North Kingstown natives Katie George and Olivia Supron are playing key roles as first-year players at the collegiate level, helping highly ranked field hockey teams to start their respective seasons on a roll.
George, who arrived at two-time defending national champion Middlebury via St. George’s, has wasted no time in cracking the Panthers’ lineup, leading the team with six goals, half of which came in a 5-1 decision over the University of New England on Sept. 8.
Before her hat-trick against the Nor’easters, George’s collegiate career got off to a flying start four days earlier, as she potted home her first marker at the next level late in the opening quarter of an 8-0 rout of Castleton.
Her most influential contribution thus far came against Bowdoin on Sept. 14, as she notched the only goal of the contest off a penalty corner early in the final quarter to give Middlebury a 1-0 triumph over the Polar Bears.
More recently, George capped off the day’s scoring with eight minutes remaining in Middlebury’s 6-1 upending of Connecticut College on Sept. 28 that helped the top-ranked Panthers maintain their perfect start to the campaign.
She has also found time to play the role of helper, setting up a pair of goals.
Further afield in Pennsylvania, North Kingstown alumna Supron is taking part in a historic start to the 2019 season for Bryn Mawr, who have glided to a program best 8-1 mark after a 3-2 double-overtime victory over Gettysburg this past Saturday.
The former Skipper has started all but one game for the Owls, pitching in with four goals and three assists during her time on the turf, opening her account with a brace in a 7-0 shutout of Hood on Sept. 2 while also taking a game-high ten shots.
In addition to finding the cage against the Blazers, Supron has also managed to get on the scoresheet versus Drew and Neumann, scoring against the latter 31 seconds into the second term in a 7-0 dismantling of the Knights.
The only blemish of the campaign for Bryn Mawr came on Sept. 21 against eighth-ranked Johns Hopkins, who raced out to a 4-0 lead on their way to dealing the Owls a 5-1 setback.
Next for Supron and her teammates is a pair of contests against Centennial Conference opposition, with Bryn Mawr taking on Muhlenberg on the road this Wednesday before returning home to play McDaniel three days later.
As for George, her Middlebury squad upped its record to 10-0 on the year via a narrow 1-0 victory over Bates last Saturday and will be looking to continue its 17-game winning streak dating back to last season this Saturday as the Panthers welcome Colby.
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