It’s safe to say that Mamaroneck has become the gold standard in Field Hockey around Section 1, if not New York State, during Coach Savage’s tenure.
Since 2004, Mamaroneck field hockey teams have played in 12 straight sectional championships, winning nine of them, and nine regional championships, winning seven of them. They have also played in seven state championship games, winning three (all four losses in state championship games were by one goal.)
However, all of the above information was irrelevant when Mamaroneck and Scarsdale met on September 7. It was apparent in the final score: 4-0, Scarsdale. The Tigers’ season opener marked the first time Mamaroneck had lost to Scarsdale in field hockey since 2003.
“Every person on the field was playing individually,” captain Sophie Miller ’17 recalled from the 4-0 loss. “I remember thinking to myself [during the game] that we won’t be able to succeed and win games if we keep up that style of play.”
The loss impacted the Tigers far beyond just the first game, changing their outlook on the season as a whole. As Brigid Knowles ’19 stated, “[Losing to Scarsdale] was a big wake up call for us and made us realize that we were going to have to fight for every win, no matter the opponent.”
Six weeks later, when the Tigers and Raiders met in the regular season finale, Mamaroneck restored order to the field hockey world with a 3-2 win over its rival. At stake was a league title and the top seed in sectionals. The win, which came on a goal from Molly Banks ’18 after time expired, gave the Tigers a final regular season record of 13-1-2 and dropped Scarsdale to 13-2-1.
In sectionals, the Tigers have dispatched Clarkstown North, 7-2, and Horace Greeley, 1-0, to set up a third meeting with the Raiders in the finals.
To be sure, when the two meet again on Tuesday night at Brewster High School, none of the records will matter. All that will matter is what transpires on the field over the course of 60 minutes.
Perhaps, goalie Charlotte Mackie ’17 put it best, saying, “Honestly, the nerves are definitely there, but I’m really pumped. I know we can do it and I know we want it more.”
By Stephen Rothman