November 23, 2014 |
LAWRENCE, N.J. - The celebration, the screaming, and the cheering were predictably toned down - the Eastern field hockey team had been here before. And the most powerful moment on the field after the game came when Austyn Cuneo, by herself for a brief second, looked down and cried. Her teammates were quick to rally around their leader, and soon the Vikings, in stark contrast to the traditional team-wide dog pile after such a big win, shared a group hug. The Vikings won their third straight Tournament of Champions title with a 3-2 victory over Oak Knoll on a freezing Friday night at Rider University.
November 21, 2014 |
When the final whistle sounded Wednesday night at Rider University, the fans of the Eastern field hockey team cheered for a victory. But the players did not. They sat in silence and waited to be addressed by a disappointed coaching staff. The Vikings defeated Rumson-Fair Haven, 4-0, in the semifinals of the Tournament of Champions. But the team's reaction said it all - the win wasn't good enough. "I'm a little upset right now," Eastern coach Danyle Heilig said. "I think we had a lot of opportunities that we missed.
November 16, 2014 |
Tara Young had no regrets. "It was my last game, and I gave it my all," Bishop Eustace's senior goalie said after her team's 3-1 loss to Oak Knoll in the Non-Public state field hockey final Saturday at Bordentown. One of just three seniors who saw action for the Crusaders, Young played a strong game in the cage as Eustace pushed one of the state's top programs to the limit on a cold, windy morning. "I couldn't be more proud," Eustace coach Danielle Senior said. "They kept fighting.
November 24, 2013 |
EWING, N.J. - Eighty games ago, Jade Dixon experienced losing for the first and only time of her high school career. Her Eastern field hockey team had fallen in the 2010 Tournament of Champions final to Oak Knoll. It was a crushing and rare setback for the nation's most decorated field hockey team. Like the rest of her teammates who remember the loss, Dixon waited three years for Friday night's rematch. It showed in the game's opening minutes. Dixon weaved around three defenders and scored just 1 minute, 7 seconds into the game, setting the tone in Eastern's 3-0 win over Oak Knoll in the Tournament of Champions final at the College of New Jersey.
June 6, 2013 |
WEST LONG BRANCH N.J. - The win was Moorestown's 50th in a row, a streak spanning just about two full seasons. It's a milestone few teams in any sport can claim. It occurred Wednesday night, a 12-5 victory over Oak Knoll in the Tournament of Champions semifinals at Monmouth University. Both achievements are the kind most girls' lacrosse programs only dream of. But Moorestown didn't give much thought to either. "It's our 50th win in a row?" asked Marie McCool, who led Moorestown with four goals.
November 19, 2012 |
Ocean City won its seventh state field hockey title with a 2-0 victory over Warren Hills Sunday in the Group 3 state championship game. Freshman Jordan Allegretto and sophomore Lauren McNally scored goals for Ocean City (21-1) at the College of New Jersey. Junior goalie Katie Johnson recorded the shutout of Warren Hills (22-3). "I'm so proud of these girls," Ocean City coach Cory Terry said. "They believed in themselves. They kept getting better and better as the year went along, and they carried it through to the end. " Ocean City 0 2 – 2 Warren Hills 0 0 – 0 Goals: OC–Jordan Allegretto, Lauren McNally.
December 10, 2010 |
Brittany Evangelisti's defining moment in field hockey arrived on a November day against Washington Township. Evangelisti, a defender for Eastern, had to wait 10 minutes on the penalty-stroke line while Township's Lindsey Hatch was being treated for a bloody head injury inside the cage. Evangelisti remained composed until Hatch was escorted off the field with Township leading, 3-2, and 1 minute, 14 seconds left in the game. Then, the senior center back fired low and to the left, past the outstretched glove of goalkeeper Chelsea Holland, and the shot slammed against the backboard with a thud to tie the score, 3-3. Eastern went on to win, 4-3, to register a come-from-behind victory and stay undefeated until it lost to Oak Knoll, 4-2, in the Tournament of Champions final.
November 18, 2010 |
FLEMINGTON, N.J. - Eastern showed Bishop Eustace what playing in the Tournament of Champions field hockey semifinals is all about. Cori Allen hustled, weaved and dodged, and made solid inserts on penalty corners to register a hat trick and two assists Wednesday at Hunterdon Central as the Vikings rolled to a 7-1 victory over the Crusaders, who made their debut in the lofty competition. The win improved Eastern to 26-0 and catapulted the 12-time NJSIAA Group 4 state champions to their fourth T of C final in the five-year history of the event.
November 15, 2010 |
TOMS RIVER, N.J. - St. Joseph's magical season came to an abrupt end Sunday against a formidable foe in the NJSIAA Group 1 state field hockey championship. Oak Knoll, which won four state titles from 2005 through 2008, improved its record to 25-0 with superior speed and stick work that declawed the Wildcats, 8-2. St. Joseph, which also entered the game undefeated, slipped to 23-1 and will stay home while the Royals advance to the Tournament of Champions semifinal on Wednesday at Hunterdon Central.
November 14, 2010 |
Three area teams will compete in NJSIAA state field hockey championship games on Sunday at Toms River East High School. In the Group 4 final, Eastern (24-0), the South Jersey champion, is scheduled to clash with Bridgewater-Raritan (22-1), the North 2 titlist, at noon. In Group 1, St. Joseph (23-0), the South champ, is set to meet Oak Knoll (24-0), the North 2 winner, at 2 p.m. In Group 2, Bishop Eustace (19-3), the Central Jersey victor, will meet West Essex (21-2), the North 1 titleholder, at 4 p.m. The Bridgewater-Raritan coaching staff will have the most challenging task of all: How to beat a New Jersey juggernaut.