VESTAL – Greene’s field hockey team went 1 and 0 for the 20th time this season. The last of those victories brought home the school’s sixth New York State championship.
Greene maintained a stingy brand of defense that did not allow a single goal against the best teams in the state, and blanked Mamoraneck of Section I, 1-0, Saturday afternoon at Dick Hoover Field in the Class A title game.
It was the first state title for Greene since 2002 when the Trojans captured the Class B championship under head coach Sue Carlin. The victory also makes up for a state semifinals disappointment a year ago that has served as motivation for this year’s perfect 20-0 season.
“When we walked off the field last year, the first thing out of our mouths was, ‘we’ll get it next year,’” said Greene senior tri-captain, Erin Smith.
Carlin, who now has four coaching state titles – two at Maine-Endwell to go with her two at Greene – made it her job to keep her veteran team focused on the next game, a tough chore for a club that breezed through an unbeaten regular season with its closest game a 1-0 win early on against Maine-Endwell.