by Victoria Sandolo, Staff Writer
On September 20, the girls’ Varsity field hockey team beat Brien McMahon 2-1. Senior captain Christina Groccia scored early in the game with an assist from junior Cambron Sharnsky. Then in overtime, with a score of 1-1, Sharnsky scored the tie-breaker, ending the game with a win to start the season.
Two days later on September 22, the game versus city rival Stamford High took place. Stamford scored in the first two and a half minutes, but there was still time for Westhill to recover. Seven minutes later, junior Tricia Sass scored Westhill’s first goal of the game, which sent the crowd roaring so loudly that the officials had to ask the fans to settle down. Shortly after, Stamford High scored two more goals, ending the game with a score of 3-1.
Even with the loss, the Varsity field hockey team has high expectations for this year and will have another chance to beat Stamford High later in the season. “It was an upsetting loss but many players stepped up, which can give us hope for the rest of the season. Overall, our team chemistry is really strong and we are trying to put the loss behind us as we continue to improve and hopefully beat Stamford High next time,” senior captain Katie Harrington said.
Like Harrington, Coach D’Angelo agreed that the team isn’t going to give up easily. “The game against Stamford High was a big loss, but we’ve had a few injuries which have limited how much time each girl who typically plays a full game can play, and depending on the recovery of those injuries, I think we’ll have a strong season. There is a possibility of changing coaches, so we’re just trying to adjust to the future,” D’Angelo said.
Photos by Zach Eisen, Photo Editor