A Look into Fall Sports

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Sean Dowling

Coach Kubik talks to the football team after their win against Lenape Valley

Catherine Crowley, Writer

A Look into Fall Sports

 

The Dodgers came out with a bang in the first round of games for fall sports. This past Thursday, May 8th, girl’s soccer gave a beating to Boonton while field hockey suffered a tough, but hard fought, loss to long-time rival, Oak Knoll. Volleyball traveled to Morristown Beard the same day to beat the Crimson in their own gym; however, boy’s soccer couldn’t pull out the win against Boonton. Football came out with an insane win on Saturday in their opening game vs. Lenape Valley. Cross Country is putting in work day in and day out as they, too, await their first match of the season.

 

Field Hockey

Losing 12 seniors, the field hockey team is rebuilding this year for a new start with a young team. They started off their season with a 5-0 loss against No.2, Oak Knoll, but are ready to kick into gear their next game against Mountain Lakes. Senior Captain Sarah Timmons is a strong midfield component to the team who looks for the team to, “play as the family [they] are and utilize everybody’s individual strengths”. Known for their strong sisterly connection, the field hockey team is excited to see what this season has to offer them and is ready to take on any challenges they may face.

 

Girl’s Soccer

The girl’s soccer team is off to a good start with their 8-0 win against Boonton. Although these girls had to say goodbye to some strong seniors last year, they too are ready to fill in those leadership roles with hard work and determination. Senior Isabelle O’Connell claims that “even though [they] are a young team, the skill and effort levels have been extremely high”. O’Connell, being a leader herself, sees a continuous process of improvement from the girls and claims “this trend will only grow as the season progresses”.

 

Football

With an exhilarating opening game, the football team is ready to do big things in their 2016 season. Coming off of a thrilling state championship held at Metlife Stadium, the Dodgers are working to do nothing less than to win another one. “As a program, our goal and expectation is nothing less than a state championship so we plan to use our momentum coming off last year’s championship to repeat this again”, says Senior Captain P.J. Mulcahy. The football team came out with a 45-42 win against Lenape Valley this past Saturday, September 10, and are now ready to use this positive momentum in their games to come. The team consists of not only individual talents amongst their wide range of athletes, but also a chemistry within each other that no other team possesses.

 

Boy’s Soccer

It’s out with the old, and in with the new for the Dodger’s soccer team. Freshman Brendan Armstrong has stepped up to varsity to make an impact as their starting goalie. Senior Ryan Sullivan claims, “Through strong senior leadership and hard work, we hope to have the most successful season possible”. The soccer team never fails to impress its viewers with their athleticism and talent on the field. Being another young team, they hope for younger players to step up and fill in roles on the team. “With a fresh new team including a freshman goalie and sophomore field presence, we hope to grow a lot in our 2016 season”, says Ryan Sullivan. The team’s next game is Thursday when they face Mountain Lakes.

 

Cross Country

The Cross Country team is trained and ready to take on its opponents. With a strong senior class, this 2016 team is looking to be successful. Senior, Cara Smith, “Our whole team is excited for the first meet of the season. We have been preparing for this every day at practice and I am excited to see the outcome of all our hard work”. Cara is one of the many strong athletes on the team and never ceases to amaze opposing teams as well as her own teammates.

 

Volleyball

2016 will be the year the volleyball team takes it at all home. With talent across the board, strong senior leadership, and cohesiveness on and off the court, it is inconceivable for the girls to do anything less than win. Senior Captain, Jennie Scavone, is a crucial aspect to the team and is willing to put in the work to accomplish their goals. Jennie explains that, “this year, we have a bunch of girls who really know and love the game which makes it easier to have fun and still succeed as a team. I think this season is definitely going to be better than previous years”. The team took a beating on Dover last Friday, September 9, and is hoping to carry this momentum into their upcoming games this week.

 

Tennis

Although the girl’s tennis team hasn’t started out on the foot they hoped to, they are determined to put in the work to turn some of their matches into wins throughout the season. Coming off previous seasons with strong senior leadership, the girls are ready to fill in these shoes and step up to the challenge. Senior Carolyn Glynn says that, “the team works really well together and we all get along really well”. A strong connection between the players on the team is imperative in tennis because it translates on to the court.