Field Hockey: Losing Isn’t Always a Bad Thing
Durham Academy’s field hockey team has been a living legacy for more than ten years, with an undefeated season in 2006, a recent state championship in 2012, and multiple alumni currently playing in Division One programs. It was no surprise that this year the field hockey team was in the running for yet another state championship, with senior captains Lakin Barry, MacKenzi Simpson, and Sarah Hantzmon leading their team to the state tournament with a 10-6 record.
Despite a heartbreaking loss to Providence Day on October 20, the field hockey team had very few negative things to say about moving forward. Set to play on Friday, October 30, against Charlotte Country Day, to whom they had lost 5-0 early on in the season, the Cavs seemed to have a fighting chance.
When asked about what the team needed to improve on going into the state tournament, senior captain Lakin Barry stated, “We need to play more as a team, not as a group of individuals.”
Lexi Clifford, senior captain, also had a few things to say about what the team needs to do in order to be successful. “We definitely need to take advantage of our home field,” said Clifford. “We are hosting the tournament this year and I think that will really help us. We also need to get a big crowd out there and we need to work as one.”
However, the field hockey team lost in an overtime game to CCD on Friday. But just as Clifford asked, there was a huge crowd of DA students supporting the team as they took their opponents to overtime.
Some would say that losing only motivates a team and gives them something to work for. In the case of the 2015 girls’ field hockey team, this could not ring truer. A tough loss right before heading into the state tournament only strengthened their will to win, as seen when they beat Ravenscroft 4-0 in the quarterfinals and took a team that beat them 5-0 in the regular season to overtime in the semifinals of the state tournament. The field hockey team’s dynasty will continue for many years to come.