Field hockey ends season on senior night under the lights

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The field hockey team entered the last month of the season poised to make a run into the playoffs. They knew that tough competition awaited them, but the Wyverns were determined to make a valiant effort and leave everything on the field.

On Saturday, Oct. 26, the field hockey team traveled to Wilbraham and Monson School where they crushed the opposition, winning 8-0. This dominating performance was a great bounce back from a disappointing Hewett Day.

The wyverns traveled to Berkshire School on Monday, Oct. 28, where they lost a close 1-0 game. “We played a great game,” said Head Coach Nicole Blake. “We had some unfortunate calls against us that hurt us, but we never gave up.” This game, however, served as a springboard for the upcoming games as Kingswood Oxford would go on a three game winning strike.

On Wednesday, Oct. 30, Kingswood Oxford played host to Gunnery School where they won a 3-1 competition. Kingswood Oxford dominated for the entirety of this game and gave Gunnery School very few chances to score.

The Wyverns hosted Green Farms Academy on Saturday, Nov. 2, when they were able to shut out the opposition, squeaking by with a 1-0 victory. This was an overtime victory, and meant a lot to the field hockey team, especially after losing a recent game in overtime. Sophomore Alyssa Pavano scored the game-winning goal coming off a pass from junior Captain Ciara Chagnon. Sophomore Caitlin Budzik had one of her numerous shut-outs this season. “Caitlin Budzik has been awesome this season,” said Chagnon. According to Chagnon, Budzik is a big part to the team’s success this season.

The field hockey team had a resounding 4-3 win against Hamden Hall Country Day School on Monday, Nov. 4. “Allegra Kotowitz scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left,” said Co-captain Keegan McMahon. Kingswood Oxford handed Hamden Hall Country Day School one of its few losses this entire season.

The field hockey team hosted Suffield Academy on Friday, Nov. 8, under the lights for their senior day. This game came down to the final seconds, but the Wyverns fell just short, losing 2-1. Sophomore wing Katharine Doar scored the lone goal for Kingswood Oxford.

Coach Blake is very proud of her team. “We are doing great,” Coach Blake said. “We have a great record so the sky’s the limit for us right now.” Chagnon believes that the team’s chemistry in large part contributes to the team’s success. “We’ve really pulled together this year and won some big games because of it,” said Chagnon.

The field hockey team ended their season with a 12-5 record. They finished ninth in class B, meaning they just missed the playoffs by one spot. Nonetheless, the Wyverns had one of their most successful seasons in recent years.