BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- When a COVID-19 outbreak forced a school shutdown, the Governor Livingston Field Hockey season was cut short. Despite a delayed start to the season, which began in October, the team, captained by seniors Abigail McLaughlin, Madison Young, and Emma Priore. eased into the new regulations to end the season 3-5.
The abrupt end to the season was an upsetting development for the seniors, many who weren't able to play their respective sports in the spring season.
Senior Caitlyn Dougherty said she'll miss the camaraderie and the support the athletes gave each other on the field. “I’ll definitely be sad when it’s over, but I’m really grateful that we had the chance to play a season this fall.”
Young said, “I love being on the GL team because we have such a loving community. Throughout my years of playing GL Field Hockey, everyone has always been a big family on and off the field.”
The team started strong winning their first two games against Livingston and Mt. Saint Dominic, but fell to Newark Academy, Union, Cranford, and Mount Saint Mary. Then they went on to beat Cranford in the first round of the Union County Tournament, but falling to Scotch Plains-Fanwood in the quarterfinals.
Young, Priore, senior Mia Maguire, and junior Julia Zuzovksy each recorded a goal. Junior goalie Sasha Rtitshchev had eight saves for a season total.