Field hockey underclassmen take larger roles

By Robbie Loeb

Coming off a Mission League championship, the varsity field hockey team looks to repeat their successful campaign after last year’s 15-3 season. 

The first home game is scheduled against Newport Harbor tomorrow, and the first league game will be at Bonita High School on Sept. 27.

“We’re excited for the season and we’re going to go in ready to play and to win,” Kacey Wilson ’13 said.

Although losing key seniors from last year, such as Courtney Hazy ’11 and Rachel Hall ’11, the team will turn to its new seniors for leadership.

“The seniors are great leaders because they have experience playing on varsity,” Wilson said. “Jessica [Barzilay ’12] is a really good example because she’s a good athlete who works hard.”

Underclassmen may pave the way for the team’s success, however, as they will be key pieces if the team is to repeat as champions.

Six of 19 players on varsity are either freshmen or sophomores.

“Even though we lost a bunch of experienced seniors, we gained new players who will work hard to fill those roles,” Wilson said. “Maddie [Oswald ’15] is super-fast and has great endurance and Daniella [Grande ’15] is our goalie and has great reflexes. They can bring a new perspective because they’re freshmen on varsity.”

The team participated in the Gateway Classic Tournament in St. Louis last week.

Results were unavailable as of press time.