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Field Hockey: Manhasset leftovers with some 'Margarine'

Manhasset's Abibail Kucharczyk defends against North Shore's Meghan

Manhasset's Abibail Kucharczyk defends against North Shore's Meghan Henneberger. (Oct. 1, 2012) (Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke )

Here are some leftover notes and quotes following Manhasset’s 3-1 win over North Shore. You can read the actual article here. (Feel free to mock my angle puns.)

Emily Koufakis scored the tying goal with 18:15 left in the second half.
Cashing in on the ninth penalty corner to tie the score at 1: “This game and throughout the season, we’ve had so many opportunities to score on corners but we had yet to score to do it. Maddy [Molinari] drove it in from the top of the circle and I was able to tip it in.”

Molinari’s passing: “Maddy really likes to go down the sideline and cross it in and that worked out really well for us today.”

Getting the win and improving to 3-1 in the conference: “It gets our enthusiasm high. Last year we had a tough loss to Cold Spring Harbor [1-0 in the Nassau Class B semifinals] and this year we really want to go far. We have the ability, skill and the heart to beat teams. That’s what we’re looking forward to doing. At the level we’re playing right now, I believe we can do that.”

What clicked in the second half? “In the first half it was pretty clear that none of us was playing up to the skill we’re capable of. At halftime we said that this game can determine our position in the playoffs. From the whistle [to start] the second half, we were determined to show how much we wanted it.”

Julia Glynn scored the go-ahead goal with 11:40 remaining

The goal: “It was coming down the right side and everyone was moving the ball well. Maddy got a great cross and I had my stick down and hit it in.”

First half struggles and turning it around: “I think we realized we were playing pretty sloppy in the first half and not hustling enough. I think the speech at halftime really pumped us up and got us motivated. We came out strong in the second half and had three great goals.”

Maddy Molinari had three assists.

Are you any good at math? “Yeah.”

Favorite math class: “Pre-calc.”
(And credit to Koufakis, who from there had an idea where I might’ve been going with the story.)

Teammates finishing on the passes: “The first shot was off the corner. I just needed to take it and once I hit it in strong, I was confident that Emily or Abby would be there on the post to get it in... Our ideal spot is from the top of the circle; send it in and get it in from a tip.”

Winning five straight and improving to 5-1 overall: “I know that we’ve been working hard and we’ve got big goals. We have the same approach to every game and that’s to take it one-by-one.”

Abby Kucharczyk added the final goal to make it 3-1 with 7:40 left.

Forced serveral turnovers and was credited by coaches for hustle: “I was really pumped for this game. That loss was so tough [to North Shore in the 2010 playoffs]. I don’t ever want to lose to them again.”

Going to 3-1 in Conference I and moving ahead of North Shore in standings: “We’re only going up. We had a tough loss to Garden City, but we’re getting better as we go and we’ll see them again. We think we can win everything and go all the way. That’s our goal.”

Manager Shout-out… Erin Coleman

A big thank you to Coleman, who kept the scores for Manhasset. She was very friendly and gracious.

A little about Margarine: Coleman is a junior and plays goalie on the Manhasset lacrosse team… played field hockey until her sophomore year… Indians defender Kate Conway gave Coleman the nickname “Margarine” because her first name is Marge and her middle name is Erin. Get it?    

Why did she volunteer to do the book? “I just like spending time with my friends. Most of them are on the team so I decided to help them out. It’s fun.”

Tags: field hockey , manhasset , north shore , Emily Koufakis , Maddy Molinari , Julia Glynn , Abby Kucharczyk , Erin Coleman

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