West Field Hockey Defeats Homewood Flossmoor At Stick It To Cancer


Ms. Molly Dawson

West’s varsity field hockey team with Homewood Flossmoor’s Vikings. Coach Leah Carter, in whose honor the event was started, is on the far right.

On September 27th, the Glenbard West Varsity Field Hockey team defeated their opponent, Homewood Flossmoor, during their biannual Stick It To Cancer fundraiser.

Stick It To Cancer is a fundraising event that the entire West field hockey program participates in. The tradition was started in 2010 in honor of Coach Leah Carter, who had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer the previous year; now, Stick It To Cancer is an event dear to the field hockey program that brings people together to fight for a good cause. The team sells T-shirts and concessions at their game, donating the proceeds to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition. This year, the program raised $2,042 to send to the charity.

Before the game kicked off, cancer survivors supporting the fundraiser were acknowledged and their stories were told to the crowd. Mrs. Schrauth, mother of varsity team captain Maddie Schrauth, commented, “It was really wonderful to hear about the cancer survivors that came.”

At 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, September 27, the fundraiser kicked off with the Varsity Field Hockey game against the Homewood Flossmoor Vikings. Within the first ten minutes, senior Kate McGrath scored the first goal for Glenbard West, and she went on to score 3 more goals for her team. Juniors Jennika Park, Sarah Fondel, and Tessa Erickson also scored one goal each, making the final score a remarkable 7-0 in favor of West. Next, the junior varsity team also played, winning their game 9-0 and continuing West’s winning streak.

The girls were elated. Varsity team captain, senior Kailey Schmidt, said, “I thought it was a really successful game, and a good representation of how people can get together to support a cause.”

Karen Judge, the coach for the Varsity Field Hockey team, agreed, saying, “I think we had a really good crowd come out to watch us play but also contribute to our Stick It To Cancer fundraiser…I just feel like this was a great night for everybody involved.”

When asked about their season, Kailey replied, “I think our season is going really well, and even though we lost a lot of seniors last year, we’ve shown how younger teams can make a spot for themselves.”