North Branford field hockey looks to defend state title

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The high school field hockey season starts this week and North Branford is one of three teams looking to defend a state championship.

The T-Birds have a legendary head coach and plenty of talent coming back. 

After capturing the 2017 Class S Championship and the Shoreline title last year, the North Branford girls field hockey team knows all eyes are on them heading into the upcoming season. 

“It’s definitely difficult because you have such a big target on your back,” said Kaylee Velez. “Right now we’re just focusing on being the best that we can be and we have faith that our team will do the best that they can, hopefully come home with two other titles.”

“Last year after coming off of an undefeated season, winning Shorelines and States, there’s a lot of stress coming into the season,” said Jordan Regan, Captain. “There’s a lot of pressure, but as long as we stay as a team, as a whole. A lot of team bonding, it’s important to us.”

That core value is also their biggest strength. 

“It’s definitely the unity,” said Velez. “from the beginning, we’ve always focused on team unity and we’re a big group, but we’re really close with each other.”

“Well, I’m a no drama mama kind of person and I don’t care if you are coaching a men’s sport or a woman’s sport, there’s no room for any individual selfishness,” said Babby Nuhn. “You have to put the team first.”

Nuhn earned coach of the year honors after leading the program to its fourth state title. But her impact is felt well beyond the field. 

“Oh it’s incredible, she’s such a great coach, always motivating, always teaching us new things,” said Velez. “Like it’s my fourth year and everyday I learn something new about the sport and about being a good person in general. 

“My whole life, it has been i don’t want to go to a different school because i want to go play for Babby Nuhn and it’s everything that i could ever expect,” said Amy Raucci. “She can teach you more than just field hockey. She’s taught me life lessons, school lessons, everything you could every thing of. She’s phenomenal, she’s the best coach I’ve ever had in my life.”

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