LAFAYETTE, NJ - Last month at the Lafayette House restaurant and banquet hall, the Sparta Field Hockey team officially closed out their 2017-2018 fall season. Recognizing the hard work the girls put in beginning in early August, the team and their family members enjoyed a plentiful brunch and dessert buffet while awards were presented, memories were happily recounted, and a slideshow, courtesy of senior defender Lauren Zanetakos, was projected for all to see.
Maria Strongilos, Alexis Gudenkauf, Lauren Zanetakos, goalie Angela Elzind, and captains Hope Nafis and Jillian VanFleet, all graduating Varsity seniors, were awarded with blankets embroidered with their jersey number as well as numerous accolades including the Coach’s Award presented to Alexis Gudenkauf and scholarship awards from the field hockey booster club.
With a large number of graduating seniors with starting positions on the field, the team’s success for next year's season now lies with the returning Varsity underclassmen: Sophomores Kenzie Merwin, Lauren Groff, Taylor Canfield, Allie McGuire, Audrey Krajicek, Stephanie Villar, and Ashley Nyhan. There are only three returning Varsity Junior players on the team, all of whom were named Senior captains for the 2018-2019 season: Caroline Kepler, Isabella Tracy, and Lucie Wolfson.
Though it may be a difficult building year ahead, Lindsley and her girls know better than anyone else in the Patriot League how to keep their heads up and keep working hard.