GREENE – The developments from Saturday’s Section IV Class C field hockey final can only serve as bad news for Greene’s future opponents.
Ailing senior Emily Conroe, who might have been better served getting treatment for her balky back and hip than playing in frigid conditions, had a goal and an assist, while a brand-new penalty corner play, drawn up just a couple of days earlier, worked to perfection in a 4-0 Trojans shutout of perennial power Marathon.
Unbeaten at 16-0, the veteran-laden Trojans are still developing and adjusting as it enters the state playoffs on the heels of a seventh straight Section IV title. “This group is on a mission this year,” said longtime head coach Sue Carlin. “We know now that it’s one game at a time and we need to keep our focus as we prepare for the next team.”
Hard to believe a team with so many players with state playoff experience would experience a case of the jitters. Carlin said as much after the game as her club struggled early on against the aggressive Olympians. “I think nerves got the best of us,” Carlin said. “Once we settled in and got over that, we played great.”