Nothing would get it in the way of the Northport girls varsity field hockey team this weekend – or this season – as the Tigers finished their perfect season 21-0, claiming the title of New York State Champions with a win over Shenendehowa in the NYSPHSAA Class A field hockey final yesterday, November 14.
Though the weekend brought soggy weather and a game-delaying tornado warning, the girls continued their winning streak unperturbed, first with a 5-0 win over Clarence High School in the semifinals on Saturday, followed by Sunday's 1-0 victory over Shenendehowa for the title.
“We are the champions, we are the champions….” sang elated team members as they arrived back by bus to Northport High School yesterday evening. Fire trucks with sirens blaring led the girls toward the school; proud parents, family and fans awaited the team in the parking lot.
The Tigers' season-long mantra of #notdoneyet has shifted to #finallydone, and with that finality comes some impressive stats. The playoff run capped off a 32-game winning streak for the undefeated Tigers, who did not let up one goal in postseason play. They outscored their opponents 109-6 during the regular season, and 26-0 postseason.
On November 7, the team captured another Class A Long Island Championship by defeating Massapequa High School 7-0.
More impressive news:
Coach Gina Walling was named the Suffolk County Coach of the Year (again) and selected to coach at the Suffolk County All Star Game. Tiger Sophia Bica was chosen to represent Northport on the All Star Team but couldn’t participate because it conflicted with Northport’s run for the state title.
Earlier in the season, Sophia and teammate Hailey Roethel were named to the All Long Island Regional Tournament Team.