Varsity Hockey sits at middle of pack as season ramps up


Photo by Justin Linn

Varsity hockey switches lines in a game versus Churchill on Dec. 3.

Varsity hockey currently sits at a record of 4-3-1 with wins against Sherwood, BCC, St. Johns and Rockville/Magruder. They fell short to Richard Montgomery, Georgetown Prep, Churchill and Walter Johnson. Their only tie of the season thus far was with Whitman. The team has allowed 30 goals and has scored 29 goals. Captain Nathan Barrow leads the team with 13 points (9G, 4A). The team has five games remaining, including their next game against Quince Orchard on Jan. 7.

Captain Nathan Barrow has been playing well to start off his senior season. Barrow has been responsible for nine of the 29 goals, an impressive 31% of the team’s goals. The team currently sits in fourth place out of the eight teams in their division, allowing for the possibility of rearranging the standings once the regular season comes to an end. Barrow knows there is still work left to be done so they can secure a spot in the playoffs. “There is still plenty of time left in the season for us to stay in the playoff picture and keep fighting,” Barrow said.

Senior Sophia Kaplunovich has only been playing hockey for a few years and said she has enjoyed every moment of it. Kaplunovich has yet to see a negative in playing hockey. “As someone who has been around a hockey rink my whole life, my decision was very easy, and I love watching hockey so I thought to give it a try. It is also great making memories during my senior year with my teammates and coaches. It would be the greatest memory if we made a run in the playoffs,” Kaplunovich said.

Junior Connor Harris has been making a huge impact on offense with six goals and six assists. The speedster has helped take off some of the weight on Barrow’s shoulders, as he plays as a wingman to Barrow. “Playing in close games and making it count is huge for me as I grow as a player and help with this team,” Harris said.

My teammates and coaches have been inclusive and obviously they know I don’t go to their school, but it is great that they make me feel like I do.”

— Julien Piche

Goalie Julien Piche has a bit of a different story than the other players, as he doesn’t attend this school. Piche goes to the French International School. Piche leads the goalies with four wins and posts a record of 4-1-0 and a 3.41 Goals Against Average. Piche knows that his chemistry with the other players is not as ingrained as his other teammates, but this has not proved an issue throughout the season. “My teammates and coaches have been inclusive and obviously they know I don’t go to their school, but it is great that they make me feel like I do,” Piche said.