With a core group of seniors leading the way, the MBS field hockey team captured the NJSIAA Northwest B Championship on Saturday, November 21 with a 3-1 road win over previously-unbeaten Vernon.
After a scoreless first half, the Crimson (7-1) erupted for two goals in the third period with freshman Ryland McDonald ’24 getting MBS on the scoreboard. Minutes later, senior Joele Russomanno ’21 scored what proved to be the game-winning goal.
“Most of us have been together through it all,” said Russomanno. “We just all came together and we’re very close. That’s what makes this team special.”
Senior Kaitlyn Tartaglione’s goal with 8:23 left in the fourth quarter put the contest out of reach while MBS goalie Josie Ashton ’22 turned away seven shots to secure the victory.
“We have a pretty strong defense with Jesslyn Patricia and Sydney Strollo and Talie Hess,” Ashton said. “We all worked together throughout the season and we’ve grown together throughout the past couple years. I know I can count on them.”
MBS Head Coach Kate Alderman said she was especially proud of her seniors, who were finally able to celebrate a championship after coming close in the Morris County Tournament and last year’s Non-Public final.
“The seven seniors we have been building for this year,” said Morristown-Beard coach Kate Alderman. “It’s a really special moment for them and for us as a team that we could make it happen this year.”