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It's the most wonderful time of the year here at The Pingry School! Students have returned, extracurricular activities are taking place, lots of learning is happening, and relationships are being developed. In addition to all of these exciting happenings across our campuses, Pingry is delighted to introduce you to the newest members of our talented team for the 2021-22 school year.

Big Blue Beat: Varsity Field Hockey

By Aarav Vaidya '24

Head Coach:
Julia Martinez

Last season's highlights:
Last year's Field Hockey Team (2-10-1), led by captains Carolyn Coyne '21 and Kaitlyn Devito '22, placed 14th in the Skyland Conference. One of the biggest challenges presented for the team last year was the health and safety of the players, as contact tracing and COVID-19 protocols were certainly an issue. Luckily, the team was able to play most of its games and placed 4th in its division. 

What to watch for this season:
● This season's team will be led by Kaitlyn Devito '22, Anna Riley '22, and Katie Miller '22.
● The team will continue to strengthen their foundational skills, such as trapping the ball and stick-to-stick passing.
● This season, however, they will place a particular emphasis on developing their 3D skills, such as pops, flicks, and aerials, as well as their reverse-stick skills.
● Coach Martinez will also direct the team to strengthen their offensive corner play and, hopefully, have each corner result in a goal.
● The first regular-season game will be on September 9 against Bridgewater Raritan High School.
● This season, even with the team's big goals of becoming conference champions and contending for the NJSIAA Non-Public A Title, Coach Martinez also hopes to develop skills and knowledge of the game as well as create an inclusive environment where all players feel welcome and have fun.

Full-Court Press:
"This season, we are looking to our captains and seniors to lead the team both on and off the field. We hope our younger players follow their examples throughout tough drills and challenging games." —Head Coach Julia Martinez

Greg Waxberg '96, Communications Writer, Editor of The Pingry Review