesdale has already met with some pre-season success. The Lady Hornets have just returned from Lake Lehman where they rasied eyebrows with their stellar all-round play.

“Play Day was awesome!” Coach Maciewjeski exclaimed. “We more than held our own with some of the best teams in the region.”

The local lasses will be on the road for their first three matches this fall. The Red &?Black travel to Montrose on Tuesday, then visit Wyoming Seminary (Sept. 2)?and Hazleton (Sept. 6).

Honesdale’s home opener will be against perennial powerhouse Lackawanna Trail. That WVC?match is slated for a 4:15 start on Thursday, Sept. 8th.

At the forefront of the Lady Hornet attack this season will be four strong captains.

Mary Martin, Meghan Grady, Justine Firmstone and Mickey Johannes are poised to lead Honesdale to a winning season.

Martin is back at 100% after missing her sophomore season with a knee injury. Now a junior, Mary is champing at the bit to make up for lost time.

“Mary is such a fierce competitor,” Coach Maciejewski said. “Hers is the voice you always hear above everybody else. She’s a very vocal leader.”

Martin will play up front on offense. Her presence at center forward during Play Day created nightmares for enemy defenders.

“Mary probably scored a good three quarters of our total goals,”?Coach Maciejewski said. “She’s always going hard and she never seems to get tired.”

Firmstone has been part of Honesdale’s field hockey program for 10 years now.

Justine is a senior and one of the team’s toughest players. She has a torn ACL?and will have to use a brace all fall, but even that won’t slow her down.

This year, Firmstone will be playing left midfield.

“Justine is a very smart player,”?Coach Maciejewski said. “She’s good about getting her teammates going and she always hustles.”

Grady’s hallmarks are quickness and  consistency. Meghan wreaks havoc near the opposition cage

“The best part about Meghan’s game is that her stick is a magnet for the ball, especially up close,”?said Coach Maciewjewski.

Johannes was an unanimous choice as team captain. A junior, Mickey will be playing center-mid and center-back.

“Mickey is such a hard-working kid,” said Coach Maciejewski. “She’s always upbeat and positive and always trying to help out the younger players.”

In the Cage
Honesdale lost its starting keeper from a year ago, but Coach Maciejewski received a nice surprise when junior Nicole Cush stepped up and took over.

“Nicole already looks like she’s been there for years,”?she said. “It’s a very natural position for her.”

Leading scorer Desiraye Mack is back for her senior season and looking to add to an already impressive college resume.

In addition, Honesdale will start three freshmen this fall:?Stacey Hart (mid field), Megan Benson (right mid) and Bailey Martin (forward).