Franklin County natives Emma Wesoloski and Audrey Bresciano adjust to a season without field hockey at Springfield College

  • Springfield College’s Audrey Bresciano (left) watches action during a game against Bridgewater Sate in 2019. The sophomore from Greenfield scored four goals as a freshman before losing this fall to COVID-19. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Ben Barnhart

  • Springfield College junior Emma Wesoloski handles the ball during a game in her sophomore year. The former Frontier star started all 18 games for the Pride in 2019 before losing her junior year to COVID-19. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Ben Barnhart

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Published: 11/19/2020 5:55:58 PM
Modified: 11/19/2020 5:55:47 PM

Emma Wesoloski and Audrey Bresciano both played high school field hockey in Franklin County — Wesoloski for Frontier, Bresciano at Greenfield.

The two athletes were rivals for years, competing in three straight Western Mass. finals where Bresciano and her Green Wave teammates were the victors two out of three years.

Their rivalry was never anything more than friendly competition for some bragging rights. They knew each other through the friendship that their fathers shared.

Their time as opponents ended when Bresciano went to join Wesoloski at Springfield College, as the two became teammates instead of rivals. They have played together on the field hockey team at Springfield College for more than a year now.

“We’ve gotten so much closer than we used to be,” Bresciano said.

Bresciano is a sophomore at Springfield College and is majoring in business management with a plan to minor in marketing. Her freshman season as a member of the Pride was one she won’t forget.

“Freshman year was great,” Bresicano explained. “I had so much fun and I loved it.”

After playing a season in college, Bresciano realized that field hockey isn’t the same at the next level. The game is faster and more organized, and a big difference for her was also the fact that her team plays and practices on turf every day.

“Obviously in high school there’s not a lot of turf around here so we play on grass,” she said. “Playing on turf every day is such a huge change to me and I like it way better.”

Bresciano had high hopes for her second season, but due to COVID-19, the field hockey season, along with the rest of the fall slate at Springfield College was canceled this fall.

“I think this year we would’ve been really good. We had a lot of incoming freshmen that are pretty good,” Bresciano said.

Not playing a season was very tough for members of the Pride field hockey program. For Wesoloski, this was the first time ever missing out on a field hockey season since she started playing eight years ago.

“It was definitely difficult,” said Wesoloski, who is a junior sport management major. “It was mentally exhausting to have things canceled then scheduled then canceled again.”

Wesolsoki is hoping that things improve heading into her senior season. She said she realized the seniors on her team had it the worst.

“I was grateful that I wasn’t a senior. I think it was really difficult on them,” Wesoloski said.

Although it has been hard for Wesoloski to stay motivated, the fact that she still has one more season to go is a great reason for her to stay in field hockey shape.

“I focused on new ways to work out,” she offered.

This fall she has been doing a lot more lifting to stay in shape. The time off has given her the opportunity to focus on muscle as well as her endurance and speed.

The break from games has given the entire field hockey program at Springfield College time to work on their game and keep in shape. The team practiced three times a week and also had a day for lifting and a day for conditioning.

The team started off practicing in small groups so there wouldn’t be too many people around each other at one point. Eventually they were able to upgrade to full scrimmages until the college moved everyone to remote learning due to the number of coronavirus cases on its campus. The team is looking to get back to work in the winter with practices, scrimmages and lifts.

Fortunately for Wesoloski and Bresciano, they still have years left at SC to participate and help the Pride to the types of victories they the pair enjoyed during their high school days.

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