Tigers strong early on

17 years ago

After a 3-12 campaign in 2006, the Fort Fairfield Tigers are looking to come back strong this fall. Early indications are positive as the Tigers have already picked up three victories and a tie in their first four games.     “Last year, we were a very young team and struggled scoring goals,” said third-year coach John Ala. “This year’s team gained a lot of experience from last year and we have a lot of individual skill. So far, the players have been very focused and team-oriented.
“I’m very pleased with the level of effort in practices and the gains we have made already this season.”
The Fort Fairfield starters include Austin Dufour in goal, veterans Otis Edgecomb and Andrew Forsman on defense, joined by freshmen Travis Noyes and Nate McLaughlin; midfielders Cody Closson, Ryan Noyes, Graham Jenkins and Pat Kinsey; and forwards Josh Booth and Josh Churchill.
Both Dufour and Ryan Noyes are back after not playing in 2006.
Jordan McLaughlin, Jeremy Dillon, Cameron Hazelton, Josh Churchill and Brandon Doughty are other returning players who will add to the Tigers’ depth, while Drake Leighton and Kenny Martinez are freshmen reserves.
Matt Tompkins is the manager, while Mark Dillon and Todd Alley serve as assistant coaches under Ala.
“Our success will depend on how well our players mesh together and buy into our team goals,” Ala said.