As a senior, it is always a task being thrust into a position of leadership, but that was not the case for Pingry’s Erin Butrico, who led her field hockey team to a 3-2 victory against the Hillsborough Raiders on Tuesday.
Butrico scored two goals for the Big Blue, with both them coming in the first half. While she was happy with her play, she was proud of her team for giving her the opportunity.
“I thought it was a good game,” Butrico said, “we had some really good assists down at the corner which was able to help me connect and get the goals … all around it was really good and I couldn’t have done it without everybody.”
Pingry went down 1-0 after Hillsborough’s Lauren Belskie scored on a penalty stroke. Despite the quick deficit, Pingry was able to score three quick goals to take the lead.
While Pingry head coach Judy Lee was pleased with the way he team played, she would like to see the early deficits disappear in the games going forward.
“We’ve been scored on early in the first half in almost every game we’ve played,” Lee said, “it’s something we have to work on because sooner or later we won’t be able to come back.”
Belskie would score both goals for Hillsborough, giving them a 1-0 lead with 19:12 remaining, and then giving her team a 2-1 with 6:14 left in the first half. Belskie’s second goal came off a corner from sophomore Gianna Napoletano.
Pingry answered back, as Emery Sorvino brought the score to 2-2, scoring with 5:43 left to play in the first half. Bella Walton finished the game with two assists, and Amanda Celli had an assist of her own.
Despite the loss, Hillsborough head coach Lyndsey Boettke was very pleased with the way her team played, and her team will continue to focus on the games to come.
“The team played really well,” said Boettke, “it was a little sloppy in the beginning and I wish we could have cleaned that up because we played really hard and should have came up with the ‘W.’ “
The Raiders split time between two goalies, with junior Erin Suraci starting the game and finishing with four saves. Senior Ursula Zadzilko entered the game late in the first half, and finished with seven saves.
Pingry’s Stephanie Yeh finished the game with eight saves, and kept a clean second half despite pressure from a talented Hillsborough squad.
Pingry takes the season series 2-0 against Hillsborough, but Butrico and her squad have bigger plans moving forward.
“We want to have a winning record,” Butrico said, “but I also want to keep connecting with my team and getting the ball in the cage.”