Grace DiMascio

Class of 2021 senior goodbye


The clock was running out as the field hockey ball glided past me and slammed against the back of the goal to end the PCL championship. Screaming and cheering filled the air, yet I felt numb and disappointed. Carroll fought a long, hard game, but fell short in sudden death overtime. Unfortunately, we lost 3-2 against Cardinal O’Hara. O’Hara was able to break down our defense and pressure our weak spots, allowing them to 2v1 our goalie, which was me. Even though this season did not end with the outcome we were working and hoping for, I was proud of our accomplishments. We spent countless hours on the field and ran more than I liked in preparation for our season. Carroll was able to get far in the PCL because of our skill, determination, and teamwork. 

I originally played soccer at Carroll, but a bad experience my sophomore year caused me to lose my interest in playing. As a result, I decided to give field hockey a shot. At first I was nervous to switch over to field hockey because I am literal trash, but after some experimenting I found the position for me. I started out on the field, but I lacked the skill to succeed in this position, so I gave goalie a chance and I ended up sticking with it. My story shows that everything happens for a reason and sometimes you need to go through obstacles to have a happy ending. 

I am beyond appreciative for the opportunity to have played in the PCL championship and with an amazing team. Playing field hockey was the best choice ever because I was able to make so many memories that I will cherish forever. Moreover, I would not have created the relationships I did and become close with the people I met if I had not given field hockey a chance. With that being said, I just want to say “thank you” to my fellow teammates and coaches who welcomed me to the team and gave me an unforgettable experience. I will forever be grateful for Carroll’s athletic program and the many  memories it has given me throughout my four years here.