HARRISON, N.Y. – The nine seniors on the Harrison varsity field hockey team began playing as seventh-graders, eager to learn and make an impact.
They were quick learners, and this year Harrison is enjoying its best season in the program’s history. The Huskies are currently 8-3-4 and have earned their fourth consecutive Section 1 playoff berth, a program record.
“This has been a great experience because we have all grown together, along with the program,” senior Rachel Kalichman said. “It feels amazing to be a part of this team, and we are proud to see where the program has come and is going.”
In addition to Kalichman, the senior team members are Michelle Loguidice, Kaitlyn Gotte, Nicole Suozzo, Micaela Moscato, Ali Menniti, Laura Senande, Kaylee Aroaz and Kaitlyn Taliban.
Harrison opened the season with five consecutive wins, reaffirming that the Huskies were a team to watch. This gave Harrison confidence and also made the team realize it could play with anyone.
“Everyone was really hyped up about playing,” Kalichman said. “We set our goals so high going into this season that we wanted to come out strong in every game.”
Harrison qualified for the Section 1 Class B field hockey championships the previous three years. In 2010 and 2011, Harrison won its opening game only to meet three-time defending state champion Lakeland in a quarterfinal-round game. As a result, one of Harrison’s goals this season was to improve on its record and avoid Lakeland. The Huskies have accomplished this.
“Along with having a strong senior class, we really have improved our skills this year,” Kalichman said. “A lot of the girls played outside of the regular season in winter and summer leagues.”
Kalichman credits Harrison coach Sara Gonzalez, a Lakeland standout, with giving the field hockey program a winning approach. She said the players embraced it and the results have been positive.
One of Harrison’s finest games of the season came in a 1-1 tie with archrival Rye. Kalichman said the team lost to Rye 6-0 last year, so playing so well and earning a tie with the three-time defending Section 1 Class B finalists was a major step.
Gonzalez honored the seniors Monday in Harrison’s final home game of the regular season. However, Kalichman and her classmates are in line to have at least one home playoff game.