Manhasset’s Statement Season

Manhasset's Statement Season

Sophia Vlahakis, Senior School News Editor

2019 was a comeback year for Manhasset Field Hockey. Lead by Captains Jennifer Kent, Manuella Romero, Kate Barcia and Ava Balacek, the Lady Indians put together one of their most successful seasons in recent years. 

For the past three seasons, Manhasset has fell short to Cold Spring Harbor in the Class B Semi Final Playoff Game. Last year was especially heartbreaking, losing to the Seahawks in overtime, after giving up a goal with a little over a minute left in regulation.  With a chip on their shoulder, Manhasset has used the past to fuel them forward. Manhasset was able to beat Cold Spring Harbor both times they met during the regular season and had confidence going into this year’s semi final game. 

The Lady Indian’s dominated the ball most of the game but the Seahawks put up a tough battle. It was ultra competitive but Manhasset remained strong and composed with a resilient team and Kayla Orthos in goal.  The score was tied at zero until early in the second half when Manhasset’s offense got a corner and Emma Kelly scored off an assist from Kent. Head Coach, Steve Sproul, commented on the 1-0 victory that would advance Manhasset to the Nassau County Finals, “We came in ready to play. We knew they would be feisty and we had lost to them in overtime last year, but we just had to play our game on the field.”

Unfortunately, Manhasset lost to Garden City in the county final this past Sunday.  After being tied at zero until mid-second half, Garden City scored and went on to win the game 0-1.  However, there is no doubt that this season has been successful. With a 8-3 league record and overall record, 10-4, this is Manhasset’s first winning season in two years. This 2019 team was competitive and passionate and has set the stage for next year, as a team with a lot of potential.