Tiger take Class A crown

By MIKE SMITH

An old sports adage opines it’s tough to beat a good team three times in a row. On Nov. 5, however, another truisim–one increasingly familiar to Section I field hockey program–carried the day; It’s awfully tough to beat the Tigers at all.

Ellie Seid gets past a Clarkstown South defender on Oct. 30. On Nov. 5, the Tigers won the Class A title, thanks in part to Seid’s one goal, one assist game. Photo/Bobby Begun

Ellie Seid gets past a Clarkstown South defender on Oct. 30. On Nov. 5, the Tigers won the Class A title, thanks in part to Seid’s one goal, one assist game. Photo/Bobby Begun

At Brewster High School, Mamaroneck (19-0-1) continued its brilliant play this season, beating league rivals–the second-seeded Scarsdale Raiders–3-0 to win its seventh Class A title in the past decade.

With two previous wins over the Raiders this season, Tiger coach John Savage said his girls were well aware of what they would need to do to win.

“Really, it was three things,” Savage said. “We knew we would need to get that first score, finish in the circle and play great defense. And we did that.”

Mamaroneck struck first when Kimi Chiapparelli found the net off a pass from Ellie Seid just 12 minutes into the game. Seid later added a goal of her own with an assist from Greta Massey. Lizzie Clarke’s goal in the second half all but assured the Tigers’ victory.

Mamaroneck has wrapped up an incredible run through Section I, one of the powerhouse program’s more remarkable ones in recent memory. The Tigers have scored 111 goals on the year and allowed just two, a testament to the play of the Tiger defense and goalie Caroline Jensen.

Although the gaudy numbers may have made the Tigers the prohibitive favorites to win the section, Savage said his girls never let that pressure get to their head as they prepared for Tuesday’s showdown.

“Of course, it would have been disappointing not to win the section, but no matter what happened, it would be hard to be disappointed about anything the way these girls have played,” the head coach said. “The kids have done such an amazing job.”

The Tigers rolled back into Mamaroneck on Tuesday night with an escort from the fire department that was coordinated by another Tiger coach–and team parentMike Chiapparelli and waited to find out who their opponents would be in the first round of the state tournament. The Tigers will play the winner of the Section 8 versus Section 11 matchup on Nov. 9 at White Plains High School.

Although it ultimately doesn’t matter who the Tigers will play, Savage said, a part of him hopes that Section 8 champ Sachem East will emerge victorious, if only to give the Tigers a chance to pay them back for the 2011 state championship game that saw Sachem down the Tigers in strokes.

“It would be nice to get the chance to play them,” Savage said. “I think it would be a great to see them again.”

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