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Nov 11, 2021

Middletown South Field Hockey Claims Fourth Consecutive Division Title

By Les Pierce

Forward Dana Rohrmann scored the winning goal against Colts Neck on Oct. 11.

The Middletown High School South field hockey team joined the A North Division in 2018 and promptly claimed the division championship that year by defeating Colts Neck, the reigning champs. Two more championships followed, and it always came down to South against Colts Neck. In fact, the two teams shared the title in 2019.

A fierce but friendly rivalry developed. It was fitting that, once again, the division title came down the two rivals on Oct. 11 in Middletown.

The game featured key defensive plays which resulted in a scoreless deadlock with less than a minute remaining. The two squads went into overtime in their previous clash, and a repeat OT scenario seemed imminent.

However, with just 37 seconds remaining in the game, Middletown South senior forward Dana Rohrmann scored the winning goal. Freshman Avery Lassman had a shot opportunity from the right side but made a split-second decision to instead pass across the front of the cage. The ball found Rohrmann in position at the post to chip it in for the 1-0 victory. 

“Avery realized she didn’t have the best angle for the shot. She played it like a veteran when opting to pass,” stated sixth-year Head Coach Jordan Hickman.  

Ironically Lassman had been brought up from the freshman squad just 10 days earlier for the Freehold Township game to replace a player who incurred a non-sports injury. The frosh forward had just a single day of practice with the varsity unit prior to scoring two goals in the 3-1 victory over Freehold.  

A preseason assessment of the Eagles would have suggested a 500 season might be achieved, but with lots of luck. Nearly the entire 2020 starting lineup was lost to graduation.

Hickman was required to pluck three players from the freshman squad to fill the ranks. Even with the new recruits, there were never more than four subs on the bench. Somehow, Hickman recreated the Eagles squad as they went undefeated 11-0 in A North play and are 12-2 overall at this time.

“Colts Neck has become our biggest rival over the last several seasons,” stated Hickman. “We are usually neck and neck for the division, and the games are always close. This year, coming off a season last year that ended abruptly, the Colts Neck games were even more important to the team. The girls were not only playing to win the division, but also playing for the graduating class of 2020 who essentially handed the sectional title to Colts Neck after we were shut down due to COVID-19. Many of the graduated 2020 players and families were at the game cheering us on.