Ward Melville's Hannah Lorenzen (17) sends the ball past Mamaroneck's Megan Mullaney (22) during the state Class A hockey final on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, at Maine-Endwell High School.
Lakeland won its seventh consecutive NYSPHSAA Class B state championship with a 4-1 victory over No. 4 Garden City. Dana Bozek scored two goals in the final game of her illustrious five-year career. The Hornets not only won another state title, but picked up victories over the No. 2, No. 4, No. 6, No. 8, and No. 10 teams in the Tri-State along the way. The win streak is at 74 games.
The Tigers won their second straight state championship with a 1-0 double-overtime victory over No. 5 Ward Melville. Sophomore Brigid Knowles spent the season on the JV, but a postseason call-up puts her in Mamaroneck field hockey lore with the game-winning goal, the first in her varsity career. Senior Lizzie Clarke finished the year with 34 goals and 28 assists.
Oak Knoll won its fourth straight state championship with a 4-2 victory over Bishop Eustace. Sophomore goalie Jordan McKinley made 13 saves, including nine in a good first half. Ali McCarthy had a goal and two assists. Kendall Hannon, Angela Kenney, and Gabby Andretta each scored a goal as well. The Royals have the Tournament of Champion semifinals next.
Garden City finished up another remarkable season with a 4-1 defeat to No. 1 Lakeland in the state final. The Trojans reached the championship game after topping Burnt Hills 4-3 in a shootout in the state semifinal. Devon Heaney and Emily Clarke had two goals apiece in the victory.
Kerri Thornton’s lone goal in a 1-0 victory over Shenenedowa propelled Ward Melville into the Class A state championship game, but the Patriots couldn’t solve No. 2 Mamaroneck in 1-0 double overtime loss in the state title game. Ward Melville had opportunities including six consecutive penalty corners in the first overtime but couldn’t convert.
Rye leaps back up the Top 10 after No. 1 Lakeland and No. 2 Mamaroneck, the only two blemishes on the season, won state championships. Fusine Govaert and Abby Abate were excellent all season long and goalie Ali Howard had some big-time performances.
Madison jumps into the rankings after a huge 5-0 win over Wall in the Group 2 state championship game. The Dodgers topped Wall 5-4 the previous season. Emilie Flamme made 11 saves in the shutout and five different players scored goals. Madison faces No. 3 Oak Knoll in the TOC semifinals.
Darien’s season came to a crashing halt after falling 3-2 in overtime to No. 10 Wilton in the Class L state quarterfinals. The Blue Wave topped Wilton twice during the season including the FCIAC championship, but couldn’t hold off the Warriors a third time despite a 2-0 halftime lead. Laura Schwartzman and Georgia Cassidy had the final goals of the season.
Miller Place won the Suffolk County Class B crown and the Suffolk County small schools crown this year before falling to Garden City in the Long Island Championship. Crystal Esposito led MP with 24 goals and seven assists. Allison Turturro, Alyssa Parrella, and Ariana Esposito were vital in this season’s success as well.
The Warriors reached their fifth consecutive state championship game appearance with a 5-0 victory over Conard, but it was the 3-2 come-from-behind win over No. 8 Darien that made the biggest splash. Emma Rosen scored in overtime for the victory after Jillian Mahon and Maddie Duffy scored in the second half to force OT. The Warriors are looking for their fourth state title in five years.