RANDOLPH, NJ- In the 2016 school year, three Randolph High School sophomores took a risk by starting a program that would soon change the lives of many. Now in its fourth official season, the Randolph Girls Ice Hockey team held their annual Senior Night for 2019-20, the first season without their three trailblazers.
This year, the team had five seniors - Victoria Olechowski, Julia DiCostanzo, Sydney Bordetsky, Rebecca Tieman, and Lauren Sieber.
On their special night, the girls invited their parents and relatives to the ice rink to help them celebrate a night like no other. While the seniors wrote up speeches thanking their special guests, the underclassmen greeted their assigned player with presents and posters. Gifts and flowers were handed out, along with a red carpet on the ice for the guests of honor to walk at the side of their designated senior while listening to the appreciation speech.
For the game, the girls played Kent Place, a private girls school located in Summit, New Jersey. Many of the players felt it was the best game yet; filled with thundering cheers, good play on the ice, and memories that will stay with the team forever. The stands were crammed with friends, family, and girls ice hockey supporters.
Even though the team walked away with a loss, the girls tended not to focus on the score but rather the time spent together on the ice. Captain, Lauren Sieber, stated
“As I sat on the bench throughout these 4 years watching my teammates wobble down the ice, I recognized that winning is not everything,” said captain Lauren Sieber. “With my other sports, the team saw the final score as a reflection of who we were as a team. But when I play with these girls, our achievements aren't the final score, but rather how we believed in ourselves, and in each other.”