By Missy Schrott | [email protected]
T.C. Williams Varsity Field Hockey closed out its season this fall with a record of 16-3 for the regular season and playoffs, including an undefeated 10-0 in-conference mark. Nine of those 10 conference wins were shutouts.
The top-seeded Titans won the Gunston District Conference on Oct. 19 with another shutout win against Mt. Vernon High School and advanced to regionals. Despite “playing like champs,” according to parent Jim Hardman, they lost in the second round of regionals.
One of the captains who led the Titans this year was Izzy Diz, a senior center midfielder. Diz finished the season with seven goals and eight assists.
“Even though we lost at regionals, it was still a great season,” Diz said. “I know everyone had fun, and it was a great season to end my senior year.”
Diz verbally committed earlier this year to continue playing field hockey in college at Christopher Newport University. The team’s other captain, Sophie Johnson, will also go on to play in college for the University of Massachusetts.
Field hockey is unusual because players often get a later start than they would with sports like soccer or basketball. Diz started playing in seventh grade, joined the high school JV team in eighth grade and began the college recruitment process in 10th grade.
“I wasn’t planning on playing field hockey in college when I was younger,” Diz said, “but sophomore year my coaches started talking about it, and I kind of got interested. I was like, yeah, I would love to play in college.”
Recruiters watched Diz play in tournaments with her club team, Southeast Storm. She was also invited to clinics and “junior days” at the schools that helped her narrow down her choices.
“I just really liked CNU,” she said. “The college itself is a nice, beautiful campus, and the field hockey program is, like, amazing. I’m really excited.”
Diz attributed the T.C. team’s success this season to her teammates and coaches.
“It’s a great atmosphere,” she said. “The coaches are great. They make it so fun, and … everyone gets along. There’s not drama on the team, and we all take care of each other.”
Diz said her favorite memory of the season was the district win over Mt. Vernon.
“It was a great moment, and it was just the best way to end my career at T.C.,” Diz said.