Mamaroneck High School beat Saratoga during their regional field hockey game at Lakeland High School, Nov. 3, 2018.
Mark Vergari, firstname.lastname@example.org
The last time the Mamaroneck field hockey team qualified for states, it won the Class A championship.
Elizabeth Brissette, Brigid Knowles, Caroline Allen and Erin Cotter were freshmen, pretty much just along for the ride.
But that doesn’t mean they didn’t absorb and revel in the experience.
“It was a really special feeling,” Brissette recalled.
And Brissette and company took a step Saturday toward reliving it.
Brissette scored twice – once off a Knowles pass – and once on a penalty stroke — as the Tigers blanked Section 2’s Saratoga Springs 2-0 at Lakeland High School in a Class A regional state final. The win advances the Tigers to next weekend’s state semifinals.
Mamaroneck’s Caitlin Rogoff follows the action of the ball, during action against Saratoga during their regional field hockey game at Lakeland High School, Nov. 3, 2018. (Photo: Mark Vergari/The Journal News)
The game was scoreless when Mamaroneck scored on its eighth corner of the second half, with 20:04 remaining.
“We were kind of struggling (on corners),” said Knowles, who added Brissette “really put it away for us.”
Brissette made it 2-0 with 17:45 left, beating Blue Streak goalie Kristen Rodecker low left.
What it means
Mamaroneck, which edged Section 9’s Kingston 1-0 in the regional semifinal, will play either Section 4’s Maine-Endwell or Section 3’s Cicero-North Syracuse Saturday at 10 a.m. at Williamsville North High School, which is outside Buffalo.
Player of the game
Two players earned player of the game honors.
Brissette provided all the offense Mamaroneck needed and intercepted multiple Saratoga passes, including one with Knowles serving a penalty.
But Knowles played an equally effective game. She was assigned to shut down the Blue Streaks’ top player, Lindsey Frank. And Knowles did just that, receiving help from a couple of players, including Sophia Kersholt, the last several minutes of the game as Saratoga, desperate for a goal, constantly tried to get the ball to Frank.
“We sacrificed Brigid offensively,” Mamaroneck coach John Savage said. “But E (Brissette) controlled the middle. Brigid was on Lindsey Frank and basically didn’t let her touch the ball. We double- and triple-teamed her (late in the game). That’s the kind of respect we have for that young lady,” Savage said of Frank.
Mamaroneck’s Erin Cotter in action against Saratoga during their regional field hockey game at Lakeland High School, Nov. 3, 2018. (Photo: Mark Vergari/The Journal News)
By the numbers
Mamaroneck had 12 penalty corners to Saratoga Springs’ six.
Rodecker was strong in net for Saratoga. She had 10 stops, including one diving save.
Mamaroneck keeper Samantha Maresca stopped one shot for the shutout.
Mamaroneck dominated early. It opened with a few corners and a Tiger shot hit the left post with about 17 minutes left in the first half.
Savage credited Saratoga for stopping all but one Mamaroneck corner.
“We got shots but didn’t get deflections,” he said, adding, “It was a regional game. You’re not going to blow out most teams.”
Mamaroneck lost in last year’s regionals.
Of returning to states, Knowles said, “It’s really nice. We really did it for last year’s seniors and for everyone who came through the program and fell short. I know we’ll do great things when we get up there.”
Brissette said this will be the first time she, Knowles, Cotter and Allen will “really be experiencing” states (as key parts of the team) and it’s great. … Coming into this weekend,” she said, “we’re going to put it on ourselves to recreate that (2015 feeling), so we can go as far as we can.”
Read or Share this story: https://www.lohud.com/story/sports/high-school/lohud-field-hockey/2018/11/03/field-hockey-mamaroneck-returns-states-2-0-win-over-saratoga/1829978002/