PEARL RIVER –
It took four years for Shane Carlacci to get Pearl River where it wanted to go, and now the Pirates are looking to ride the momentum of last year’s league championship to an even bigger season this fall.
Courtney Ocasal hits the ball during Pearl River field hockey team practice at Pearl River Middle School on Aug. 20, 2014
“It was something that they had set as a goal for themselves early on, so it was really exciting to set a goal and accomplish that goal,” Carlacci said of the program’s first league title. “We’d like to get off to a good start (this year) and improve our record to help with seeding, come playoff time.”
The Pirates lost just four seniors to graduation and return 17 players from last year. With a roster that boasts 13 seniors, including the UMass-committed Courtney Ocasal and third-year starting goalkeeper Annie McBride, Pearl River should have a lot to look forward to this year.
Ocasal, the reigning Journal News Rockland player of the year, is coming off a 25-goal season, while McBride, who stands 6 feet tall, will utilize her long legs to make life more difficult for opposing players.
So, can Pearl River compete for a section title? “I don’t see why not,” Carlacci said, smiling.