Field Hockey Caps Historically Successful Season with Trip to States
November 22, 2016
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Talk about going out with a bang. In her final season as Langley’s Head coach, Jennifer Robb led Langley’s Varsity Field Hockey Team further than she had ever before: into the State Tournament. Led by senior captains Jackie Kotoriy and Sarah Scherping, the Saxons placed second in the region this year, earning a spot in the State Tournament in Virginia Beach. Their State Playoff berth capped a phenomenal 16-7 season for the Saxons that featured a five game win streak from October 7th to October 20th and contributions from a strong core of nine juniors and eight seniors.
The Saxons enjoyed strong playoff performance this season, with runner-up finishes in both the conference and the regional tournament. In Virginia Beach, the Saxons fell to eventual runner-up First Colonial High School in the semifinals, ending their season, but not taking away from their immense success earlier in the year.
On offense, the Saxons benefitted from strong seasons from leading goal-scorers Carly Britt (Junior, 10 goals), Jackie Kotoriy (Senior, 7 goals), and Sarah Scherping (Senior, 6 goals). On the opposite side of the ball, Junior goalie Caroline Britt bolstered the Saxons defense with 12 shutouts and 68 saves. Field Hockey’s combination of strong attack and solid defense allowed them to outscore their opponents 41 to 18 heading into the state tournament.
Many Saxons were also recognized as Conference and Regional players of the year. Juniors Alyssa Gluscia, Carly Britt and Caroline Britt as well as seniors Jackie Kotoriy and Aya White all earned first team all-conference and seniors Kendall Raymond, Marina Carlucci, and Sara Scherping earned second team all-conference honors. Junior Hallie Jepsen and Senior Marina Smith both received honorable mention for the Liberty Conference as well. At the regional level, Jackie Kotoriy, Sarah Scherping, and Alyssa Glusica won first team all-region honors, an impressive feat.
Another great season of field hockey is in the books, and with more than half of the team returning next year, the Saxons can hopefully look forward to more success in the future.
All statistics courtesy of The Washington Post.