Squad down in first round of playoffs

Squad down in first round of playoffs

Stick it: Phaedra Robinson runs down the field in the Wolverine's game against Huntington Beach. Credit: Carina Marx

Following last year’s trend, the field hockey team lost to Newport in overtime in the first round of playoffs Oct. 27, ending its postseason early.

“Honestly, we should’ve won,” forward Emma Wasserman ’16 said. “We played really well and almost scored in the final minutes, but we couldn’t finish it.”

This was the squad’s third time losing a game in overtime while carrying a lead through most of regulation.

The team, made up of primarily young players ended its season with a 5-3 league record, and a record of 7-9-1 overall.

The squad progressively was able to play as a more cohesive team, helping it pull off a 10-0 win against Louisville Sept. 24, a 4-0 win against Chaminade Oct. 8 and against Glendora Oct. 24. The Glendora game sticks out in the memories of the girls the most.

“I really wasn’t sure that we’d win,” Wasserman said. “I knew that we were good enough to do it but was very anxious because I knew so many people would be there.”

The girls attribute their success on that day to taking energy from the crowd and letting that drive their gameplay.

The team will only lose four seniors for next year, but this includes Wasserman, who was the leading scorer during her freshman and sophomore seasons and added much needed skill to the group and its plays.

There will only be five seniors next year, and the team will continue to be driven by its younger players. However, Creznic believes that since the younger members of the team got a lot of playing time this year, they will be able to perform at much higher levels when they need to.

The JV team had a record of 6-3-2 overall and 4-1-1 in the league. While the varsity team has lost to Newport twice, JV tied Newport once.

The success of this team bodes well for the success of the varsity team next year, when some of the better players will strengthen the squad.

 

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