Nine seniors pace Wreckers to win on senior day


Photo by Ethan Frank '20

Staples Kyle Kirby ’20 shoots in the first half of a game against Trumbull on Oct. 10. Kirby scored three goals for the Wreckers in their 5-0 win.

Nine seniors started their senior day game on Thursday, Oct. 10 and led the team to a 5-0 victory over Trumbull. 

The Wreckers got on the board with 14:30 left in the first half on a goal by Kyle Kirby ’20. They had a lot of missed opportunities in the first 15 minutes, including three missed corner penalties, but stout defense kept Trumbull off the scoreboard.

“We were excited about it being senior day, and we panicked a little bit and wanted to score,” Maisie Dembski ’20 said. 

After getting the first goal, the Wreckers gained momentum. In the last 10 minutes of the first half, the usual starters started pushing the pace for the Wreckers offense. Staples had a 1-0 lead at halftime, but after getting some time to calm down the seniors’ nerves, head coach Ian Tapsall enlisted the game-plan for the second half. It worked to the tune of three goals in just over five minutes of play.

“We really showed how well we can play together,” Tapsall said.

Jess Leon ’22, Julia DiConza ’21, Madelaine Ambrose ’21, Isabella Deveney ’21 and Maya Reiner ’21 all came in and dominated for the Wreckers. In the second half, Kirby added two more goals of her own, and Deveney and Ambrose each added one of the four second-half goals scored by the Wreckers. 

The senior day festivities began early in the morning for the Wreckers and lasted until the afternoon, which is the spirit of the Staples girls’ field hockey program.

“I think they love it,” Tapsall said. “It starts from early in the morning all the way through, and to culminate in a way like today is really great.”