Holderness School

Field Hockey Finishes a Fantastic Fall

Maxfield Paro '17
Entering the 2019 season, the Holderness varsity field hockey team knew they had the potential to make a deep run in the NEPSAC Class C Playoffs.  Five members of this year’s team, Macy Arsenault ‘20, Gwen Bowler ‘21, Olivia Branch ‘20, Andrea Reynolds ‘20, and Madison Roth ‘21, were part of the team that raised the trophy in 2017.  With Arsenault, Branch, and Reynolds named tri-captains for the season, the Bulls had a leadership core that knew what it took to win and pushed the team to excel in challenging moments.
The girls brought fierce competitive energy with them whenever they stepped on the field.  Never fazed by mistakes, they coolly handled whatever the opposition threw at them, patiently waiting for an opportunity to seize momentum and torch the competition’s defense with their offensive firepower.  Trailing 3-1 after conceding a goal midway through the second half against Lakes Region rival New Hampton, Andrea brought the team into a huddle to regroup. The Bulls returned to their positions with steely-eyed confidence. For the next fifteen minutes, New Hampton couldn’t keep up with the Holderness attack, only managing to clear midfield a handful of times.  The girls drove ball after ball into the Huskies’ circle, creating countless scoring opportunities. Andrea jumpstarted the offense, capitalizing on a corner to pull within one. With only minutes remaining, the Bulls once again found themselves lined up for a corner. A quick shot on goal left a loose ball bouncing in front of the net. Grace Farley ‘22 corralled the ball and centered a no-look pass to Alia Piccinni ‘21 who buried the tying goal, forcing overtime.  In overtime, the girls picked up right where they left off. Less than a minute into the period, Andrea sent a long ball towards the goal where Emma Reynolds ‘22 redirected the ball past the New Hampton goalie and across the goal line to complete the comeback.
 
When asked about the season’s highlights, Macy Arsenault pointed to the team’s growth: “At the beginning of the season, our team was still new and in our first Lakes Region game against Proctor, we tied 1-1. The team improved drastically, and by the end of the season, we beat Proctor 6-1.”  That 6-1 win over Proctor capped off a strong run for the team as they ended their regular season, winning seven of their final eight games and claiming the #2 seed in the NEPSAC Class C Tournament.  

An unfortunate draw forced the Bulls to travel to Deerfield for a neutral site quarterfinals matchup with Green Farms Academy. An ill-starred bounce off the post turned a harmless ball into an easy score for Green Farms, leaving the Bulls trailing 1-0 with two minutes left in the first half.  However, not ten seconds elapsed before Andrea Reynolds wound her way through the entire Dragon’s defense and stunned the opposition with an incredible solo effort to tie the game going into halftime.  The team put on a defensive clinic in the second half making it near impossible for GFA to get anything going in their offensive half. A long ball into the circle found the stick of Phoebe Fisher ‘23 who located the back of the net. This gave the Bulls the lead, and they advanced to the semifinals to replay their 2017 finals match against Ethel Walker.  

Although they were the higher seed, the team once again had to play on foreign turf and traveled to Northfield Mount Hermon to take on the Ethel Walker Wildcats.  A chilling wind swept across the field as the game began. Like the previous game, the Bulls found themselves trailing after Walker’s managed to poke a ball past Holderness goalie Emilija Jakumaite ‘20. And again,  Andrea Reynolds ‘20 evened the score with six minutes left in the first half when the Bulls earned a penalty stroke. Stepping up to the line, she slotted the ball perfectly into the left corner. In the next thirty minutes of play, both teams had scoring opportunities but neither were able to capitalize.  With six minutes on the clock, Ethel Walker broke the deadlock. The girls threw everything they had at the Walker’s goalie but were unable to close the gap. The buzzer sounded, and the final score read 2-1 in favor of Ethel Walker. 

Although their season “ended earlier than we had hoped,” Macy Arsenault recalls a competitive season “filled with fun and excitement.”
 
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