The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School field hockey team’s season came to an end Thursday afternoon after a hard-fought 1-0 loss against Cohassett in the opening round of the MIAA Division 2 South Sectional playoffs.

Coach Lisa Knight said the ninth-seeded Vineyarders dominated the first 15 minutes of the game, keeping the ball around the eighth-seeded Cohasset Skippers’ goal, but were unable to convert for a goal. She said a Skipper goal with nine minutes left to go in the first half set the Vineyarders back, and the team struggled to recover, falling short in a fiercely fought second half of evening up the score.

Ms. Knight said she couldn’t be more proud of the team’s performance and an outstanding 14-3 run during the regular season, the last for 12 graduating seniors.

“They gave everything they possibly had,” said Ms. Knight. “I told them that though the scoreboard didn’t go in our favor...nobody can ever take away from you what you accomplished on those 60 by 100 yards because what you created here will last a lifetime. It’s about friendships and memories and bonds that will last a lifetime.”

The Vineyarders achievements did not go unnoticed by those watching the game, and Ms. Knight said one of them walked over to her after the post-game huddle with a surprise request.

“A field hockey coach from Anna Maria College came up to me and made an offer for senior captain Meghan Sonia to play for the Anna Maria field hockey team,” said Ms. Knight. “I asked Meghan what she thought and she said ‘I’m in!’”

The game also marked the final outing for Ms. Knight who is retiring after 32 seasons of leading the field hockey program. She said that even though she’ll no longer be yelling from the sidelines, she’ll never be far from the program and sport she loves.

“I give what I get and I really got a whole lot from this community,” she said. “It’s been a pleasure. It’s been a long and incredible run. I will be sure to still be a part of the field hockey program, just this time from the stands.”