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Exceptional Senior Game is Sunday (11/29)

Somers coach Leigh Fiorito let me know that the Exceptional Senior Field Hockey game is scheduled for 11 a.m. Sunday at Ossining High School. Thank you Coach Fiorito. The teams will play three 25-minute periods in a round-robin format.

Here are the rosters, courtesy of Coach Fiorito:

White Team:

#17 Kelly Linehan (White Plains); #25  Hannah Orfe (White Plains);  #6 Amanda Simmons (White Plains);  # 3 Mariana Hess (White Plains); #26 Cassie Durland (John Jay-East Fishkill); #9  Julianne Poggiogalle (John Jay-EF); #13 Carly Grimaudo (John Jay-EF); #40 Abby Seelig (Ossining); #8 Katy O’Hanlon (Ossining); #22 Caitlin Costello (Ossining); #23 Michelle Andoy (Ossining); #1 Jill Sue (Pleasantville); #4 Emily Munier (Pleasantville); #5 Leanne Amicucci (Pleasantville); #10 Jen Seisdedos (Pleasantville).

Blue team:

#10 Breanna Longo (Hen Hud); #33 Claire McGuire (Hen Hud); #24 Lisa Bucci (Irvington); #30 Brittney Myers (Irvington); #14 Laura Schenkel (Irvington); #6 Jen Rabe (Pawling); #22 Marisa Kaplan (Pawling); #12 Tara Smith (Pawling); #4 Kim Gigante (Fox Lane); #29 Jenn Pollack; #8 Bianca Soria (Fox Lane); #7 Tamara Tribble (Valhalla); #9 Lauren Arnau (Valhalla); #2 Molly Black (Brewster); #3 Kristen Cartledge (Brewster).  

Green Team:

#28 Laura Bauer (Our Lady of Lourdes); #27 Janine McAllister (Our Lady of Lourdes); #5 Shannon Quaid (Our Lady of Lourdes); #2 Angela Theodoseau (Our Lady of Lourdes); #24 Jessica Katz ( Hastings); #23 Kelsey de Courcey (Hastings); #29 Dana Borelli (Hastings); #37 Alyssa Duke (Hastings);  #10 Elizabeth Goodell (Bronxville); #4 Sarah Steinborn (Horace Greeley); #6 Cheryl Cho (Horace Greeley); #21 Lindsay Kirk (Carmel); #22 Christina Caso (Carmel); #40 Janelle Colon (Clarkstown South); #8 Jillian DiPiazza (Clarkstown South); #7 Alexa Quinones       (Clarkstown South).

Gold team:

#17 Erica Cinque (John Jay-Cross River); #10 Natalie Antenucci (John Jay-CR); #20 Christine Stocks (Nanuet);  #32  Nichole Coghlan (Nanuet); #21 Caitlin Baranowski (Mahopac); #18 Courtney Stein (Mahopac); Ashley John (Mahopac); Jakki Reger (Mahopac); #9 Erin Flaherty (Croton); #8 Rachel Neabore (Nyack); #4 Victoria Boston (S0mers); #1 Kelly Datino (Somers); Amanda DeChent (Putnam Valley); Katie Stuntz (Mamaroneck); Heather Noto (Mamaroneck); Kristen D’Alba (Mamaroneck).

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November 27, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 7 Comments

2009 scoring leaders

I have not heard from all of the coaches yet. I will keep updating this when more coaches send me their stats.

Player (School) –  Goals-Assists-Points

Brooke Gogel (Bronxville)  35- 9- 44; Megan Bozek (Lakeland)  19-24-43; Emma Bozek (Lakeland) 38-5-43; Shannon Scavelli (Lakeland) 28-14-42;  Rachel Kim (Bronxville) 21-12-33; Torie Stearns (Rye) 22-9- 31; Katie Malone (Ossining) 18-9-27; Bridget McGovern (Lakeland) 13-12-25; Amanda DeChent (Putnam Valley)  19-5-24; Annie Van Wagenen (Rye) 9-14-23; Nicole Merigliano (Mamaroneck) 14-6-20; Jillian Richards (Mamaroneck) 8-12-20; Hannah Tavella (Putnam Valley) 14-6-20; Madeleine Despins (Mamaroneck) 11-8-19; Casey Bocklet (John Jay-CR) 7-11-18; Jessica Gardiner (Mamaroneck) 4-14-18; Jillian Caffrey (Lakeland)  6-11-17; Lisa Bucci (Irvington)  10-6-16; Caroline Clark (Mamaroneck) 10-5-15; Janelle Colon (C. South) 6-9-15; Nellie Mitchell (Fox Lane) 10-4-14; Katy O’Hanlon (Ossining) 10-5-15; Victoria Benedetto (C. South) 12-1-13; Liz King (Pleasantville) 11-2-13; Alex Lynch (Bonxville) 5-8-13; Kristen Palese (Irvington) 8-4-12; Sarah Lang (John Jay-CR) 8-3-11.

November 24, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Greene 1, Mamaroneck 0

This is all that I know so far. When I have more information I will post it.

Even though the final result was not in Mamaroneck’s favor, Mamaroneck coach John Savage, assistant coach Tricia Miller and the girls deserve congratulations for an outstanding season. Even with a talented 2009 senior class in college, the veteran returnees and varsity newcomers showed they continued the Mamaroneck field hockey tradition.

November 21, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Lakeland wins fourth State Championship

Lakeland received first-half goals from Emma Bozek and Leanne Goldblatt on its way to a 2-0 victory over Maine-Endwell (Section 4) to win the New York State Class A field hockey championship at Vestal High School.

This is Lakeland’s fourth state championship (the Hornets won in 1990, 2003 and ’06) and are now even with Rye as Section 1’s leaders in state titles. Section 1 now owns 20 state championships, tied for No. 1 with Section 4.

Emma Bozek scored first, assisted by older sister Megan Bozek and Leanne Goldblatt doubled the lead, set up by Bridget McGovern.

Congratulations to Lakeland coach Sharon Sarsen and her players, especially the seniors.

I will add to this later once I speak to Coach Sarsen.

November 21, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Lakeland, Mamaroneck State Finals schedule

At Vestal High School

Class B

Maine-Endwell (Section 4) vs. Lakeland, 10 a.m.

Class A

Greene (Section 4) vs. Mamaroneck, noon

Best of luck to Lakeland and Mamaroneck today.

November 21, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Mamaroneck beats Ward Melville, 2-1

Jillian Richards made an impact on a penalty corner at the most opportune time.

The Mamaroneck senior, who assisted on the winning goal in the Tigers’ regional victory over Section 2’s Niskayuna, asserted herself and it proved to be the difference.

Richards received a pass from Jessica Gardiner and scored with 1:48 remaining in the game, thrusting Mamaroneck to a 2-1 victory over Ward Melville in a Class A state semifinal at Vestal High School.

Mamaroneck will play Greene (Section 4) in the final noon Saturday. This will be Mamaroneck’s third appearance in a state championship game. The Tigers won it all in 2004 and were runners-up in 2005. Greene enters the game with four state championships in program history.

Mamaroneck coach John Savage credited his defense with another excellent game, especially the penalty-corner unit. Ward Melville (Section 11) had 18 penalty corners to Mamaroneck’s three, but only capitalized once.

Caroline Clark gave Mamaroneck a 1-0 lead.

November 20, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Lakeland takes Garden City, 3-2 in overtime

When Bridget McGovern first sent a long pass to the left side of Garden City’s defensive zone, it appeared to be going out of bounds as it rapidly accelerated on the turf.

Shannon Scavelli kicked it into high gear though, and controlled the ball before it left the field of play. Once Scavelli had it on her stick, the sophomore forward made the biggest impact on the season to date.

Scavelli ripped a drive, from 12 yards out, by Garden City goale Kaitlyn Williams with 2:55 remaining in overtime, lifting Lakeland to a 3-2 victory over the 2008 Class B state champions at Vestal High School.

Lakeland (21-0-1) will be making a Section 1-best eighth appearance in a state championship game. The Hornets will play Maine-Endwell (Section 4), who beat Amherst (Section 6), 4-1, in the final Saturday, 10 a.m. This is also Lakeland’s third trip to the final in the last four years. Lakeland won the state Class A championship in 2006 and was a Class A finalist in 2007. The last time Maine-Endwell played a Section 1 team in the Class B state final was 2005, losing to Putnam Valley, 1-0 in double overtime. In 2004 Maine-Endwell shocked Rye that day, 1-0, scoring with two seconds remaining in the second overtime period on a penalty corner. Rye outplayed and outshot Maine-Endwell on that day.

Emma Bozek forced overtime, scoring with 1:47 remaining in regulation, on a beautiful crossing pass from Chelsea Remling.

“Shannon was our only forward,” said Lakeland coach Sharon Sarsen of the 7 v. 7 overtime period. “Shannon is always looking to give the ball to someone else. I told her she needed to be the one to shoot. Shannon did a great job of chasing the pass down, gave herself a great angle and just blasted it. It was a great thing for Shannon to step up and do it.”

Lakeland led 1-0 at halftime as Nikki Schultz scored off of a broken penalty corner with 4:50 remaining in the first haf. Garden City took the lead, scoring twice (Alex Bruno at 7:16 and Katie D’Antonio at 15:23) in an eight-minute span. This was the first time Lakeland trailed all season and it was the most goals allowed in a game by the Hornets.

Sarsen called a time out with nine minutes on the clock and promptly made a few adjustments. Sarsen took Megan Bozek and Emma Bozek and moved them back to the forward line from midfield and had Remling go from defense to right mid.

“Megan and Emma were needed in the midfield because Garden City has a great passing game,” Sarsen said. “But we then needed to score so Megan and Emma went back to forward. I moved Chelsea because she was fresh and we needed her quickness in the midfield.”

Sarsen said she did not see any panic or concern in her team’s collective eyes during the timeout.

“They knew what they had to do and where they had to be so they went out there and did it,” Sarsen said.

Remling set up the equalizer, sending a free hit from the right wing across the field right to Emma Bozek’s stick. Bozek welcomed the pass and then ripped a drive from 10 yards out

November 20, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Section 1 history at the State Championships

I was looking at my 2008 state field hockey championship program recently. I do this every year but never remember to keep track of the numbers. This time I will. Here is a look at why Section 1 is one of, if not the best section in the state.

State titles by section: The total number, followed by the leaders.

Section 4: 20 – Marathon (seven), Greene (four) and Maine-Endwell (three).

Section 1: 19 – Rye (four, 2000, ’01, ’03, ’07), Lakeland (three, 1990, 2003, ’06), Mahopac (two, 1992, 2001), Brewster (two, 1992, ’96), Rye Neck (two, 1984, 1998), John Jay-East Fishkill (two, 1998, 2002), Mamaroneck (one, 2004), Putnam Valley (one, 2005), Bronxville (one, 1994), Scarsdale (one, 1996).

Section 2: 13 – Johnstown (three), Fort Ann (two), Schuylerville (two), Glens Falls (two).

Section 11: 11 – Miller Place (five), Centereach (three).

Section 8: 11 – Garden City (six), Carle Place (five).

Section 5: 4 – East Rochester (three).

Section 3: 3

Section 6: 3

Section 9: 2 – Red Hook (two).

As you can see, other sections have one or two teams that dominated that respective section when it comes to state championships. Section 4 is a prime example and is fortunate to have Marathon. The same can be said for Section 8 with Garden City.

Section 1 has 19 state championships won by nine different schools. No other section has as much depth as Section 1. Section 1 has also had 15 other state finalists:

Lakeland (four), Brewster (two), Bronxville (two), Mahopac (one), Rye Neck (one), Carmel (one), Pleasantville (one), North Salem (one), Rye (one), Mamaroneck (one) 

November 20, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

2003 season – Lakeland

After winning the Section 1 Class B title and advancing to regional play in 1999, Lakeland endured an uncharacteristic dry spell.

The Hornets went three years without winning a sectional title, despite reaching the Class A final in 2000, ’01 and ’02. Veteran Lakeland coach Sharon Sarsen entered the 2003 season with one of her youngest teams. Sarsen had only three seniors – forward Danielle Fiore, back Andi Coiro and Alicia Wolf. Sarsen also kept four freshmen – Kara Connoly, Melissa Gonzalez, Rebecca DiSisto and Amy Voelkel – the most ninth-graders during her tenure. Sarsen was quite clear when she told me, prior to the season, that she didn’t know what to expect.

While Sarsen was unsure of what the season would bring, she was treated to a special conclusion by her team, especially by the intense Fiore.

Lakeland would win the Section 1 Class A title, beating nemesis Brewster, which had triumphed over the Hornets in the 2000 and 2001 Class B title games. Before the championship-game victory though, Lakeland overcame a rising Mamaroneck team, 5-4 in overtime of a semifinal.

The Hornets ripped their way through regionals and were dominant in the state final four, capping it with a 2-0 victory over Williamsville North in the title game, giving Sarsen a second state championship. Fiore, who was lethal on penalty corners all season with her howitzer shot, scored both goals on corners and was named the MVP.

“This team came out of the blue,” said Sarsen, who has more than 350 career wins. “I think we shocked everyone. It was a revelation to us as if to say, ‘Look what we’ve done.’ ”

Fiore and Coiro had outstanding seasons and the four freshmen all made positive contributions. Section 1 learned that season that Gonzalez (now playing at UConn) was on her way to becoming one of the finest all-around players in Section 1 history. Gonzalez contributed a double-digit goal total that season as did Connolly (now playing at New Hampshire).

Sarsen credited Fiore and Coiro with taking control and showing outstanding leadership.

“Danielle and Andi put this team on their backs,” Sarsen said. “They were not intimidated. They said, ‘Let’s get it done.’ When we got to the state tournament, nobody was intimidated by any team and that was because of Danielle and Andi.”

Even though Lakeland was a sectional finalist in 2004 and was upset by John Jay-East Fishkill in a semifinal in 2005, the Hornet rebounded to win the Section 1 Class A title, 2-1 over Mamaroneck. Melissa Gonzalez played one of the finest games I have ever witnessed as a reporter. Despite drawing double and sometimes triple teams, Gonzalez scored the eventual decisive goal on an outstanding individual effort.

The four seniors who were together since freshmen year – Gonzalez, Connolly, DiSisto and Voelkel – along with classmates Rosemarie Fazio and Jessica Mucci took over during the postseason. The senior class led Lakeland to a second state championship in 2006.

Once this group graduated, questions abounded as to whether Lakeland could repeat. What many did not understand was that the junior class of Caitlin Collins (now playing at Louisville), Chelsea Robinson, Cassie O’Mara, Tara McGovern and Leah DiSisto was an excellent group. Caitlins was a playmaking center midfielder, Robinson a lighting-quick forward who was dangerous any time the ball was on her stick, O’Mara a creator on the wing, McGovern an outstanding defender and scorer on penalty corners and DiSisto a fine goalie who always made the big save.

Lakeland would play Mamaroneck in the Section 1 Class A final and add a second consecutive title. The Hornets reached the 2007 state final, but was surprised by Williamsville North, 2-1. Despite the result, Sarsen was proud of her team, especially the 2008 senior class that was always in the shadow of  the 2007 graduating class.

November 20, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

2003 season – Mamaroneck

Prior to the 2003 season, Mamaroneck was a continuing work in progress under coach John Savage.

The Tigers were progressing, recording at least a .500 record and qualifying for sectionals each year. However, as Savage pointed out, Mamaroneck was stuck in neutral in sectionals. The Tigers qualified, but first-round games proved to be a stumbling block. This changed with the 2003 regular season and sectionals.

Mamaroneck earned a top three seed and won its first two sectional games, setting up a Class A semifinal with Lakeland at Putnam Valley. The result was the most memorable sectional game of that postseason as Lakeland overcame Mamaroneck, 5-4 in ovetime. Even though it was a heartbreaking loss (Mamaroneck finished 14-2-3 on the season), it showed that Mamaroneck had arrived as an emerging Section 1 power. It also motivated the Tigers who returned in 2004 and began a run that has brought Mamaroneck to among the top programs in Section 1 and in New York.

Mamaroneck would meet Lakeland in the Class A championship game and emerge with a 1-0 victory. The Tigers claimed their first regional title as K.J. Warren scored on a penalty stroke in a 1-0 victory over Ward Melville on their way to the state championship, becoming the first Mamaroneck varsity team to achieve this honor. Mamaroneck won its second consecutive sectional title in 2005 and advanced to the Class A state final. Mamaroneck reached the sectonal finals in 2006 and ’07 and this season added its third sectional championship and third berth in the state final four.

Savage recalled the 2003 Lakeland game with clarity.

“We were trailing 3-1 when I called a time out and told the girls ‘I can either back up the bus or you can show Lakeland what you are made of,’ ” said Savage, Mamaroneck’s coach since 1996. “We scored three goals in a row to go up 4-3 with four minutes remaining in the game.

“Even though the final result was a negative, we used it as a positive because it hurt so bad. I take responsibility for the loss though, because I didn’t have the girls practice 7 v. 7 and I promised I would never let that happen again.”

Savage said following the bus ride home that night, the whole team went out and practiced once more together. Once Savage and assistant coach Tricia Miller saw this, they knew the team did not want the season to end.

“The girls began having dinners and going to movies even after the season ended,” Savage said. “The girls put in the extra time, playing winter league and summer league. The girls wanted the season to start they day after the Lakeland game.”

Savage and Miller were fortunate to have an outstanding senior class for the 2004 season and talented group of underclassmen. The seniors (that I can remember) included Alexis and Jillian Cotugno, who played wing and defense,  respectively. Katie Devaney (who played field hockey at Georgetown) was an excellent two-way center midfielder and Katherine Sampson was a lockdown outside back. Mamaroneck also had two great outside midfielders in junior Midori Uehara (who is playing at Stanford) and sophomore K.J. Warren (who is playing at Harvard).

Savage made it a point to emphasize that the program would not be enjoying this success had it not been for Tricia Miller’s input and guidance. Miller was a standout at Rye Neck for legendary coach Gail Stevenson. Miller went on to play Division I field hockey and has been at Mamaroneck with Savage since he began coaching field hockey in 1994.

Here is a look at Mamamroneck’s yearly record since 2000:

2000: 11-4-3

2001: 8-5-3

2002: 6-6-2

2003: 14-2-3

2004: 20-0-2 — State Champions

2005: 18-1-3 — State Finalist

2006: 18-1-1 — Sectional Finalist

2007: 15-3-2 — Sectional Finalist

2008: 21-1 — Regional Finalist

2009: 19-1-2 — State Final Four (to this point)

Mamaroneck’s record since 2003 is: 125-9-13.

November 19, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment