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Trombetta named field hockey All-American
Drum roll, please!
The National Field Hockey Coaches Association named its All-Americans on Monday and this, likely, will come as no surprise: Katie Trombetta was selected. Again.
The Sachem East star received first-team All-American honors for a second straight year, a day after being named Newsday's Long Island Player of the Year, also for a second consecutive year.
"I just remember being a little girl and thinking, 'Wow, someone's an All-American,'" said Trombetta, a senior. She also was a third-team All-American as a sophomore. "It takes a lot. It's not just being a good athlete, but pushing yourself constantly to be the best you can, on and off the field, and being a leader.
"Once I got All-American, it was rewarding to see the hard work paying off," she said, "but it became a goal to get it again and again."
Trombetta led Long Island with 38 points, including 23 goals, and dominated both ends of the field as a do-it-all midfielder. She was the only New Yorker to be named a first-team All-American. Dana Bozek and Gab Celentano received third team honors after helping Lakeland capture a fifth straight Class B state title.
In Trombetta's assessment, she improved her ball control and passing skills this season, as well as her ability to drive through and around pressure defense.
She helped guide the Flaming Arrows to the state Class A final, where her team fell in a 1-0 shootout to Shenendehowa. But, prior to that loss, Sachem East carried a 50-game win streak, dating back to October 2011, during which it captured two state championships.
"We made it to the last game we possibly could with a bunch of girls that are young," Trombetta said of her fifth and final varsity season coming up just short. "We have 16 sophomores and I think it gives those girls a little chip on their shoulder going forward."
During her run -- the "Trombetta Dynasty," as it has been called -- Sachem East became one of the elite teams in the region. In 2011, the Flaming Arrows captured the first Suffolk, Long Island and state championships in program history. And from her sophomore year on, the team compiled a 64-2 record.
"I think Sachem field hockey has done a 180," Trombetta said. "From losing in the first round of the playoffs to going to states three straight years. That's probably what I'm most proud of."