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Sacred Heart Greenwich field hockey team celebrates Senior Day with victory over Greenwich Country Day; Tigers cap regular season 7-0 in FAA

Photo by David Fierro: Members of the Sacred Heart Greenwich field hockey team gather with coaches Sara Hill, far left and Alex Gheorghe, far right, following their Senior Day game against visiting Greenwich Country Day School on Nov. 2.

A season of perfection in league play.

That’s what the Sacred Heart Greenwich field hockey team accomplished this fall and it put the finishing touch on such a feat by shining on Senior Day in its final regular season game.

Senior Delfina Gonzalez Lobo scored two goals, while senior Kate Nemec registered one goal and two assists, as Sacred Heart celebrated Senior Day with a 7-0 victory over visiting Greenwich Country Day School on Wednesday.

With the win, SHG concluded the regular season with a record of 7-0 in the FAA. Sacred Heart finished in first place in the FAA and earned the No. 1 seed in the FAA Tournament, which begins on Monday. As the No. 1 seed, the Tigers will receive a bye in the opening round and will host an FAA Tournament semifinal-round game on Wednesday.

Photo by David Fierro: From left to right: Mackenzie Coleman, Caterina Pye, Sophia Morales, Ines Araujo, Vivi Caruso, Delfina Gonzalez Lobo, Kate Nemec and Olivia Caponiti gather during the team’s Senior Day ceremony. Not pictured is Gabi Pye.

The 2021 season saw Sacred Heart win both the FAA Tournament and regular season titles, which they obviously, are intending to accomplish this season. Greenwich Country Day School, which is only in its second full season as a varsity team, is 2-5 in FAA play enters the league tournament as the No. 5 seed.

“It’s been a great season,” Sacred Heart senior defender/tri-captain Ines Araujo said. “We have a few big games coming up, so I’m excited. We are expected to take home the trophy, so we’re really looking forward to doing that. We know we can do it. It’s just all about our passion, our mentality – if our attitude is right, our energy is right, then we’ve got all the skills to accomplish it.”

Against Greenwich Country Day School on Wednesday, Skylar Stewart started the scoring, tallying at the 10:20 mark of the first quarter. Senior forward Vivi Caruso scored off a penalty corner with 2:00 remaining in the opening quarter, while senior midfielder Kate Nemec assisted on the goal, making it 2-0.

Senior tri-captain/midfielder Delfina Gonzalez Lobo added a first period goal with 20 seconds left, then converted a shot off a penalty corner at the 8:05 mark of the second quarter, putting host Tigers on top of the visiting Tigers, 2-0.

Photo by David Fierro: Sacred Heart Greenwich’s field hockey seniors gather during the team’s Senior Day ceremony.

Indeed, the seniors on the squad were appreciative of the special Senior Day ceremony that followed the game.

“It was amazing,” Gonzalez Lobo said. “The underclassmen made us feel like they are going to miss us. We love this team and we are going to miss them so much – it’s been an amazing ride. I love leading this team, they’re all great, amazing players and I love them.”

Senior Mackenzie Coleman scored with 7:20 remaining in the second quarter and senior tri-captain Olivia Caponiti tallied at the 9:10 mark of the third quarter off a penalty corner. Nemec assisted on Caponiti’s goal, which was special to her, since she is the squad’s starting goalie, but played in the field during portions of its game against GCDS.

“It was so exciting,” Caponiti said of her goal. “I haven’t played in the field since sixth grade, so it was a really cool experience. It was such an exciting day. The underclassmen made it really special. It was great to celebrate all the seniors, because I think we made a big impact on the program. So, I think all-around it was great.”

Sacred Heart Greenwich coaches Alex Gheorghe and Sarah Hill watch the team’s Senior Day ceremony.

Nemec capped the scoring with a goal at the 6:20 mark of the third quarter. Sacred Heart finished the regular season with an overall record of 14-2.

The defending FAA champion Tigers will look to repeat as FAA Tournament champions and are determined to make a strong run in the NEPSAC Tournament.

“We’re super excited, the NEPSAC is super competitive, but I think with how we’ve been doing, we’re going to do great in the tournament,” Gonzalez Lobo said. “We have great expectations.”

Sacred Heart Greenwich’s Emma Marvin moves the ball up the field during a matchup against Greenwich Country Day School on Wednesday, November 2, 2022, at Sacred Heart Greenwich in Greenwich.

Sacred Heart’s senior players include: Araujo, Caponiti, Caruso, Coleman, Gonzalez Lobo, Sophia Morales, Kate Nemec, Caterina Pye and Gabi Pye.

“Being one of the captains of this team has been great,” Araujo said. “We had some pretty big shoes to fil. Our captains last year were great, so I’ve been so honored to help lead the team. It’s been an amazing experience to see all the new players and returning players grow and to see us all mesh into one big family.”

Sacred Heart Greenwich defeated Greenwich Country Day in FAA field hockey action.
Payton Sfreddo of Sacred Heart, left, battles for the ball with Devon Anderson of Greenwich Country Day.
Mackenzie Coleman is one of the seniors on Sacred Heart Greenwich’s field hockey team.

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