November 22, 2015 |
UNION, N.J. - For the players, the formula is simple. "Hard work," Nikki Santore said, tears welling up in her eyes after the final game of her high school career. "Hard work and dedication, that's about it. There's no other way to describe it. " For those who watch the team, it feels as if there has to be more to it - as if there's something the Eastern field hockey team knows, something it does that other teams can't grasp. Friday night, Eastern topped Oak Knoll, 5-0, for its fourth consecutive Tournament of Champions title.
November 16, 2015 |
The opening minutes looked more like an ice hockey game. Players were gliding up and down the field at Bordentown. The pace was elevated. The play was physical. The intensity was higher - even for a state championship game. "Every year we come here, it's like we want it even more," Bishop Eustace junior Erin Quinn said. The Crusaders' field hockey team fell just short of a non-public state championship Saturday for the second year in a row. It lost to the same team, Oak Knoll, this time by a score of 4-2. But after the game, players were already thinking about next season.
September 21, 2015 |
Jogging slowly around the field and smacking their sticks against the metal goalposts as they warm up, the Eastern field hockey team conveys an intimidating presence. The Vikings are ranked No. 1 in the nation. They have not lost in 107 games. And they have won the state title for 16 years in a row. But Oak Knoll was not going to go down easy. Oak Knoll, which came within a goal of ending Eastern's winning streak in the Tournament of Champions last season, did not allow a goal in its first three games this season.
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.