Lawrence and Princeton meet in CVC Field Hockey Game of the Year – Trentonian
When the Colonial Valley Conference field hockey schedule was released, it was the game the two teams circled.
This is the battle between the two best teams in the conference.
It’s a showcase of two of the state’s best players.
Both teams have a combined 21-1 record. We did not allow a goal. The other has a goal-rich conference with 90.
It’s a game in recent years that has brought intensity, drama and the unexpected.
Both coaches, Heather Serverson of Princeton and Megan Errico of Lawrence, know that the most important thing is not to get caught up in the hype.
“The message to the team will be that they can do whatever they want,” Serverson said. “We have to keep a cool head and play together. We have to stay focused on what we are doing well.
One of the most impressive things about Tigers is their poise. They are strong defensively, opportunistic offensively and they play very well together.
Princeton (10-0) is not only undefeated, but also failed to score.
Lawrence (11-1) was just as strong across the field.
“The key for us is to play our game, we’ve really made a lot of changes since last year, but I feel like our roster clicked,” said Errico. “We have to be tough on defense, our defense is new but they have come together and we are looking forward to the competition. We have to score early and quickly and sometimes it takes a little bit to prepare for the team we are playing. We have worked a lot on movement in the circle, so we hope to bring out their defense, especially since their defense has a solid reputation. ”
The streak is 2-2-1 in the last five games, with the Cardinals claiming a 7-1 victory in 2020.
Lawrence’s Talia Schenck is one of the nation’s top scorers and the county and conference record holder with 203 career goals and 72 this season.
Schenck is heading to Princeton University next fall.
Princeton’s Olivia Weir, who will travel to Rutgers University next fall, leads the Tigers with 29 goals.
The two are certainly some of the best to play in the conference, county, and state, but it will take more than any individual effort to decide this game.
Weir has a strong supporting cast in Grace Rebak, Delaney Keegan, Erin Kieswetter and Hannah Christopher. Francesca deFaria was solid in goal.
Lawrence managed to get a solid scoring game from Olivia Drake and Abby Duncan, while Macey Vice does a great job passing the ball to Schenck as she leads with 23 assists.
“Talia scores the goals, but Talia pushes her teammates to seize the opportunity,” said Errico. “She wants them all to have the intensity that she has, so she’s working to instill that. Talia loves competition so she is ready for Friday. ”
So the defense of Princeton.
“Defensively we have to maintain our efficient Princeton style,” Serverson said. “We have to stop the players who are able to put the ball into the net with a focused midfielder and a strong defensive circle.”
It should be a great high school hockey game and a question that will depend on which team is playing their game.