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Applause: Field Hockey Players of the Week
Frankie Conklin, North Shore: The goalie was stellar, even in a 2-0 loss to Garden City. Conklin made 24 saves to keep the Vikings in the game against a Trojans offense that entered having outscored its last seven opponents 42-0. Conklin has made 42 saves with a .901 save percentage in North Shore’s last three games.
Ashley Faulhaber, Rocky Point: Had consecutive hat tricks last week, scoring three goals in a win over Greenport/Southold on Friday, and three more against West Babylon on Saturday.
Nicole Levy, East Islip: She had goals and an assist in a 3-0 win over Centereach and scored the winner off a pass from Lauren Micaldi with 4:42 remaining as the Redmen beat Sayville, 2-1, on Saturday. Levy, who had 20 points last year, right now is Long Island’s leading scorer with 26 points (18 assists).
Erin Massman, Connetquot: She has scored seven goals in the Thunderbirds’ last three games and notched her first hat trick in Tuesday’s victory over Half Hollow Hills. Massman is tied for seventh in Long Island in scoring with 17 points, and she has helped lead Connetquot to a 9-3 start.
Sophia Urrutia, Carle Place: She had two goals and an assist in back-to-back games, victories over Great Neck South and Sewanhaka. And despite its challenges of depth and inexperience, Carle Place is 7-2. They’ve also beaten Friends Academy and Oyster Bay, the two teams they’ll likely face in the playoffs.
Emily DeGennaro, Shoreham-Wading River: No gaudy save total this week, but steady work under pressure as the Wildcats won two of their three games last week in overtime. DeGennaro made nine saves in a 2-1 overtime win against East Hampton, and eight in another 2-1 OT victory against Southampton, and neither goal was allowed in the second half. With seven wins, SWR has put itself in position for a potential playoff push down the stretch.
Christina Conkling, Massapequa: The forward has gone for multiple goals in two of the Chiefs’ last three games, including a hat trick in their 6-1 win over Port Washington last Wednesday. She scored the three goals in 18 minutes as Massapequa erased a deficit and pulled away.
Toni Esposito, Greenport/Southold: She scored six goals in a victory over Hampton Bays. Esposito came within one of the state record, held by Centereach’s Denise Nasca (1991).
Samantha Cascardo, Sayville: She wreaked havoc and was a play-maker defensively last Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Rocky Point. She caused five turnovers, stopped two breakaways and, in the second half alone, broke up three penalty corners. Cascardo also helped the Golden Flashes blank Harborfields in a 1-0 win on Friday.
Cassie Kurtin, New Hyde Park: Scored three goals in a win over Floral Park last Tuesday. The game before that, she scored the winner against Locust Valley. And the game before that, she had three goals and an assist against Great Neck North.
Noelle Peragine, Northport: She has scored goal in each of the Tigers’ last three games, including two against Bay Shore. The sophomore recorded her first hat trick in a 4-1 win over Sachem North last Thursday.