RANDOLPH, NJ- While the end result of the game was not the outcome they had hoped for, the celebration of senior night was still a special evening for the Randolph girls lacrosse team.
“This group of girls brings a great balanced dynamic to our program,” said Coach Brittany Bryan. “They are hard-working and dedicated both on and off the field, as well as fun-loving with bonds of energy. All of their coaches have enjoyed seeing them grow into strong young women.”
The season has been a bit of a roller coaster for the Lady Rams, who have a record of 5-11 while playing in one of the tougher conferences in Northern NJ. But, that has not stopped them from giving their all every time the step on the field.
“These seniors have shown the underclassmen what it means to persevere and support each other,” said Bryan. “Playing against some of the top teams in the state can be intimidating, but this senior class showed that they have a lot of heart and love for this sport and their teammates.”
After the traditional pre-game ceremony in which the players are introduced with their parents, the girls took the field against a strong Bernards team who came in with a record of 10-3. The Mountaineers quickly took control and maintained the lead for most of the game, which ended in a 13-4 defeat for Randolph.
Despite the challenging season they have had, the bonds built among teammates battling together towards a common goal will last long after high school is over.
“Being part of the Randolph High School lacrosse program has had many benefits, such as the life-long friends, the talented coaches, and the opportunity to be part of a bigger team,” said senior captain Caroline Potter. “The friends I have made will continue to be there and support me throughout my life, as we have gone through highs and lows with each other that we haven’t endured with any other group of people.”
However, the most rewarding benefit of being part of a high school sports program often comes in the form of lessons learned that help in the next stages of life.
“Playing on this team has made us into better people, as I have learned how to be not only a follower but also a leader,” said Potter. “I am looking forward to seeing how I can use these skills learned from Randolph athletics to boost me in the professional world.”
Joining Potter as captain this season was fellow senior Kristine Lynch, who expressed her appreciation for all her teammates and coaches.
“To be selected as a captain my senior year has been amazing, it feels like a culmination of all the hard work and time I put into my lacrosse career,” said Lynch. “I’m so honored to work with such a great coaching staff and lead such a talented and special group of girls. It has been a great season because all of the girls are so willing to work hard and improve which are characteristics you really can’t teach.”
With only one game to go in the 2019 season, and for the seniors, in their RHS careers, many are reflecting on the many years of friendships made through the sport and in the Randolph school system.
“I will miss playing with the teammates that I have grown up with,” said senior goalie Belle Christ. “Even though I will continue to play Lacrosse at Goucher college next year, the friendships I have established at RHS have existed long before we ever walked onto these fields.”
Coach Bryan offered words to her seniors about their future as they prepare to move on to the next phase of life.
“My message to this group of girls is that it is easy to compare yourself to others, but everyone’s path is different,” said Bryan. “Stay focused and work hard in pursuit of your goals and dreams.”
Randolph will wrap their season on the road against Montville on Saturday May 11.