RANDOLPH, NJ- It took 15 games for the Randolph Field Hockey team to earn their fourth and final win in 2019. The Lady Rams are only five games into the 2020 season and are boasting a clean slate, having just earned win number five with a 6-1 victory over Sparta.
“It feels great to get another win, as all the inexperience we had last year is paying off,” said coach Gina Adickes. “The players are committed, and some are even looking to play in college now. They are playing in the off season which I think has made a huge difference.”
Part of the winning streak has been due to the stellar play of the Randolph defense and goaltending so far this season.
“Our goalie is back for her second year which is nice; having varsity experience is important in field hockey,” said Adickes. “Our defense is getting stronger each day, but we still must learn to play together and protect our feet. I think with time they will gain more confidence to avoid fouls. Our defense is led by Jordan Saybe, Ava Swayer and Katie Lachanski.”
After collecting four straight shutouts to start the year, the Lady Rams gave up their first goal of the season against Sparta.
It was a bit of a shocker too, as Randolph had dominated possession and spent almost the entire first quarter in the offensive end of the field. Sparta’s first opportunity late in the quarter ended up in the Rams net for a 1-0 lead.
But that lead didn’t last long. Junior Sara Bona evened the game up just seconds before the first quarter buzzer sounded, and it was all Rams from there as they poured on five more goals - two in the second, one in the third, and two in the fourth to run away with the game.
“This year our team chemistry and knowledge of the game has improved significantly,” said Bona. “We have a much better understanding of working as a team and playing together as a unit, which is definitely showing in our results.
Sarah Dickson scored twice, while Anna Stock, Mia Cozza, and Kara Wilson all added one goal apiece. The success has certainly given the team high hopes for what lies ahead the rest of the fall season.
“The mood of our team with this great start has definitely been a lot more positive and filled with excitement, due to the great intensity and success so far.” Said Bona.