The West Milford High School field hockey team lost to Wayne Hills High School 1-0 in the quarterfinal round of the PCCA tournament on Tuesday.
“So far the team is doing great and I am very proud of how far we've come along,” said Head Coach Krista Provost of the 2019 season. “We are constantly analyzing ourselves and other teams, strategizing ways and coming up with plans to improve.”
Neither team scored until the final period of Tuesday’s match, when Wayne Hills scored the game’s only goal.
The loss was just the third of the season for the Lady Highlanders, giving the team a record of 5-3-1 thus far.
“I have a varsity team of friends on and off the field,” Provost said. “More and more each week, we are coming together and truly enjoying our time together.”
According to Provost, it’s been a combination of contributions from players of all levels of experience that has led to West Milford’s success so far.
“I have 13 seniors that are working hard every day to keep their team focused and driven to get better,” she said. “I have a few juniors that have also really stepped up this season and work the field.”
Then there are the two sophomores, Kayla Healy and Sofia Marotta, who are leading the team in goals and assists, a pair the head coach refers to as her "dynamic duo."
Provost is also very proud of the way the junior varsity squad has played so far.
“My JV team is also doing great this year with eight wins and one loss,” she said. “Coach Lugerner-Paluzzi is looking to continue her JV team's record-breaking streak for the past three seasons. They are a powerhouse.”
The junior varsity team is scheduled to play Westwood Regional next, while the Lady Highlanders varsity squad was looking to add another win to its record on Thursday, when the team was scheduled to play Wayne Valley at home.