Scoring and leadership.

Senior forward Haley Ott plays to her strengths. And she’s off to a good start to her senior season.

One of four captains for the Lyndon Institute field hockey team, Ott scored the lone goal midway through the first half, on a feed from teammate Jamie Fenoff, and the Vikings went on to a 1-0 win over North Country in Saturday’s season opener.

“Haley is a great leader for us this year,” LI coach Roxanne Courser said. “We will look to her for a lot of scoring opportunities.”

It was a solid start for LI, which has reached the Division III semifinals in three of the last four seasons, including its first title in 2017, and is hoping to make another deep run in 2019. Ott is one of eight seniors this fall, as the Vikes return their top scorers and defenders from last year’s quarterfinalist team, along with a handful of underclassmen.

“I think we’re going to do well this season,” Ott said. “We work together well. We can definitely go far as long as we keep up the communication and teamwork that we’ve had so far.”

Ott, a third-year varsity field hockey player who has three younger sisters, also dances with the LI Dance Company and the Dance Workshop.

What does she love most about field hockey?

“I love the community I get to build with my team members,” Ott said.

Dream destination: Costa Rica

Favorite thing to cook: Baking blueberry muffins

Dream job: Interior design

One thing you can’t live without: Being active

Favorite person you’ve never met: Selena Gomez

Funniest teammate: Kelleigh Simpson

Best restaurant in town: P & H Truck Stop

Biggest fear: Letting my family down

What song makes you crank the volume: My house, Flo Rida

Best coach: Roxanne Courser

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