Varsity Field Hockey battles in NEPSAC Tournament

On Wednesday, November 12, the Varsity Field Hockey team traveled over 150 miles to the Canterbury School to play their first round of the Class C New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Tournament. The Field Hockey team won against Canterbury with a score of 2-1 and moved on to the semi-finals. On Saturday, November 15, the Field Hockey team played Rivers and lost 0-3, ending their participation in the tournament.

Ms. Krista Falcone, English teacher and Field Hockey coach, states she is “extremely proud of our team and their accomplishments this season.” The Field Hockey team was unsure after their last season game if they were even going to enter the tournament. However, late on Sunday night, November 9, they found out that they were placed as the eighth seed, which is the lowest team in the tournament. Ms. Falcone says that, “For the team to have even made the tournament is an accomplishment because they only take the top eight teams in the class C division in New England.”

Dana Hall’s opponent, Canterbury, was placed as the first seed in the tournament. Since Dana Hall lost two years ago in the first round of the tournament, player Brooke Kennedy ’16 states that “it was really surprising to win our first game this year.” Kennedy was also the one who scored the winning goal in the Canterbury game in double over time, which she describes as “an indescribable feeling and utterly amazing.”

In the semi-final game against Rivers, goalie Alexandra Naddaff ’16 says, “we through we had a pretty good chance and we played very well. Rivers has a really strong team and are really fast because almost all of them are Hockey Players.” The Rivers team went on to play Proctor Academy and win 3-0, thus winning the tournament. Ms. Falcone said that “The fight we had against Rivers, who went on to win, is something that everyone on the team can be really proud of.”

Ms. Falcone goes on to say that, “Everyone on our team got better, everyone was willing to try new things, and everyone was willing to do what needed to be done. It doesn’t matter where you start the season; you can always end it by beating the number one seed in the New England Tournament.”

Photo credit: Krista Falcone.

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