Varsity Field Hockey Keeps Their Eyes on the Ball

By Mia Dittrich

The Byram Hills field hockey team played the first of four homecoming games under the lights against the Pelham Pelicans on Wednesday, September 26th. The stakes were high as the girls and spectators knew that this game would be tough. Although the Bobcats lost 3-0, the atmosphere on the turf was electric.

The team was particularly excited for this game because it was the first Byram home match at night. Not even the high prediction of stormy weather could keep the school spirit at bay, as members of the varsity football, soccer, and cheerleading teams supported their fellow Bobcats. This turnout was heartwarming and certainly a great motivation to the team, especially since field hockey has been one of the more under-supported sports at Byram Hills.

According to team captain Ellen Amico, “Pelham is known for being very fast and skilled with the ball. So it was a challenge mentally because [she] knew [they] needed to go into the game feeling confident,” and this confidence certainly showed. While Pelham came out strong, the Bobcats were able to hold them off with fierce defensive plays. In fact, goalkeeper Kathryn Eisenhower, who is a LoHud Player of the Week nominee, made 11 saves.

Additionally, captain Olivia “Lucy” Gordon said that “It was awesome to have the support of other teams and friends. This was definitely a game [she] will remember for the rest of [her] life, and it was an incredible experience.” This game definitely set a high precedent for the homecoming games to come, and the field hockey team is hopeful that the excitement from this game will carry them through a successful season. Go Bobcats!