Meghan Richer was devastated her freshman year when she was sidelined in the middle of her first high school field hockey season because of a fractured ankle. Richer was determined to come back healthy before the season’s end.
After hobbling on crutches for a month, Richer did physical therapy and made it back for the end of the season, when she helped Harwich, which merged this year with Chatham to become Monomoy Regional high, get to the Division 2 South Sectional final. She finished her short season with an impressive 13 goals and eight assists.
Now a senior, Richer has continued to dominate on the field. Last week she became the first player in Monomoy school history to score 100 goals.
Richer had 98 goals going into last week’s game against Norwell and put four between the pipes. Her career total now stands at 105.
“What stands out to anyone is Meghan’s effort,” said Monomoy coach Cheryl Poore. “She’s incredibly coachable and such a gem.”
Richer started playing field hockey in seventh grade, attending a camp run by Poore. She grew up playing soccer but made the switch after her mother Susan, who also played field hockey, convinced her to try the sport.
“I went to the camp [Poore] ran in seventh grade and never turned back,” said Richer.
By now most teams know of Richer’s ability to find the net, usually assigning two or three girls to cover her. Despite facing double- and triple-teams, Richer is able to get the job done.
“I never find myself open,” she said. “I give credit to my teammates. They work so hard to get it to me. I’ve worked hard on my stick skills so I can get by three defenders.”
Poore said it’s great to have a veteran leading the forward line.
“Meghan’s a great passer. We’ve got a young forward line and she’s setting up some beautiful shots so it’s not all about her taking the ball in and shooting,” Poore said. “But she’s the type of player that can break away and launch it in from the top of the circle. She’s got a great hit on corners. She’s got a variety of shots. That’s why she’s scored so much.”
As for Harwich and Chatham combining to become Monomoy, Richer said it’s been great.
“It’s worked very well. We got a lot of good girls,” she said. “It doesn’t feel like two towns anymore, just one team.”
With their 9-1 win over Hull last week, the Sharks qualified for the postseason. Richer said the team’s goal is to win the South Shore League and then go for more. Harwich never won a state championship and she would like to change that for Monomoy.
She added, “I just love the sport, being able to dodge people and get around them is the best thing. I love the team dinners and the cheers we do. Coach pushes us hard, but in the end it’s such a reward.”