Girls Varsity Field Hockey roars through the season

Andrew Cassino, Staff Writer

Heading into the final stretch of their season with a 5-4 record, the Varsity Field Hockey team hopes to continue their success with victories in the upcoming games against Masters, the Brearley-Chapin Invitational, and the New York State Association of Independent School (NYSAIS) games.

They will face Masters on Friday, October 19, followed by the multi-team Brearley-Chapin Invitational. The opening round of NYSIAS will be on Monday, October 29th.

The NYSAIS games are especially important to the team because it gives them a final chance to face their opponents, Jolie Nelsen (10) said. Right now, co-captain Julia Roth (12) predicts that the team will be in the fifth, sixth, or seventh seed. Being in the fifth seed would be ideal for the team because then they would play against the fourth seed, Nelsen said.

The team is mostly underclassmen, Coach Surhoff said, although there are four returning starters from last season. She added that four ninth graders have taken on responsibility of playing in intense games. “I am excited for these girls and their progression in field hockey through the coming years,” she said. Coach Surhoff added that the team is supportive and cooperative of each other.

Similarly, co-captain Katie Goldenberg (12) credits the team’s success to teamwork. “We always make sure to look up and communicate on the field,” she said.

“The team has had amazing wins,” co-captain Julia Roth (12) said . The most memorable game of the season for Roth was the team’s Homecoming game, when they had a win against Fieldston in overtime to wrap up at 4-3. “The energy and the determination of the team was especially prominent because it was Homecoming,” Roth said.

Roth also said that the field hockey experience is enhanced by friendships among teammates, both on and off the field. The strong leadership by returning players is complemented by the enthusiasm of the team’s many underclassmen, and the friendships are fluid between teammates in different grades.

To incorporate the underclassmen, the team created mentoring groups, and assigned one upperclassman to practice with younger players to help improve their skills, Goldenberg said. In her fourth year on the team, Goldenberg feels that it is rewarding to serve as captain, after having senior role models whom she had looked up to previously. “It’s nice to get to know people from different branches of the community,” she said.