Greene sets sights on program’s seventh state title

Greene’s field hockey players know all too well how elusive a championship can be. The 2009 New York State champions lost in the semifinals the past two years in penalty stroke-offs, essentially a skills competition. The Trojans, though, won’t be the only team on the Cicero-North Syracuse High School field Saturday morning familiar with that heart-breaking feeling. Greenwich, Section II champions the previous two years, lost in the Class C state finals last year, in overtime no less, to Cazenovia.

The unbeaten Trojans steamrolled Cazenovia last week ending the Lakers’ 40-game winning streak. As easy as that win appeared to the layman field hockey fan, Greene head coach Sue Carlin was quite to note the victory was far from easy. “We had to work awfully hard to put ourselves in position to score,” Carlin said of last weekend’s victory. “We just took advantage of some situations.”

Greenwich has won 19 of 20 games this season, and despite being outshot by Bronxville earlier this week 14-6, made its two first-half goals stand up to advance to the final four. Abby Dusha tallied seven minutes in, and Leah Foster added an insurance tally at the midway point of the period. Putting a cap on the Bronxville offense was Witches keeper Sam Whitehouse, who made 14 saves.

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