Staples Field Hockey Pummels McMahon in Successful Senior Night Game


Erin McGroarty, Staff Writer

The frigid temperature of 42 degrees couldn’t freeze the spirit of the Staples field hockey team as they took on Brien McMahon High School on Monday night. The Wreckers pulled off a 7-0 victory against McMahon, a perfect result for the 2015 Senior  Day.

The Wreckers started off with a high intensity that only increased as the game progressed, especially after Jodie Baris ‘16 was able to score the opening goal after relentless attempts by Jordan Ragland ’16 and Colleen Bannon ’17 in the first 12 minutes.

Baris described scoring the first goal in her senior day game as “the greatest thing ever.” Considering Baris is normally a goalie, her scoring the first goal as a field player was a great way to kick off the game and boost the confidence of the Wreckers.

Sophomore Abby Najarian ’18 assisted the second goal by Rachel Stanford ’16. Senior Skylar Klein ’16 put another ball in Brien McMahon’s net soon after, extending the Wreckers’ lead to 3-0 with just three minutes left in the half.

After about seven minutes of struggle and tough battles in the second half, Gabriela Vega ’18 was able to put away another goal, thanks to a beautiful cross from Rachel Stanford after the ball was fed to her by Sophie Smith ’18.

Staples senior goalie Carolynn van Arsdale wouldn’t allow any of McMahon’s few chances to surpass her. After a rapid fire of shots about a minute after Vega’s goal, van Arsdale was able to keep SHS at four goals ahead and maintain her shutout.

A pair of goals by captain Jordan Ragland ’16, along with one by Meghan Johnson ’18, extended Staples’ lead to 7-0 and concluded senior night on an exhilarating note.

“We were able to keep our level of play high and we scored a ton of goals,” reflected Baris, as she looked back on the satisfying 7-0 victory. “We were really ready to come out strong and play our best, and we played amazingly as individuals and as a team”.