Christ Church Fockey

Elliot Jarett
CCES field hockey finished the season at 8-5 (Sean Roland/Contributed Photo).

First year Head Coach Melissa Harrill led the Christ Church varsity field hockey team to another state championship this fall while also leading the Cavs to a winning season.  This year’s team was one of the largest in school history with 30 players.  

Coach Harrill previously served as the Christ Church JV coach for the 2014 season. She also previously played and coached at Appalachian State. Coach Harrill has loved getting to watch the team and the individual players improve this year.

Senior captain Maria Varat said out of her five years of playing at Christ Church, this was the best team she has been a part of.  One of the team’s leading scorers, junior Victoria Haskins, said, “my favorite part of being on this team is how close we all are.”

The Cavs (8-5) were able to work together and finish the season with the most wins of any field hockey team in the state – considering that the Cavs are the only field hockey team in South Carolina. A tournament in Asheville was a turning point for the team. During the tournament, the Cavs played 3 games, winning all of them.  Varat was named MVP of the tournament while junior Victoria Haskins and freshman Amy Kate Williams were named to the All-Tournament team.

On September 24, the girls had a memorable battle against Charlotte Catholic. After double overtime, the Cavs finally scored the game winning goal in penalty shots. Haskins, who scored one of the penalty shots leading the Cavaliers to victory, said she was in her own world when she lined up for her shot. The final score was 5 to 4, a close but thrilling victory. Charlotte schools are typically Christ Church’s hardest competition, so this victory showed fans and competing schools that the Cavaliers should be taken seriously.   

While field hockey has been an important tradition at Christ Church for a long time, the program continues to grow and develop.