Girls stay strong going into playoffs

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Photo courtesy Gail Karimi

Sophomore Naomi Esterowitz runs past the defender in a scrimmage against Old Mill.

The varsity field hockey team had a hectic last few weeks, playing a total of seven games. They picked up four wins, improving their overall record to 6-4. 

The team has lots of spirit and dresses up to school on game days with different themes. “I get really into the themes and go all out on gameday,” senior Gail Karimi said.

The girls get along well on and off the field and have formed unique friendships with each other. Outside of practice they have team dinners and other bonding activities. “Our team is really tight this year and it makes the practices and bonding events really fun. We also play better on the field when we grow closer off the field. I’m dreading the end of the season because I know I’m going to really miss everyone,” senior Carrie Wang said.

I made sure to get a lot of my college applications done over the summer because I knew it would be difficult during the season.”

— Gail Karimi

Field hockey is a big commitment and players have to balance their academics and athletics. This is especially important with such a big group of seniors on the team who are applying to colleges. “I made sure to get a lot of my college applications done over the summer because I knew it would be difficult during the season,” Karimi said.

The girls are also active on social media, posting on Instagram after every win as well as goofy pictures from practices. “The seniors run the social media and it is a lot of fun,” Karimi said.

The girls faced off against Whitman on Sept. 20, looking to get a win following a tough loss to Blair. The girls fought to the last second, but the Patriots offensive effort was not enough as they fell 1-0.

The team played at Richard Montgomery on Sept. 23. They were motivated to get a win after two close losses in a row. Sophomore Naomi Esterowitz, senior Allie Gritz, and junior Allison Cheng all contributed with goals in an exciting 4-2 victory.

Following a big win, the girls traveled to WJ on Sept. 28. Each team fought back and forth, and the score was tied 2-2 at the end of the fourth quarter. Esterowitz used her speed and stick skills to get past two defenders and place the shot perfectly for the win in overtime. All of the girls rushed the field together, jumping around in celebration. 

The team traveled to Churchill on Oct. 4 with huge expectations to take down the rival Bulldogs  but they couldn’t seem to get anything going offensively, falling 3-0. 

The squad picked up two more wins, on Oct. 8 against Gaithersburg, and Oct. 12 at Northwest. “The weather was great and we got two awesome wins,” Wang said.

The girls face off against Quince Orchard on Oct. 19.