RANDOLPH, NJ- The Randolph varsity field hockey team knew the opening stretch of their 2019 schedule would be a difficult one. Having faced four teams with a combined record of 11-4, including two powerhouse teams in West Morris and Montclair, they just narrowly missed their first win when they faced Morristown on Thursday Sept. 12.
“We've been working on team chemistry, because we are having a hard time connecting on the field,” said head coach Gina Adickes. ““We've been playing with formations, and seeing who belongs where. We have some really gifted girls and if we can put it all together we will do some great things.”
After a hard fought season opener that ended in a 3-1 loss to Mendham, two big losses to perineal powers West Morris and Montclair followed. Sarah Bona scored the lone goal against Mendham, assisted by Lexi Campbell. Despite the final score the chances were relatively even as shots on goal were 13 – 10 in favor of the Minutemen.
Against Morristown, the Rams found themselves in another close battle, going into OT scoreless before falling 1-0 on a goal with just over two minutes left.
“I know I left the Morristown game with a lot of hope of what they can accomplish if they play together and start trusting one another,” said Adickes. ““We are just not ‘there’ yet and yesterday's game was definitely the game we needed to win because we played so well - ‘together’. I think we are coming close!”
Randolph plays again Saturday Sept. 14 against Morris Knolls