Despite Loss to Titans, Field Hockey Celebrates Seasoned Seniors

On Oct. 6, the Phoenix girls varsity field hockey team hosted their senior night against the Dominion Titans. The game ended with a Phoenix loss of 6-0.


Amelia Chen

Senior and co-captain Harshroop Singh attempts to take the ball from the Titan opponent. “I think it’s crazy to see that I’ve learned a new sport just through the field hockey program here at Rock Ridge,” Singh said. “I’ve definitely seen a lot of improvement compared to previous years.”

As the fall sports season came to an end, the Phoenix field hockey team went up against the Dominion Titans on Oct. 6 for their senior night and last home game of the season. The game started off with the seniors celebrating their final season with their parents, team members, and coaches. “This [senior night] especially hit a little harder,” coach Michelle Federico said. “I love all the girls…and they’re such a great group.”

Teammates of these departing seniors also felt sentimental about saying goodbye. Sophomore Dhanya Babu  cherished her opportunity to bond with the current seniors for the duration of her first season. “They were like close family to me,” Babu said. “I am definitely very sad that they are leaving this year, they are like all my sisters,” Babu said. 

After the parents of the seniors walked the athletes out, the first quarter of the game began. The Titans came out with a strong offense and were able to take a lead with a score of 4-0. However, during the second quarter, the Phoenix were able to put up a tough defense, preventing the Titans from scoring. Ultimately, the Phoenix were mercied by the Titans in the third quarter, ending the game with a Phoenix loss of 6-0. 

“We started off not at our best, but they brought it around and fixed the things that we’re always working on during the season,” Federico said. “They did well once they pulled together.”

Despite the loss, the underclassmen teammates were grateful for the seniors during the fall season. “They know everything [about field hockey] and that was a great boost for the new freshmen,” sophomore Nanci Marcello said.  

Though a bittersweet farewell, the seniors have left a lasting impact on the team and Rock Ridge athletics.