Good morning field hockey fans: Debbie Schechter here reporting live from Cicero North Syracuse High School as we are about 15 minutes out from the start of the Class A state finals between Section 11’s Sachem East and Mamaroneck.
To set the scene, both teams are now warming up and as we wait, here is the scenario; if Sachem East wins, this will be there first state field hockey title in school history. If Mamaroneck wins, it will be the school’s first title since 2004.
Update 1: For the first six minutes of the first half the game, possession has gone Mamaroneck’s way as the Tigers have been able to keep play on their offensive side. Their attack has been doing well so far but the Tigers haven’t found the back of the net yet.
Update 2: Injury time out with 20:47 left in the first half for Sachem East as one of the players for the Flaming Arrows goes down on the 15-yard line at the high school. Both teams have huddled up. It is dead silent here at the game.
Update 3: Sachem East’s Kristen Bagley was injured on the play in Tiger territory and good to see her walking off the field gingerly with the assistance of the Sachem East coaching staff. Play resumes. It looks like an ankle injury for Bagley.
Update 4: Mamaroneck had an opportunity in front with a little more than 17 minutes left in the half but a nice save by Sachem East goalie Samantha Alvino. T.O by East with 17:00 to go. Play now back.
Update 5: “Pressure” chant going up by the Mamaroneck faithful that is what the Tigers do and 12:15 left in the half, Gardnier takes a shot from the right side that Alvino deflects high.
Update 6: 9:26 left in the first half, Sachem East gets the first penalty corner of the game and blasts the shot wide.
Update 7: 8:05 remaining in the half, Sachem East gets another penalty corner but fails to convert. Tiger defense holds serve, time out by Mamaroneck with 7:34 left in the first half.
Update 8: About 6:20 left in the half, the Tigers defense plays well as the Flaming Arrows squander another opportunity.
Update 9: 4:06 left in the half, Alicia Meglio has an opportunity in front of the net but Alvio makes another tremendous save.
Update 10: 1:43 left in the half, Cara Trombetta of Sachem East was given a green card by the officials.
Update 11: We are at halftime, with Tigers and the Flaming Arrows tied at 0-0. The offense of the Tigers has been playing well and has had their opportunities but just haven’t been able to get past the wall that is Flaming Arrows goalie Samantha Alvino.
The teams are back on the field and play resumes.
Update 12: 26:12 left in regulation, the Tigers Jessica Gardiner sent the ball in from about 20 yard line and it went wide of the cage.
Update 13: 25:00 left in regulation, the tigers had their first penalty corner of the game but couldn’t convert from in front of the net.
Update 14: 21:00 left in regulation, The Tigers had their best opportunity so far as Jessica Corbin takes a shot from the left post but Samantha Alvino has been a brick wall in the cage for the Flaming Arrows.
Update 15: 19:30 left in regulation, Sachem East gets their third penalty corner of the game but Tigers goalie Nina Kumar makes a kick save in front of the cage, her first save of the game.
Update 16: 16:48 left in regulation, Sachem East had three opportunities in front on their fourth corner of the game, Kumar made two great saves and on the third opportunity, the ball went wide left. 16:16 left in the game, time out Mamaroneck.
Update 17: 15:45, Kumar is matching saves with Alvino and coming up really big for the Tigers right now as we are still scoreless.
Update 18: 13:40 left in regulation, Sachem East broke up the mamaroneck corner.
Update 19: 11:55 left in regulation, Hannah Fitzgerald sent the ball in wide left of the cage.
Update 20: Stil scoreless as we head to under 10 minutes left in regulation. Mamaroneck’s playing better as of late on offense as they get another corner opportunity.
Update 21: Tigers came up empty on the first opportunity with 9:18 left but now with 8:18 left, they can’t convert.
Update 22: Mamaroneck’s having trouble as they can’t convert again on another corner opportunity. With 7:31 remaining in the regulation, the score is still 0-0 as Sachem East takes another time out. Both teams have none remaining.
Update 23: The Tiger faithful is making their presence known as they try and will their team to score. Under seven minutes left in regulation, the pressure is on and the defense is coming up big right now with Sachem East keeping the ball in the Tiger end.
Update 24: 1:40 remaining in regulation, Jessica Corbin has a shot on goal with Hope Joyce trailing but can’t convert.
We have reached the end of regulation. Scoreless through 60 minutes and now we are heading to 10 minute overtime sudden victory periods of seven on seven action.
Update 25: Five minutes of intermission is over, we are beginning the first 10 minute overtime of 7 on 7 play. It is sudden victory play.
Update 26: 7:56 remaining in the overtime, Sachem East’s first opportunity to win the game falls short on the corner as it goes wide right.
Update 27: 5:08 remaining in overtime, Tiger’s Molly Cohen sent the shot on net with Meglio with a chance but the shot went wide left and over the side line.
Update 28: Scarlett Fugazy made a huge play on a Sachem east 2 on 1 and Sachem East will get the corner. 3:54 left, Bagley, who returned into the game towards the end of regulation came out again due to injury. Mamaroneck takes another time out as Kumar made a big save on the left side to keep the Tigers hopes of a state championship alive. 3:36 left in overtime when the time out came.
Update 29: Sachem East has gotten the better of Mamaroneck so far in overtime. Sachem East got another corner with 2:22 left in overtime and it goes wide of the cage.
Update 30: Another penalty corner for Sachem east with under a minute left in the overtime, Kumar kicks it away.
Play ends in the first overtime, 0-0 is the score through 70 minutes of play, the Tigers will have one more opportunity to score as a second 10 minute overtime. If no one scores through 80 minutes of play, then it’s on to penalty strokes to decide the Class A state championship.
Update 31:The second overtime has begun.
Update 32: Corbin had an opportunity on net but Alvino made the save. Fitzgerald had the put back opportunity in the first two minutes of OT but couldn’t convert.
Update 33: 5:49 left in OT, Sachem East with an opportunity but Kumar has the kick save. 0-0 still.
Update 34: Mamaroneck gets the corner with 4:57 left in OT. They couldn’t make the inttial pass but Hannah Fitzgerald takes the second effort shot wide.
Update 35: We are at 1:55 left in OT and still no one has scored. It might come down to strokes.
Update 36: Final minute of overtime with Sachem East with the possession. Tigers are on the defensive.
That is the end of overtime and now we are going to penalty strokes. Each team will have five opportunities to determine the Class A state champion. If that is not enough, it will be sudden victory strokes.
Jessica Gardiner went out for the toss and it seems to me from my vantage point in the press box that Sachem East will go first.
Update 37: Through one round of strokes, 0-0 but Sachem East gets the first but Corbin ties it through two rounds.
Update 38: Tied through two rounds.
Update 39: Both scored. 2-2 in strokes
Update 40: Scarlett Fugazy has the chance to win it in regulation strokes but Alvino comes up big for Sachem East. It’s 2-2. And now we head to a sixth round of strokes. Meglio will shoot for Mamaroneck.
Update 41: After the toss, Sachem East will again go first.
Update 42: Jessica Caruana scored for Sachem East. Jessica Gardiner took the shot for Mamaroneck and it went off the post. Sachem East won in 3-2. in strokes