West Deptford field hockey goalie Gina DeRocini gets her chance to shine as starting goalie

By Kallie Christy ‘25

West Deptford’s field hockey team senior goalie has been waiting for her chance to shine as the Eagles starting goalie. On September 16, DeRocini made nine saves in the shutout overtime win for the Eagles first win of the season over Haddon Township.

“I’ve been working for this moment,” said DeRocini, “and I’ve been more than excited to show what I can bring to our team this year.”

DeRocini was backup goalie for Isabella Gismondi last season, who graduated in the spring.

“It has been very mentally challenging in the past few years being the backup goalie,” she said, “and I wouldn’t be able to be where I’m at today without the endless support from my teammates.”

DeRocini and the Eagles had a rocky 0-3 start, losing to Collingswood, Haddonfield, and Haddon Heights but have been able to bounce back with three straight wins against Haddon Township, Maple Shade, and Sterling.

“DeRocini has been consistently playing strong,” head coach Courtney Stetson said. “She is very supportive of her teammates and was making positive contributions in team huddles, and that is why we named her a captain.”

Normally, captains are named during preseason, but graduating 11 seniors and having nine new girls in the starting lineup, Stetson had to consider her options.

“She has been very supportive of all of her teammates, and everyone loves her,” Stetson said.

When DeRocini was named captain, she was unbelievably happy.

“Being named captain meant the world to me,” she said. “Something I strive for everyday is to make a difference, and this opportunity to do that is a feeling I can’t even describe.”

DeRocini really does make a difference on and off the field according to junior back-up goalie Paige Duckzkowski. “Her lovely personality is one of the many things that I admire about her,” she said.

DeRocini has clearly made many contributions to establish herself as a leader of the West Deptford field hockey team.

“I couldn’t do any of it without the endless support of my teammates and coaches. I love our team so much, and it’s really an honor to have a voice and to be trusted.”