I️t was one of the biggest game of the year- boys’ varsity ice hockey vs Princeton Day School. This year’s year’s game was predicted to be the biggest yet because the game was at Princeton University’s Baker Rink instead of home or at PDS. Both schools made hype videos and enthusiasm among the two student bodies was high. PDS is one of Lawrenceville’s biggest rivalries in any sport, but ice hockey is one of the most competitive sports between the two schools.
My friends and I️ had been looking forward to the big game for weeks in advance. We even went to Party City the weekend before and decked ourselves out on everything red from face paint, to boas.
The game began at 6:00 p.m. on January 24. As a member of the girls’ junior varsity ice hockey team, I had practice that that afternoon. As soon as practice ended, much of the team sprinted from the ice and packed into day student’s cars for the drive to Princeton. We were determined to not miss the big game.
We arrived just as the buzzer sounded for the end of the first period and the score was 3-1 with Lawrenceville in the lead. As I️ looked into the stands, all I️ could see was a sea of red and I️ had never been more proud to be a Lawrentian.
Despite PDS’s comeback in the second period, the fans kept the spirit going. We did our famous “Oh, Lawrenceville is wonderful!” chant to cheer on the team. We kept our spirits high as Lawrenceville finished the second period up by only a single goal.
The third period was stressful, to say the least, for fans of both teams. PDS won last year’s game and we were nervous history might repeat itself. But Lawrenceville came through, winning 5-4, and the rink rumbled when the final buzzer sounded. It was a night I’ll never forget.
After the game, we all packed into school buses to return back to campus and couldn’t stop buzzing about how fun the game was. Nights like these are the ones that make Lawrenceville and all of its school pride and spirit so special. I️ can’t wait for next year’s big hockey hometown rivalry game!
Heaven Figueroa ’20 is one of the two captains of the girls’ varsity basketball team, and plays a large role in leading the squad. She was recently been nominated as one of the top players in New Jersey, which is just one of her many accomplishments in the world of basketball.
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