Friday, 11 December 2009 00:00
The Massapequa Varsity Field Hockey Team, coached by Barbara Lowell and Kristin Steck, won this year’s 2009 Nassau County Championship by beating Baldwin 2-1 at Adelphi University.
The squad is a perennial powerhouse, playing for the county title in Conference I the last four years and winning three of them. This year’s team struggled early in the season with new faces in nine of the 11 positions. The team gained championship form and poise by putting together a string of wins, including an avenged game of last year’s county title loss by beating East Meadow on their turf during senior day.
Massapequa then went on to play Ward Melville in the Long Island Championship and state regional quarter-final in the pouring rain. The Chiefs held Ward Melville scoreless for the first 20 minutes of play but eventually fell short.
Massapequa field hockey players are not just an “in-season” team. These players work hard all-year round. The girls play during the winter in an indoor field hockey league, then, come late July, they go away to camp for a week of skills building and bonding.
The official season starts the same time as football in late August with two-a-day practices. In addition to the everyday demands of practice and schoolwork, the team hosts a car wash, as well as other fund-raising activities to help support the Susan G. Komen Cancer Foundation.
Many teammates also help coach the Massapequa LIFHA fifth and sixth grade teams, the grass roots to Massapequa’s continued success in field hockey. As in years past, several 2010 Massapequa girls will continue to enjoy success as student athletes on the collegiate level.