Athletes of the Week Nov. 22

November 22, 2019
Reagan Ciabattoni

This Cape sophomore can run and have fun better than anyone on a hockey field. She is quick and angular and aggressively unapologetic. In her freshman year, she played defense and never came off the field. If she got beat or made a mistake, no one can remember it. Cape completed that season 17-1 with a state title and 16 shutouts. This season, she moved up to the midfield. Her name does not always appear in the box score for goals and assists, but her opponents know what’s up, so it’s no surprise Reagan was named to the first-team all-state squad. “We really missed her and Emily [Monigle] when they were hurt,” said coach Kate Austin. “They are two of the best midfielders in the state.” Reagan had two green cards in the semifinals. When asked about them, she simply responded with a smile. 

Sam Connors

As a midfielder coming down the left side, whatever it is that this Cape sophomore does, you can bet she does it well. A smart, skilled and crafty player, Sam is the injector on corners and the most dangerous person on the field after the ball is in play. In the semifinals against Polytech Nov. 14, Sam found a grounded ball amidst sticks, shins and shoe tops, and shot it into the cage far post for a 1-0 lead with 11:12 left in the first half. The goal held up, and Cape moved on to the finals. Then with the Vikings clinging to a 1-0 lead in the state championship final, Sam reached back for a ball and called her own name, sending it home for a goal with 1:38 left to play to secure Cape’s 2-0 victory and another state championship. Sam will be playing in the National Hockey Festival in Tampa this weekend for Jodi Hollamon’s Shorebyrds Club team.

Noelle Sabbagh

Coaches call her Noll and encourage the sophomore striker to just roll down the right side of the field. In the hockey finals her freshman year, Noelle scored the first goal of the game against Padua just 3:40 into the game as Cape went on to a dominating 5-0 win. In this year’s final Nov. 16, with the clock winding down in a scoreless game, it was Noll yet again. She had been aggressively pesky the entire game and finally poked home a goal with 12:51 left in the game. It’s not often that “huge goal” is an understatement, so perhaps “Noll Goal” has a nice ring to it. Noelle will take some downtime and run hurdles for the indoor track team. After watching her celebration leap, track coach Tim Bamforth said, “I’m going to try her in the long jump.” 

Cami Smith

Cami, a senior, was voted the 2019 field hockey Player of the Year for Division I. “Cam Bam” is a finisher and Cape’s leading scorer the last two seasons, the energy behind three straight Division I state titles. Going back to the 2017 state title win over Sussex Tech, then-sophomore Cami had the winning goal at 40:54. In 2018 in a 3-0 semifinal win over Polytech, Cami had two goals. This season, everyone learned that Cami is not an opportunity knocks scorer, but more like a knock the front door down and run over you and your dog player inside the circle. In the semifinals against Polytech, she earned two green cards in a 1-0 game. Cam just went and sat for two minutes, then came back out and kept cranking. A great career started with tears when Cape lost in the quarters, but it ended in tears of joy when Cape won in the finals for the third straight year.