Twins provide one-two punch for Collingswood

Twins Krista (left) and Shauna LaMaina are cocaptains for Collingswood. Krista is the Panthers' top goal-scorer, while Shauna anchors the defense.
Twins Krista (left) and Shauna LaMaina are cocaptains for Collingswood. Krista is the Panthers' top goal-scorer, while Shauna anchors the defense. (COURTNEY MARABELLA / Staff)
Posted: September 13, 2013

Collingswood field hockey coach Valerie Dayton has watched two sisters grow up through Collingswood's rec system.

Dayton first coached them when they were sixth graders and has seen them develop into star athletes at the high school level.

Krista and Shauna LaMaina, identical twins, have been starting together since their sophomore years. Now, they are co-captains for their senior season.

"One isn't bigger than the other," Dayton said. "They definitely work together, and have been with a lot of these kids for a long time growing up in this area. They are natural leaders in this group."

Krista LaMaina is a forward who led the team in goals last year, with 44. That put her three short of tying the program's career record of 75.

"My first goal is to break the school record, but to continue my success, we will need a team effort," she said. "I just want to make sure the team is ready whenever we have big games."

Dayton stressed that the LaMainas are equally important to the team despite Krista receiving more attention than Shauna, who plays center back and leads the defense.

"Shauna is a huge part of our team and the backbone to our defense," Dayton said. "She is a vocal leader and directs everyone. She even did it last year with a strong senior class around her."

The twins both said they have a defensive/offensive connection on the field. Krista scores goals, and Shauna helps prevent them from happening.

"As a defender, I can see the whole field, which means I can tell Krista where to go and where she needs to be," Shauna LaMaina said. "And it is the same with her, because when I'm on defense she is up the field looking back toward me."

Dayton graduated from Collingswood in 1989, and played lacrosse for the twins' mother, Stephanie LaMaina. Dayton has been close with the LaMaina family ever since she played for Stephanie and she has known Shauna and Krista for almost their whole lives.

"It's nice to have her as a coach because she is like our mom," Krista LaMaina said. "When we are having bad days, she encourages us to play better, and she's always been there for us.

"It's good that she knows where we are at and how competitive we are with each other.

The Panthers return five starters from last year's team, and both LaMainas and Dayton all believe they can be as competitive as they were last year, when they went 15-1 and won the Colonial Conference.

"I feel like we will be just as good as last year as long as we have the same excitement and drive, which I believe we do," Shauna LaMaina said.

The twins want to play field hockey together in college. Their choices have been narrowed to Arcadia, Albany, West Chester, and Drew.


Contact Ryan Hagerty at rallysports@phillynews.com.

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