CRANFORD, NJ - More than $300 was raised during a field hockey game between the current CHS varsity team and alumni on Nov. 25 at Memorial Field.

The money, raised through a $20 fee for each alumnus, will be donated toward the field hockey program to purchase new uniforms and equipment.

Sixteen alumni and 11 current players faced off, ultimately resulting in an alumni victory of 3-1.

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Morgan Dow, assistant varsity coach and middle school coach, set up the game and gathered alumni to participate. Dow, who graduated from CHS in 2011,  said, “I really wanted to do this as a way to unite everyone who’s been a part of Cranford field hockey, whether they’ve graduated 25 years ago or just last year.”

The game was self-reffed, meaning the players held themselves accountable to the rules, and fiercely competitive. At one point, varsity head coach Samantha Berk joined the current Cougar team in an attempt to even out the teams.

“It was so much fun to play with the alumni and see how much they really care about the Cranford program,” senior varsity captain Laura Feeney said. “It’s really amazing to be a part of such a tight-knit community.”

In past years, the alumni game has occurred sporadically, but there had been no push to make it an annual program. Dow hopes to change this, expressing her own desire to keep this running each year.

“Because it’s such a great way to keep everyone involved in the program, I really hope that we can continue to do this annually,” Dow said.

Feeney agreed.

“I really look forward to coming back after graduating and playing in the game,” she said. “It’ll be a way to come back to my roots even after I leave the high school this year.”

Kat Ruane is a high school student participating in a journalism program with TAPinto Cranford.