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Hayleigh LeTourneau of Newfound: Field Hockey Player of the Season

  • Newfound’s Hayleigh LeTourneau gets a hug from Tiffany Doan (center) as the team leaves the field after defeating Mascoma at the Division III field hockey championship at Bedford High School on October 29, 2017.

  • Newfound’s Hayleigh LeTourneau (14) protects the ball against Gilford’s Julie Auld during the Division III field hockey semifinals. Newfound won the game en route to its first state championship since 2009. LeTourneau was also named the Division III Player of the Year. ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff



Monitor staff
Friday, December 15, 2017

If you’re checking the stat sheet for Hayleigh LeTourneau, don’t expect to see any flashy numbers. That’s not her game. If you’re watching LeTourneau on the field, don’t expect to see any jaw-dropping goals. That’s not her game either.

What LeTourneau does best – fundamentals, positioning and a high-motor defensive focus – goes beyond the box score. And it’s one of the biggest reasons for the Newfound field hockey team’s success this season.

“Her stats aren’t the full impact of what she does,” Newfound coach Karri Peterson said of LeTourneau, the Division III Player of the Year . “She is our anchor on our defensive end and basically just held it down and kept the ball from going in our goal area.”

Anchor may even be an understatement.

Alongside Hannah Eastman, Mackenzie Ryan and goalie Montana Bassett, LeTourneau and the Bears allowed just six goals all year en route to an undefeated 17-0 season and their first state championship since 2009.

Newfound outscored opponents 67-5 – including nine shutouts – during the regular season and continued that tear into the tournament where the Bears allowed just one goal before taking home the D-III crown with a 2-0 blanking of No. 10 Mascoma Valley.

“(LeTourneau) is a great player. She’s really developed over the four years and she had a great season,” Peterson said. “Things she’s done in the past where she was nervous and you weren’t 100 percent sure what you were going to get in the big games, this year she was always there in the games. She was consistent in everything that she did.”

As one of the main pieces to an overpowering defensive back line, LeTourneau finished the year with eight assists, one goal and a defensive save. That clamp-down defense for the Bears allowed two goals through the first month of the season, and rattled off five straight shutouts from Sept. 13 to Sept. 27.

“There’s a lot of things she’s known for as a player and she was definitely one of the cogs back there that kept the other teams from scoring,” Peterson said.

While LeTourneau’s time with the team came to an end at the conclusion of the Division III state title game, her field hockey career is just getting started.

LeTourneau will attend Keene State College next fall and play under coach Amy Watson, who led the Owls to the Little East Championship and a berth to to the NCAA Tournament this fall. Before that, LeTourneau and teammate Jasmine Peterson will get the chance to attend an elite-level 10-day camp in Amsterdam over the summer.

“Hayleigh’s a phenomenal player and she’s going to do phenomenal things in college,” Peterson said. “I think it was a building and growth year for her as far as confidence goes and she did a lot of good things this year preparing for that.”