First to 100: Greenfield’s Raegan Hickey reaches new plateau

  • Greenfield’s Raegan Hickey, shown here in last year’s postseason run against Mohawk, became the first player in program history to reach 100 career goals Tuesday. The senior netted a hat trick in her team’s 6-1 win over Smith Academy in Hatfield. STAFF FILE PHOTO


Staff Writer
Published: 9/18/2018 8:03:03 PM

There appears to be no feat too daunting for Raegan Hickey.

The Greenfield High School senior made history on Tuesday, becoming the first player in school history to reach 100 career goals in her team’s 6-1 win over Smith Academy in Hatfield.

Hickey enter Tuesday’s Valley League contest three goals shy of No. 100. After tallying twice, she finished off the hat trick with 17 minutes, 30 seconds remaining in the second half.

“I was actually trying to pass it to Audrey (Bresciano), but I accidentally hit it into the corner and it went through the goalie’s pads,” said Hickey with a laugh of her 100th career goal.

Hickey entered her senior season with 92 goals. Already the program’s all-time leading scorer, she started an exclusive club of one with the milestone.

“I knew I was three goals away (entering the game) but honestly, I didn’t think we’d beat (Smith) by that many goals so I wasn’t thinking about it,” she said. “But my teammates, they were really excited and they helped me get there. They’re all so supportive.”

Hickey became the first Franklin County field hockey player to score 100 goals since Pioneer’s Shea Healy did it in 2012.

“She’s just a kid who works hard, plays hard, does everything she can to help the team and it shows on the field,” Greenfield coach Erin Thayer said of Hickey. “To break the (scoring record at GHS) last year and then to be the first to score 100 goals, it’s a testament to her abilities. She’s an outstanding player.”

For a program steeped in tradition like Greenfield, being the first to do anything is unique and special. Hickey, who began playing field hockey in seventh grade, said thinking about the great players who have gone through the program makes the accomplishment all that more special.

“It means a lot, especially because players like Kelly Doton and Jill Putnam have come through here before me,” Hickey said. “There’s been so many good players at Greenfield.”

Hickey said that while she and her Green Wave teammates have many ambitions this season, notching her 100th tally was an early season target.

“Going into the season only 7 or 8 goals away, I definitely wanted to try and get it out of the way early in the season so there won’t be as much pressure going forward,” she said.

Thayer said that Hickey’s skills were on display immediately as a seventh-grader, though the coach wasn’t able to use her in a varsity game at the time. She immediately began contributing as an eighth-grader, becoming a star that helped Greenfield to back-to-back Western Massachusetts championships her sophomore and junior seasons.

“She’s just a very talented and disciplined athlete,” Thayer said. “And she started scoring early. Our numbers have been small for a long time so it’s not unusual to have eighth-graders starting, but she was immediately a big player and scorer. I knew as a seventh-grader that she was going to be a great player. If I could’ve used her on varsity that year, I would’ve.”

With 100 goals in the rearview, Hickey said her sights are now squarely focused on team success the rest of the way.

“Now we’re just looking to get to Western Mass. and get that three-peat,” she said. “Hopefully make a deeper run than we have before.”

After five years on varsity, Hickey said it’s a strange feeling to be in her last fall with the program.

“I can’t even believe we’ll be having a senior night for me and the other seniors this year. It’s crazy,” she said.

Greenfield improved to 3-0 on the season with the victory of Smith Academy, as Katie Haselton added two goals and Bresciano also tallied. Hickey and Olivia Joy notched assists, as the Wave took a 4-0 halftime lead.

Hickey next has a chance to add to her goal total Thursday with a road trip to play West Springfield at 7 p.m.

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