Field hockey team earns wins; builds for future

Senior Ashley Barberio follows through after slapping the ball upfield.


            The field hockey season featured exciting wins against division opponents and a tie. While the players enjoyed these high points, they also plan to work to improve for the future.

            “A highlight of the season has been scoring the winning goal versus South Brunswick,” said senior Ashley Barberio. Barberio served as a veteran leader on the team and scored the one goal in the game against South Brunswick, which secured the team’s first win of the season.

            Freshman Ariella Lazoja says her favorite game of the season was “the game against Piscataway that we won 4-0.” Four different players scored goals in that game, including Lazoja and Isabel Duval, who also contributed an assist, and senior Emma Jorden, who added two assists.

            Duval, who led the team with four goals this season said, “another highlight would be when we tied Sayreville 1-1.” That game featured an unassisted goal by sophomore Karina Cracchiolo and four saves by senior goalie Megan Nelson to hold Sayreville off.

            While they enjoyed the victories and the tie, the players aim to improve. Outgoing senior Barberio has some advice for her teammates: “As a team we need to work harder in the off season and build chemistry on the field.”

            Duval, a junior, agrees that working together is a key to success: “Some things that we need to work on is looking up and anticipating where our opponents are going to go and also calling for the ball.”

Freshman Ariella Lazoja gets low to control the ball the ball in a tight dribble.

            Lazoja says the players need to “continue what we are doing and spacing out the field more. [Spacing the field] is important because when you are tight passing you don’t move the ball much.”

            With a few wins under their belts, and a clear understanding of what they need to do to improve, the team, which will return four of its seven goal scorers for next year, looks to build on this year’s successes moving forward.

Posted 12/14/21

Photos by Lors Photography

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