Coach Deb Savino said she’s never had someone quite like senior midfielder Sarah Barry in her many seasons leading the Charlotte Latin field hockey team. And that’s a very good thing.
“She is by far one of the best in the state – her stick work is unbelievable,” Savino said. “She could take over the game when she was determined enough, and that was more often than not.”
Barry led the Hawks to a 15-4 record and scored 15 goals and added 15 assists on the season, numbers that Savino said she’s never had a midfielder produce in her years leading the Latin and Country Day programs.
But Barry said it’s more than just the numbers or the accolades she’s won – including two all-conference awards, two all-state honors or the fact that she is the 2013 Carolina Weekly Newspaper Group’s Field Hockey Player of the Year – that she’s most proud of.
“I came in freshman year and didn’t play very much. To get to the captain role and be a leader on this team, that’s what I’m proud of,” Barry said. “It’s awesome to get to this point.
“I think the most exciting part was to see how my teammates have grown. To see some of my teammates and how far they’ve come this season. Personally, I’m proud of myself and I feel like I’ve been consistent and that I came out to play every game and did my best each game.”
And even though the Hawks fell one goal short in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association title game – falling 2-1 to rival Charlotte Country Day – Barry scored the lone Latin goal and said the season was still a huge success.
“The state championship was an awesome game,” Barry said. “It was tough to lose that but we played hard, we got to the championship game and I don’t think we have any regrets.”
As Barry graduates the program, after beginning as a freshman looking for playing time and leaving as the player of the year, she said she hasn’t yet decided whether she’ll play field hockey in college or not.
“Sarah is a D-1 player,” Savino said. “I don’t know if she wants to have field hockey run her (college experience), but she has the talent to play at that level.”
Either way Barry decides to go, she said she’ll look back on her high school career fondly.
“Coming into the year, we weren’t really sure how the dynamics of the team would work and how we’d all fit together. But we had a great season, we made it to the championship game against our biggest rival and I’m really proud,” Barry said. “I love playing and I have a lot of heart for the game, especially with my friends and teammates. I think we had a great year and I’m proud of how I played.”