BREWSTER – Another year, another team, and the streak continues for Lakeland field hockey.
The top-seeded Hornets defeated No. 2 Rye 4-1 Tuesday night at Brewster High School in the Section 1 Class B finals to with title number eight. The win keeps alive their streak of wins against New York State opponents dating back to 2008.
For everyone on the team, the feeling never gets old.
“It really doesn’t,” Lakeland junior Kelsey McCrudden said. “We work for it every single day of every single year so the moment we get here, we take it all in.”
While Cameron Lischinsky agrees, the senior has a little different take on the Hornets eighth-straight title.
“I took last year off,” Lischinsky said. “Feeling this again and to come back with my teammates is the greatest feeling ever.”
The game didn’t start out rosy for the Hornets, as Kelly Ott gave the second-seeded Garnets the 1-0 lead a little over three minutes into the game.
“We didn’t have a great warmup,” Hornets coach Sharon Sarsen said. “I don’t know if it was cause we weren’t comfortable or the nerves. I wasn’t thrilled with the warmup even though not that they weren’t working hard but we were just a little off, so I’m glad they got angry after the goal and came back harder.”
After that, the Hornets offense took control of the game and were able to answer with 15:15 left in the half on a goal by McCrudden that was set up by Emily Kness.
They rattled off two goals on corners by junior Caroline Cahill on assists from Lischinsky to give the Hornets a 3-1 lead going into the half.
“They had a very fast flyer,” Cahill said. “I think we had to change our game plan for that. I think never giving up after the play really helped us. My first corner goal, she blocked it and it was a rebound.”
Senior Meghan Fahey capped the scoring for the Hornets a little over three minutes into the second half.
The Hornets’ offense dominated the game. Lakeland had 20 penalty corners to Rye’s two.
Garnets first-year coach Simon Hochstenback was proud of the way his young Garnets performed.
“We had a very good start in the beginning,” Hochstenback said. “We were hoping for more but in these games if you play them 100 times you might win one and you just have to be lucky once in a while. (Lakeland) is such a great team. I can’t blame my team we had an amazing season.”
Section 1 has a bye into the regional finals, where Lakeland (17-0-2) will play Section 9’s Red Hook at Valhalla High School on Saturday at 11 a.m. to lead off the triple-header of state field hockey action. The winner adavances to the state final four, which starts on Nov. 12.