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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.

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

Lakeland vs. Garden City preview

Field hockey fans can very well be treated to the Class B state championship game with the Lakeland-Garden City semifinal.

Two of New York State’s premier programs will open final four weekend 9:30 a.m. Friday at Vestal High School. The other Class B semi will match Maine-Endwell (Section 4) and Amherst (Section 6) at 11:30 a.m. The winners will meet for the state title Saturday, 10 a.m.

Lakeland has won two state championships this decade (2003 and ’06) and was a state finalist in 2007. Garden City (Section 8) won state titles in 2005, ’06 and ’08. It lost to Rye, 1-0 in double overtime in the 2007 final as Olivia Nabhan scored the game-winner on a pass from Colleen Carey. Garden City also reached the state final in 2001. Overall, Garden City leads all Long Island schools with six state crowns.

Lakeland, 20-0-1 on the season, and Garden City met for the 1998 Class B state title, won by Garden City, 1-0 in overtime.

“As good as we’ve been, they’ve been just as good on their side,” Lakeland coach Sharon Sarsen said. “Certain programs have a readition of excellence. Greene and Garden City are two that have it.”

Lakeland has been a machine, scoring at will and limiting teams to few, if any shots. Megan Bozek and Nikki Schultz have been the Hornets’ creative forces, enabling sophomore forwards Emma Bozek and Shannon Scavelli to reap the benefits. Defensively, Jillian Caffrey, Bridget McGovern, Chelsea Remling and Alex Fitzpatrick have been an impenetrable barrier.

Remling has been excellent since Sarsen moved the junior from left midfield to right back. Remling has enabled Lakeland to balance the field and add another fine stick to move the ball out of the defensive zone and up the field to either Megan Bozek or Nikki Schultz.

Garden City enters the game with a 19-1 record. The Trojans’ blemish came at the hands of Garden City, 1-0. Garden City advanced to the final four beating Section 11 champion Shoreham-Wading River, 3-1 in the Long Island title game as back Katie Harrington scored two goals.

Even though the two teams did not play during the regular season, Sarsen and Lakeland know Garden City well. Sarsen coached many of the Garden City players in the Futures program and many Lakeland players teamed up with Garden City players in tournaments.

“I know Mariah Pewarski is going to play at Harvard, Eleni Andromidas is going to Boston College and I’m not sure where Katie Harrington is going,” Sarsen said.

This does help Lakeland prepare, but Sarsen understands it will come down to her team excecuting the game plan.

“It comes down to being clean, smart and patient with our tackles in our defnsive third,” Sarsen said. “We also have to limit their corner oportunities. To win a state championship, you have to beat a state champion.”

Class A Final Four schedule:

At Vestal High School

Friday, Nov. 20

Lakeland vs. Garden City (Section 8), 9:30 a.m.

Maine-Endwell (Section 4)-Amherst (Section 6), 11:30 a.m.

Saturday, Nov. 21

Final

Lakeland-Garden City winner vs. Maine-Endwell-Amherst winner, 10 a.m.

November 18, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Mamaroneck vs. Ward Melville preview

It would be understandable if Mamaroneck entered this Class A state semifinal with Wardx Melville, Friday, 1:30 p.m.  at Vestal High School, with one thing on its collective mind — revenge.

After all, the Section 11 champion and defending state titlist shocked Mamaroneck, 1-0 in the 2008 Class A regional final, sending the Tigers to their only loss, becoming the first team to score on Mamaroneck and surprisingly shutting out the high-powered Mamaroneck offense.

Despite all of this, Mamaroneck coach John Savage does not want his girls consumed with retribution.

“I don’t want this to be the all-engulfing aspect going there,” said the veteran coach, who guided Mamaroneck to its fourth sectional title since 2004 and third state final-four berth. “I don’t want the girls to create a mindset that we want to beat them to get even. We want to play the best field hockey we can play and see what happens.”

Following Mamaroneck-Ward Melville will be other Class A semi: Williamsville North (Section 6) vs. Greene (Section 4) at 3:30 p.m. The winners play for the championship noon Saturday.

Savage reminded his veterans how they felt following the Ward Melville game last season.

“The girls know how much it hurt and we don’t want them to have that feeling again this year,” Savage said. “We want them to be the best field hockey team they can be.”

In order for Mamaroneck, with a 19-1-2 record, to accomplish this. the revenge aspect has to be all but dismissed because it can distort the team’s focus.

“The girls know how important this game is,” said Savage, who won a state championship in 2004 and was a state finalist in 2005. “What I’ve said to the girls is that they have to maintain focus. They need 100 percent focus on field hockey and the girls agree with that. We are going there with one goal — to win a state championship.”

Ward Melville enters the game with an 18-1 record. The Patriots lone loss was to Smithtown East, who they would beat in the Section 11 final. Ward Melville punched its ticket for the final with a 4-0 win over Section 8 titlist Massapequa.

“They did lose six starters, according to my roster, but they have three to four dynamic players,” Savage said.

Savage was referring to the midfield trio of Georgia Holland, Callie Vitalo and Abby Beltrani. Vitallo scored twice and Holland added a goal in the victory over Massapequa. 

“They play with four midfielders so we will need to find a way to break through that wall,” Savage said.

Ward Melville will face a similar barrier when it comes up against a Mamaroneck defense that has turned up the intensity in the postseason. The quintet of  Kristin D’Alba, Heather Noto, Emma Murphy, Emily Allen and Jessica Gardiner enabled goalie Katie Stuntz to blank a high-scoring Nisakyuna team, which had outscored its opponents 60-4.

Savage feels his team is playing at a higher level with each post-season game.

“I’m happy for this team because deep down inside themselves I don’t know how good they thought they were, but they now know,” Savage said.

Class A Final Four schedule:

At Vestal High School

Friday, Nov. 20

Mamaroneck vs. Ward Melville (Section 11), 1:30 p.m.

Williamsville North (Section 6) vs. Greene (Section 4), 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 21

Final

Mamaroneck-Ward Melville winner vs. Williamsville North-Greene winner, noon

November 18, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

All-Elite dinner honors the players and coaches

Congratulations to the players who were selected all-Elite, all-Elite honorable mention, all-State and Golden Dozen tonight at the annual All-Elite Dinner held at the Colonial Terrace.

Here are the all-Elite selections by conference lsted by name, year in school, position and school:

Conference 1:

Megan Bozek, sr., MF, (Lakeland);  Jillian Caffrey, sr., D, (Lakeland); Bridget McGovern, sr., D, (Lakeland); Leanne Goldblatt, jr., D, (Lakeland); Nikki Schultz, jr., MF, (Lakeland); Amanda DiDomizio, jr., G, (Lakeland); Emma Bozek, soph., F, (Lakeland); Shannon Scavelli, soph., F,(Lakeland); Michaela Spannaus, soph., F, (Brewster); Sarah McCormack, sr., D, (Carmel); Abigail Armstrong,  jr., MF, (Mahopac); Kate Malone, sr.,  MF, (Ossining); Katy O’Hanlon, sr., MF, (Ossining); Abby Seelig, sr., D, (Ossining); Gabrielle Veteri, sr., F, (Yorktown); Michelle Teplensky, sr., F/MF, (North Salem); Amanda DeChent, sr., F, (Putnam Valley); Hannah Tavella, sr., MF, (Putnam Valley); Jennifer Bellucci, jr., MF, (Pawling); Samantha Jorgensen, jr., F, (Pawling); Meaghan Lahm, sr., MF, (Dover); Stephanie Karn, jr., D, (Arlington); Daniella Bernasconi, jr., MF, (John Jay-East Fishkill); Jade Dennett, jr., D, (John Jay-East Fishkill); Sophia Rhodes, jr., G, (Our Lady of Lourdes); Lindsey Valentino, sr., MF, (RC Ketcham). 

Conference II:

Nicole Merigliano, sr., F, (Mamaroneck); Heather Noto, sr., D (Mamaroneck); Jillian Richards, sr., MF; Katie Stuntz, sr., G (Mamroneck); Jessica Gardiner, soph., D (Mamroneck); Emily Knapp, jr., ,G (Scarsdale); Katheryn Peruski, jr., MF (Scarsdale); Brooke Gogel, sr., F (Bronxville); Maggie Goff, sr., D (Bronxville); Bizzie Howitt, sr., MF (Bronxville); Rachel Kim, sr., F (Bronxville); Annie Longobardo, sr., D (Bronxville); Kelsey DeCourcey, sr., D (Hastings); Lisa Bucci, sr., F (Irvington).

Conference III:

Jenn Pollock, sr., G (Fox Lane); Lindsay Toppe, jr., MF (Fox Lane); Cheryl Cho, sr., F (Horace Greeley); Casey Bocklet, jr., F (John Jay-Cross River); Olivia Nabhan, sr., D (Rye); Torie Stearns, sr., F (Rye); Annie Van Wagenan, soph, MF (Rye); Jessica Colton, jr. MF (Briarcliff); Melissa Colton, jr., F (Briarcliff); Victoria Trentini, jr.,  (Briarcliff); Samantha Stump, sr., G (Harrison); Jill Sue, sr., MF (Pleasantville); Lauren Arnau, sr., F (Valhalla); Tamara Tribble, sr., MF (Valhalla).

Conference IV:

Micaela DeSimone, sr., D (Suffern); Danielle Conklin, sr., MF (Suffern); Allie Califano, jr., F (Suffern); Monica Callan, sr., MF (North Rockland); Deirdre O’Neill, jr., MF (Clarkstown South).

Here are the players selected all-Elite Honorable Mention:

Lindsay Kirk (Carmel); Caitlin Baranowski (Mahopac); Aileen Kurpis (Yorktown); Lizetta Solarik (North Salem);  Erin Flaherty (Croton); Alyssa Picariello (Hen Hud); Erica Wharton (Putnam Valley); Casandra Honovich (Panas); Caroline Clarke (Mamaroneck); Madeleine Despins (Mamaroneck); Gabrielle Grantham (Bronxville); Amanda Rodriguez (Bronxville); Dana Borelli (Hastings); Brittney Myers (Irvington); Kim Gigante (Fox Lane); Erica Cinque (John Jay-Cross River); Emma Brinkman (Rye); Rachel Chin (Rye); Catherine Orza (Briarcliff); Melissa Schulman (Harrison); Liz King (Pleasantville); Rebecca Moore (Pleasantville); Christine Stocks (Nanuet); Rachel Neabore (Nyack); Lindsay Cohen (Suffern); Toni Pjetri (Suffern); Margot Ehrlich (Scarsdale); Carly Levine (Scarsdale); Becca Nani (Arlington); Cassie Durland (John Jay-East Fishkill); Carly Gruimaudo (John Jay-East Fishkill); Erin Wood (Dover); Samantha Baughman (Pawling); Jennifer Rabe (Pawling).

All-State selections:

Megan Bozek (Lakeland); Jillian Caffrey (Lakeland), Bridget McGovern (Lakeland); Leanne Goldblatt (Lakeland); Nikki Schultz (Lakeland); Emma Bozek (Lakeland); Shannon Scavelli (Lakeland); Jillian Richards (Mamroneck); Katie Stuntz (Mamaroneck); Jessica Gardiner (Mamaroneck); Brooke Gogel (Bronxville); Rachel Kim (Bronxville); Annie Longobardo (Bronxville); Olivia Nabhan (Rye); Torie Stearns (Rye); Annie Van Wagenen (Rye); Melissa Colton (Briarcliff); Jill Sue (Pleasantville); Danielle Conklin (Suffern); Hannah Tavella (Putnam Valley); Danielle Bernasconi (John Jay-East Fishkill); Jade Dennett (John Jay-East Fishkill); Kate Malon (Ossining); Emily Knapp (Scarsdale).

Golden Dozen selections based on academics, field hockey and community service:

Cheryl Cho (Horace Greeley); Brooke Goegl (Bronxville); Rachel Kim (Bronxville); Annie Longobardo (Bronxville); Casi Lumbra (Ursuline); Lauren Moetell (Scarsdale); Kaila Pederson (Rye Neck); Jenn Pollock (Fox Lane); Elizabeth Pon (Rye Neck); Katie Stuntz (Mamaroneck); Jill Sue (Pleasantville); Michelle Teplensky (North Salem).

Section 1 Field Hockey Coaches Association Scholarship winners:

Megan Bozek (Lakeland) and Bridget McGovern (Lakeland).

Conference coaches of the year:

Conference I — Alison Carl, Ossining

Conference II — Courtnie Egan, Bronxville

Conference III – Sara Gonzalez, Harrison

Conference IV — Bernadette Gannon, Suffern

Congratulations to the players for an oustanding season, as well as the coaches and the parents.

And thank you to the Section 1 Field Hockey Coaches Association for inviting me to the dinner. It was nice to see all of the coaches who have always been very cooperative with me. It was also nice to see the players, many of whom I remember watching as freshmen and now they are seniors. The four that come to mind immediately are Rye’s Olivia Nabhan (who would score the game-winning goal in double overtime of the 2007 state Class B final in a 1-0 win over Garden City) and Torie Stearns (who scored the winning goal in the 2008 Empire State Games scholastic women’s field hockey gold-medal game giving Hudson Valley an unprecedented fourth straight gold medal) and Bronxville’s Brooke Gogel and Rachel Kim. (This tandem collaborated on the winning goal in overtime of the 2009 Class C championship game) I recall then Rye coach Kevin Kelly telling me to keep an eye on this tandem and Bronxville coach Courtnie Egan letting me know that Gogel and Kim were going to be very good. Both coaches were right.

And before I forget, thank you to Briarcliff coach Kelly Adams, assistant coach Danielle Fiore (who, along with Andi Coiro, led Lakeland to the 2003 state Class A title. Fiore was named MVP of the state final four.) and the Briarcliff parents, specifically Mrs. Trentini and Mr./Mrs. Colton, and players for allowing me to sit with you.

And thank you to Ursuline coach April Clapp for catching me off guard. Here I figured I would get to see all of the coaches and players again and enjoy a nice meal, but Coach Clapp blind-sided me by telling me I would have to announce. There went my relaxing night. This all happened during coffee and dessert. I’m just glad that Coach Adams didn’t take my ice cream. Although coaches Adams and Fiore made sure I received a cup of coffee and ice cream.

November 18, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 4 Comments

All-Elite Dinner Tuesday

The all-Elite field hockey dinner will be held 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Colonial Terrace in Cortland Manor.

The players selected all-elite, all-elite honorable mention, all-state and named to the Golden Dozen will be honored. Once I receive the list of players I will post it.

 

November 17, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Connolly & McGovern earn honors

Former Lakeland standouts Tara McGovern and Kara Connolly recently earned all-conference honors at their respective schools.

McGovern, a 2008 Lakeland gradate and Salisbury sophomore, was named the Capital Athletic Conference field hockey player of the year as well as first team all-CAC. McGovern was the 2008 CAC rookie of the year and first-team selection. McGovern, who plays defense, has four goals and five assists on the season. McGovern scored a goal as Salisbury recently defeated SUNY-Cortland, 3-2 in a third-round NCAA Division III Championship matchup. McGovern was an outstanding defender on Lakeland’s 2006 state-championship team and 2007 state finalist team.

Connolly, a 2007 Lakeland graduate and New Hampshire junior, was selected to the America East Conference second team. The excellent all-around midfielder had one goal and eight assists on the season. Connolly played on the 2003 and ’06 state-title-winning teams. Connolly was Section 1’s most underrated player, especially during her senior year, when she used her creative skills to set up her teammates. 

Congratulations Tara and Kara.

November 16, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Looking back on Lakeland and Mamaroneck

Congratulations again to Lakeland and Mamaroneck on winning their respective regional titles and advancing to the state fnal four.

This week I will look back at both programs and the tremendous runs each program has had, starting with 2003. That is when Lakeland won the state championship and Mamaroneck took the next step in its progression toward becoming one of Section 1’s elite programs. The reason I start with 2003 is two-fold. Mamaroneck took Lakeland to overtime before the Hornets prevailed, 5-4. I remember walking onto the Putnam Valley turf and seeing a Mamaroneck team that had played its collective hearts out, but Lakeland found a way to win. The following year Mamaroneck beat Lakeland in the Class A final on its way to the state championship.

Lakeland entered the 2003 season with three seniors – Danielle Fiore, Andi Coiro and Alicia Wolf. Sarsen didn’t know what to expect and told me this when I was working at a daily newspaper as the field hockey beat writer. Sarsen did tell me that she was high on a talented freshmen group of Kara Connolly, Rebecca DiSisto, Amy Voelkel and Melissa Gonzalez, who was the third Gonzalez sister to play for Sarsen. This quartet was instrumental in helping Lakeland win a state title.

I will talk to Lakeland coach Sharon Sarsen and Mamaroneck coach John Savage.

November 15, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Mamaroneck & Lakeland win

Sorry for the delay in getting this posted (I was at a family party today). Mamaroneck defeated Section 9 titlist Kingston, 2-1 in the Class A regional final and Lakeland thumped Section 9 champ Red Hook, 5-0 in the Class B regional final.

Jillian Richards opened the scoring on a penalty corner for Mamaroneck, assisted by Jessica Gardiner. Madaleine Despins had the Tigers’ second goal with the assist going to Sara Hoffman. 

Mamaroneck advances to its third state final four of the decade and will play Ward Melville (Section 11), 1:30 p.m. in one semifinal at Vestal High School. Greene (Section 4) and Williamsville North (Section 6) will follow at 3:30 p.m. in the other Class A semi. Ward Melville upset Mamaroneck in a 2008 Class A regional final, halting the Tigers’ run to a possible state championship. Mamaroneck won a state championship in 2004 and was a state finalist in 2005.

Lakeland will be playing in its fourth state final four this decade. Lakeland will take on Garden City (Section Eight) in one Class B semifinal, beginning at 9:30 followed by Maine-Endwell (Section 4)-Amherst (Section 6) in the other Class B semi at 11:30 a.m. at Vestal High School.

Lakeland earned its fourth state final-four berth with a dominating performance, not allowing a Red Hook shot on goal or penalty corner and scoring four goals on its own corners. Bridget McGovern scored the first two goals of the game followed by Megan Bradbury, Emma Bozek and Megan Bozek. The Bozek sisters also had an assist each. Jillian Caffrey, Chelsea Remling and Shannon Scavelli also registered assists.

I think many people will agree with me when I say Lakeland-Garden City will be the state title game. Whoever wins this game will win in the state final. Lakeland won state championships in 2003 and ’06 and was a state finalist in 2007.

Section 1 continues its decade of dominance. Every year Section 1 has had at least one team playing in the state final four and with exception of 2008, Section 1 has had at least one state champion every year this decade.

No other section in the state can make this claim.

Congratulations to Mamaroneck and Lakeland. All the best in Vestal.

And for you avid field hockey fans who follow state-wide results, the East Rochester-Marathon Class C state semifinal will be an excellent game. These two teams have become annual finalists with East Rochester beating Marathon for the 2008 state title.

November 15, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

State Regional Final preview

Lakeland and Mamaroneck are one victory away from a trip to the state final four at Vestal High School next weekend. Lakeland will play Section 9 champion Red Hook, noon, Saturday at the Sports Dome in Milton, followed at 2 p.m. by Mamaroneck taking on Kingston at 2 p.m.

Class B

Lakeland vs. Red Hook, noon: The Hornets do  have an explosive can score at will, especially on penalty corners, and a defense that is downright miserly. After a one-goal first half in the regional semi against Glens Falls, Lakeland (19-0-1 record)  erupted for four goals in the second half, including two on corners. The defense limited Glens Falls to just two shots. Lakeland’s quartet of Jillian Caffrey, Bridget McGovern, Chelsea Remling and Alex Fitzpatrick have been playing together for two years and they are outstanding. Lakeland has allowed four goals this season. Red Hook defeated the 2008 Section 9 titlist, Rondout Valley, 1-0 in the Section 9 final on a Sophia Spagnoli goal. Red Hook is 11-3-1 on the season. The winner of this game secures a spot in the state final four and will play the winner of Garden City (Section 8)-Shoreham Wading River (Section 11) Friday, 9:30 a.m. at Vestal High School. Garden City is the 2008 state Class B champs. Amherst (Section 6) has advanced to the state final four. The Maine-Endwell (Section 4)-Camden (Section 3) also moves on to the state final four.

Class A

Mamaroneck vs. Kingston, 2 p.m.: Mamaroneck prides itself on its defense and this was never more evident than in its regional semi-final win over Section 2 champ Niskayuna. The Tigers thwarted 10 Niskayuna penalty corners and the defense made sure Lindsay Mayo did not get a clean shot on goal. Mamaroneck (17-1-2) has accomplished this despite losing the majority of its defense to graduation. No sweat though for Mamaroneck as Heather Noto, Jessica Gardiner, Emma Murphy and Kristen D’Alba have combined with goalie Katie Stuntz to continue the program’s tradition of excellent defenders. During Mamaroneck’s rise to Section 1’s elite beginning in 2004, the Tigers have won four sectional titles and played in six consecutive Section 1 Class A finals. They have done this with an excellent defense. Each season though, Mamaroneck’s defense is overshadowed by a potent offense. However, this season it has been the defense taking center stage. Kingston enters the game with a 16-0-1 record. Kingston crushed Pine Bush, 5-0 in the Section 9 final as Sarah Perry, Ali Ferraro and Carly Stote each had a goal and an assist. Kingston also defeated Niskayuna, 1-0 this season. The winner of this game will play the winner of Massapequa (Section 8)-Ward Melville (Section 11) Friday, 1:30 p.m. at Vestal High School. A Mamaroneck and Ward Melville win would be the first meeting of the two teams since the 2008 regional final when Ward Melville upset Mamaroneck. Greene (Section 4) and Rome Free Academy (Section 3) play for the right to face Williamsville North (Section 6) in a state semifinal.

All the best to Lakeland and Mamaroneck.

November 14, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Hoosick Falls shocks Bronxville, 1-0

Bronxville coach Courtnie Egan just let me know that Section 2 champion Hoosick Falls upset Bronxville, 1-0 in a state Class C regional semifinal at Shenendehowa High School in Clifton Park.

Hoosick Falls will play Section 9 titlist Pine Plains in a regional final Saturday, 4 p.m. at the Sports Dome in Milton.

This was Bronxville’s first loss of the season and first time its high-powered offense was held off the scoreboard.

 

November 12, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment