By Emma Fleming ‘22
On September 11, the Big Red varsity field hockey team started its season with a home opener win over Princeton Day School by a score of 6-3. After not playing a game against an opposing team in almost two years, Lawrenceville came out strong against a flexible Princeton Day School (PDS) team.
Big Red came out clearly eager to play, and scored three goals in just the first 10 minutes of play. This was followed by a fourth goal not long after, giving the team an early lead with plenty of game left. Three goals were scored by dynamic duo sisters Caitlin ‘23 (2) and Anna Hoover ‘24, as well as one by Bella Koch ‘22. Anna Gill ‘23 also was a major contributor in the first quarter by assisting the first two goals.
A resilient PDS team tried to make a comeback in the second quarter but Lawrenceville wouldn’t allow it. The team scored two goals on a competitive Big Red defense, but goalie Judith Van Dusen ‘23 did a great job keeping the game under control with five saves in the 15 minute period. The third quarter consisted of more of the same, with many back and forth strong drives from both teams. PDS scored one goal with a long shot into the back of the cage.
With the score within only one goal at the start of the fourth quarter, Big Red quickly shut down any type of PDS comeback. Lawrenceville came out strong, keeping control of the ball most of the quarter. The team had multiple strong drives and shots on goal, while spending a lot of time on the PDS side of the field. With only six minutes left in the game, Lawrenceville’s Anna Hoover scored a goal off the goalie's shin pads to put the team up by two. This was followed by another goal by her older sister, Caitlin, in the last minute of the game assisted by Gill.
Five of Lawrenceville’s six goals were scored by the Hoover sisters. Both forwards, the Hoovers did a great job of playing the ball off each other and finding a way to connect across the field. When asked about playing with her sister, Anna said, “We’ve been playing since we were little together. Since I was in kindergarten and she was in first grade, so we have this kind of chemistry. And it’s just so fun playing with her.”
In a post game interview, Head Coach Lisa Ewanchyna said, “I thought we had some great moments of passing and some really great moments of moving to the ball and picking things off by anticipating.” She said Big Red will focus this week’s training on improved defense. “Sports is not an exact science, there is always stuff that even the national championship team is gonna wish they could have done better in that game,” Ewanchyna said.
The season will be in full swing this week as the team plays three games in the next six days. After a September 14 game at Episcopal Academy, Big Red will return to its home turf to take on Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (September 17, 4:30 p.m.), then West Windsor-Plainsboro North (September 18, 2 p.m.).
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