Some may have wondered whether Kristy Troyan would be able to play in the Riverhead High School field hockey team’s playoff game Wednesday, but there was no question in Troyan’s mind.
Troyan, who has a reputation for being a tough player, sprained her right ankle when she stepped on another player’s foot in the final regular-season game last Thursday in Huntington. The good news was that she had six days to rest and recover before Riverhead’s Suffolk County Class A outbracket game. It’s amazing what a bucket of ice and a whole lot of determination can do for a player. READ
Three days after the officially designated Columbus Day, the Riverhead High School field hockey team celebrated another Columbus Day of sorts.
Well, her name is Columbus and she did have a day. Boy, did she have a day. READ
Even now, five years later, when Riverhead coach Cheryl Walsh-Edwards looks at Katie Goodale, she still sees the face of the young blonde girl who tried out and made her field hockey team as an eighth-grader, the youngest player on the team. “I look at her now, she looks mature, but her face still looks the same,” said Walsh-Edwards.
Walsh-Edwards recalled talking to Goodale’s father back then and telling him, “She’s going to be on varsity and she’s going to play.”
Goodale hasn’t stopped playing since. The five-year varsity starter is the team’s longest-serving player. My how time flies. READ
Even though they didn’t have Rease, the Riverhead Blue Waves didn’t fall into pieces.
The Riverhead field hockey team learned how to play without midfielder Rease Coleman last season after she sustained a season-ending injury just several games into the campaign. Despite the considerable loss of sidelined talent, the Blue Waves still managed to extend their playoff run to eight straight years. They went two rounds deep into the postseason before bowing out to Ward Melville.
Now, the Blue Waves (9-7 last year) will once again have to play without Coleman. The junior midfielder, who was considered a potential All-State player, has transferred to an out-of-state prep school. READ
Vika Stapon’s previous shootout experience amounted to the number she wore on the back of her uniform: 00.
The senior goalkeeper for the Riverhead High School field hockey team not only had never played in a shootout before, but had not had much practice handling one v. one situations in practice. READ
Just how far the Riverhead High School field hockey team goes this year may very well depend on how low the Blue Waves can go.
Every now and then Angie Graziano’s coaches remind her to get low and position herself by the post, ready to knock a shot on goal. READ
In high school field hockey, seniors, experienced seniors, are like gold. That explains why Riverhead may feel as if it’s rich in talent these days. READ
The Riverhead High School field hockey team traveled in style Friday.
It wasn’t an old yellow school bus that took the Blue Waves to Eastport-South Manor High School for their Suffolk County Class A quarterfinal.