Update on November 21: The Tigers lost 1-0 to the undefeated Greene team in the State championship finals on Saturday, November 21.
Update on November 20: The Mamaroneck schools are reporting that the field hockey tem defeated Ward Melville 2-1 on Friday, November 20 and will advance to semi-final play against a team from Greene in Vestal, NY at noon on Saturday.
Originally Published on November 16: The Mamaroneck varsity field hockey team defeated Kingston 2-1 on Saturday, November 14 to take the regional championship and move on to the state semi-finals in Vestal, NY next Friday, November 20 against the Long Island regional champs, Ward Melville. This is the third time in Mamaroneck’s history that the field hockey team has made it to this point. In 2004 they were crowned state champions and in 2005, they were state runner-ups.
“This is an amazing accomplishment after graduating so many senior players last year,” said Mamaroneck’s director of athletics, Bari Suman. “Our team has worked so hard and achieved so much all season long. Today, the entire team played with all the heart, desire and unselfishness of champions.”
As one of the top four teams in New York State, Mamaroneck’s record is 19-1-2, with 17 shutouts and only 7 goals allowed all season. During the sectionals, Mamaroneck defeated Horace Greeley 4-0. In the quarter-finals they rolled over Fox Lane 2-0. They took Ossining 3-2 in sudden death double overtime in the semi-finals and John Jay Hopewell Junction 3-2 in the Class A sectional championship game. The team then went on to defeat Niskayuna High School from Section 2 in the semi-finals of the regional championships, prior to this weekend’s victory,
Many of the varsity field hockey players have received awards this year, including Katie Stuntz, recipient of the Con Edison award given in recognition of academic excellence and community service combined with exceptional athletic ability. Katie also was named an All-State player. Field hockey players receiving honors include:
- Katie Stuntz – Con Edison and Golden Dozen award winner, All State, All Section, All League
- Jillian Richards – All State, All Section, All League
- Heather Noto – All Section, All League
- Nicole Merigliano – All Section, All League
- Caroline Clarke – Honorable Mention All Section, All League
- Jessica Leddy – All League
- Kristin D’Alba – Honorable Mention All League
- Emma Murphy – Honorable Mention All League
- Madeleine Despins – Honorable Mention All Section, All League
- Emily Allen – Honorable Mention All League
- Jessica Gardiner – All State, All Section, All League
Additionally, the entire varsity field hockey team will be recognized as a Scholar Athlete team for achieving a team average over 90% during the fall season.
Coach John Savage agrees that 2009 was supposed to be a “re-building” year, with six new starters this year. But, at the same time, his confidence in this group of girls was there from the beginning.
“As the girls will tell you, they want this more than anyone. They’re one of the most determined and committed groups I’ve ever had,” said Coach Savage. “But most importantly, they’re all really good solid girls, and we’re proud to have them represent our community at the Final Four.”
Team Survives “Big Scare”
Immediately following Saturday’s game, the team endured what they billed as a “big scare.” The large stuffed tiger that accompanies the team for good luck at playoff games (and earns a special place on the sidelines, along with tiger balloons) was stolen by a group of teenage fans from the opposing team. Some young Mamaroneck boosters and the JV coach’s husband chased after the boys, stopped the getaway van by putting out their arms, and succeeded in rescuing the tiger.
Tough Fight Up Next
Mamaroneck’s Final Four appearance will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, November 20 at Vestal High School. The opponent, Ward Melville, is the team that put a halt to Mamaroneck’s undefeated season a year ago in the regional championship.