The Rivers School varsity field hockey team entered postseason play as the No. 1 seed having weathered a formidable Independent School League schedule. After toppling Ethel Walker and Newton Country Day, the Red Wings took aim at Kimball Union Academy and their second straight NEPSAC New England Class C title.
Rivers took control of the game just after the midway point of the first half when Ellie Branka ’16 scored on a penalty corner. Kaitlin Wood ’17 would do the same early in the second half to give Rivers a 2-0 lead. KUA pulled back to within one with 15 minutes left in the game, but the Red Wing defense proved stout for the remainder of the contest. A late goal from Meghan Gazard ’18 with less than a minute on the clock earned Rivers a 3-1 victory and its fourth NEPSAC Class C Championship.
“I am so proud of the way this team played throughout the entire fall,” said Coach Janna Anctil. “The girls showed up ready to compete each and every day. Winning the Class C Championship was the ultimate reward for the hard work and commitment that this group of girls put in every single day.”
The 2015 NEPSAC New England Class C Champions
Ellie Branka ’16 (Capt.), Sammi Estes ’16 (Capt.), Kaitlin Wood ’17 (Capt.), Alex Sidell ’16, Lorraine Byrne ’17, Holly Glass ’17, Erin McKay ’17, Elliott Ramirez ’17, Michelle Ryder ’17, Campbell Siegrist ’17, Julia Carlin ’18, Shannon Daley ’18, Courtney Day ’18, Meghan Gazard ’18, Julia Holton ’18, Jenna Letterie ’18, Zoe Brown ’19, Caroline Grady ’19, and Kaitlin Shaughnessy ’19.
Head Coach Janna Anctil
Assistant Coach Lydia Hayward
Manager Kate Everett ’16