The Governor’s Academy Girls Varsity Field Hockey team won their second consecutive Class B New England (NEPSAC) Championship this weekend. Under the leadership of Coaches Tracy Stickney and Danielle Kingsbury, they defeated St. Mark’s School, 3-2, in the championship game on Sunday, November 19 at The Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, CT.
Coach Stickney said, “What this team achieved this year was remarkable. To win the ISL and a New England title in the same year has never happened for Govs Field Hockey. This was our goal at the beginning of the season. We won the ISL in 2015 and won New England’s in 2016. We wanted to put it all together and we did it! This team has grown so much over the course of the season and has literally conquered one team at a time. The contributions this senior class has made over their four years have been remarkable: their growth, leadership, and skill have been invaluable and they leave quite a legacy. This was a great team effort all the way.”
On Wednesday, November 15, in the quarter-final game, Governor’s defeated a very strong Williston Northampton School, 2-1. Goalie Delaney Bashaw was outstanding in the contest earning 12 saves. Quinn Greer started off the scoring with just 4:21 gone in the first-half when she tipped a shot by Sky Caron. With 23:30 remaining in the second-half, Steph Tamasi finished a shot by Sky Caron. Williston mounted an attack in the second-half, and scored with 20:39 remaining, but the Governor's defensive unit of Alex Sterchele, Reanne Burgess, Rori Nugent, and Delaney Bashaw turned them away time-after-time.
In the semi-final game on Saturday, November 18, Governor’s avenged a regular season loss and beat Rivers School 3-2 in overtime, advancing to the New England championship game. Rivers scored first and led, 1-0, at halftime. In the second-half, Sky Caron tied it up with 15:27 left in the game. With 3:02 remaining, Rivers scored again to take the lead, but Governor’s answered right back at 1:58 when Reanne Burgess turned away Rivers in the the defensive end, carried the ball out of the zone, and started up the offense. Governor’s quickly earned a corner and Quinn Greer scored on a corner pass from Sky Caron to make it 2-2. In overtime, Rivers had an early chance, but the Governor’s defense turned them away and with 4:26 remaining, Sky Caron buried a pass from Quinn Greer to propel them into the finals.
The team advanced to the championship game on Sunday, November 19 against St. Mark’s School. Despite scoring opportunities by both teams, the game was scoreless at halftime. With 13:32 remaining in the contest, Governor’s earned a corner and Sky Caron set up twin Finn Caron who tipped one past the goalie. Governor's had the momentum, and Sky Caron scored an unassisted goal just a minute later to make it 2-0. Governor’s dominated play for the next four minutes, and Sky Caron scored the ultimate game winner with 8:38 remaining. St. Mark’s made a late run and scored two goals, but the Governor's defense anchored by Alex Sterchele and Reanne Burgess held off St. Mark’s late in the game to win their second consecutive New England Championship.