Field Hockey Holds #1 Ranking in D2

Despite receiving a difficult first loss on October 6, RMHS’s top-ranked Varsity Field Hockey Team looks ahead to resume its successful season.

Ranked number one in the MIAA Division 2 as of October 18, it’s no surprise that this year’s squad has continued to have success. Led by seniors Elisabeth Quirbach and Megan Mclaughlin, their record of 11-1-1 shows their heightened achievements compared to previous years. Although the numbers are important, the team’s talent goes far beyond just paper.

“I think that our team is extremely connected and close with each other on and off the field. This dynamic is what carries our team and has gotten us all the success that we have had so far. It makes our team so much fun,” stated Quirbach.

I think that our team is extremely connected…It makes our team so much fun.

— Elisabeth Quirbach ('23)

The team’s abilities were tested on Thursday, October 6th, as the team faced their toughest competition yet- the Watertown Raiders. Playing the Raiders is a daunting task for anyone. In 37 seasons, Coach Eileen Donahue has led Watertown to 19 state titles. This year, ranked number one in the MIAA Division 3, the Raiders went into the game with yet another clean record. Beyond Massachusetts, the team’s accomplishments ranked them nationally. More specifically, they hold the national record for 184 games undefeated and have the national record for 124 consecutive wins. 

RMHS’s Varsity Field Hockey Team went into the game well aware of their competition. The Rockets put up a good fight against the Watertown dynasty, but the Raiders came out victorious in a 2-0 battle. Despite the score, the Rockets never wavered in their effort. They went the whole game without losing their desire to win.

Many players on the team expressed their feelings about how strongly their team fought. “It’s games like these that make us better. Playing difficult teams will only make us stronger and better prepare us for the playoffs. I can’t wait to play them again next year because I know we will have a different outcome,” said team member Lily Stanton (’24).

The next two games showed the Rocket’s resilience, as they won against Stoneham (3-0) and Woburn (4-0). Looking ahead, the team will next face off against Belmont, on October 14th, and Lexington, on October 18th. With few games left in the season, playoffs are just around the corner. The Varsity Field Hockey Team’s success on and off the field has given them the opportunity to make it far.

“We are more than ready for the playoffs,” said senior Olivia Johnson.