Carolyn Coyne (V)

Big Blue field hockey is off to a strong start this year, with senior captains Hannah Dillon (VI), Liv Nugent (VI), and Caroline Dannenbaum (VI) leading the team to unprecedented victories in a difficult division. Dillon believes that the team is “looking really strong going into tournament season,” especially in terms of passing. Nugent agrees, claiming that the “team culture is better than ever.” Senior player Lizzie Gilfillan (VI) adds that being this “tight-knit family off the field translates onto the field with our passing connection.”

This strength in passing has been developed by the new varsity head coach, Mr. Izaak Pels. Coach Pels believes that the team is receptive to the ideas and culture he is instilling. He says that the team’s “ability to adapt and change culture has been a remarkable aspect of our versatility.” He thinks that what has happened this year will change team culture for years to come. Head JV coach Margi Dillon agrees, believing that the huge group of dedicated freshmen on JV will help build the program. Indeed, as Coach Decatur says, the future is bright for Pingry field hockey.