Monday, April 15, 2024

Field Hockey: Grafton Competes Against Top Teams in Virginia Beach Tournament

Sydnie Swartwood scored twice during a win against Bruton. (file photo)
Sydnie Swartwood scored a goal and added an assist during the Surf and Sand field hockey tournament. (File Photo)

The Grafton field hockey team split a pair of games during the Surf and Sand Field Hockey tournament in Virginia Beach on Saturday.

Grafton opened the day with a game against First Colonial, which is ranked No. 6 in the nation by Max Field Hockey.

While the Clippers did not win — they lost 5-0 — they became just the second team this season not to lose to First Colonial because of the Virginia High School League six-goal rule.

The second game of the day was more manageable for Grafton, which defeated Oscar Smith 3-0.

Sydnie Swartwood, Grace Hoepfner and Taylor Straus scored for the Clippers, while Swartwood and Corinne Tapajna added assists.

Grafton Coach Brooke Feiner said her team benefited from playing in the tournament for multiple reasons.

“We played great competition and we got experience playing on turf,” Feiner said. “If we make it to states, we know what we need to work on. I saw a lot of great stuff from my girls today.”

The Clippers (4-5) will look to build off their successful weekend when they host Lafayette on Monday.

First Colonial 5, Grafton 0
Grafton 3, Oscar Smith 0

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