SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- While some more established sports such as soccer and football have been in the spotlight of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School’s athletics for decades, a new winning team is quickly making many take notice.

Girls field hockey, which has only been in existence for four years, is proving itself to be a standout, coming off two triumphant wins against powerhouses Westfield and Cranford.

“We have had a great start in our first home game and the win was a confidence booster that we all needed,” said senior returner Erin Lay. “Although we have a lost a few games, we have applied our corrections to the following games, and continue to surprise teams. We beat Westfield and Cranford, something the team and coaches were ecstatic about.”

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Head coach Alexandra Neidig is responsible for bringing the sport to town and launching the program with a team of middle schoolers willing to try the new high school sport at SPFHS.

“I started this program with about 20 middle schoolers,” Coach Neidig said. “Now, we currently have two middle school teams and a JV and varsity team and have tripled our numbers.”

This season’s team is also equipped with strong returners including senior midfielder Erin Lay, and defender Cassidy Novela. There’s also strong returning underclassmen, most notably junior defender Erica Shug and sophomore mid/ defender Meagan Bourke.

“Our key returners have been doing a great job leading our team,” said Coach Neidig. “Senior midfielder Erin Lay has had either a goal or an assist every game so far and our newcomer Bridget Ennis currently leads our team in goals, scoring five so far this season.”

Underclassmen are also playing an important role including Ennis and freshman defender Ali Murphy, promising a competitive team for 2020 and beyond.

Coach Neidig also attributes the season’s success to her two assistant coaches, Sarah and Virginia Webber. “ I am so grateful for my two assistant Coaches Sarah and Virginia Weber,” Coach Neidig said. “The three of us have put a lot of work into this program, and we are so happy and honored to be able to coach these girls. We really do have a great team!”

The team’s most recent win was on Saturday against Newark Academy by a score of 1-0 on a score by Cassidy Novello. 

Emilia Saccento had eight saves in the shutout. Scotch Plains-Fanwood (6-3) has won three games in a row.

Varsity Field Hockey Roster 2019
Meagan Bourke (gr. 10)
Liv Calcaterra ((gr. 11)
Haley Cino (gr. 11)
Abby Conklin (gr. 11)
Brenna DeProspero (gr. 10)
Bridget Ennis (gr. 10)
Jamie Frank (gr. 11)
Cece Kelly (gr. 10)
Erin Lay (gr. 12)
Jenna Lee (gr. 10)
Ali Murphy (gr. 9)
Cassidy Novello (gr. 12)
Sophia Novello (gr. 10)
Emilia Saccento (gr. 10)
Erica Schug (gr. 11)
Allie Serio (gr. 11)
Olivia Stahley (gr. 9)
Maya Viscardi-Carelse (gr. 9)
Julia Zambrio (gr. 10)

Cara Argila (gr. 9)
Camila Cabrera (gr. 10)
Isabella Calamusa (gr. 9)
Omaya December (gr. 10)
Isabella DeCrosta (gr. 9)
Sara Feeney (gr. 9)
Dylan Klein (gr. 10)
Alisa Lamastra (gr. 9)
Meg Lavin (gr. 11)
Olivia Linderman (gr. 10)
Rachel Manette (gr. 10)
Emma Nitti (gr. 10)
Sophia Paleski (gr. 9)
Kaylee Ross (gr. 10)
Abbie Sapira (gr. 9)
Isabela Segarra (gr. 9)
Morgan Switsky (gr. 10)
Chelsey Tang (gr. 9)
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