Nickie Sciulla hadn't been the type to score goals in bunches -- the Rocky Point senior scored 12 last season. That changed Saturday.
The senior right wing slammed five goals to lead an 8-1 field hockey victory over Bayport-Blue Point.
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"That's the first thing I thought about, that I was halfway at the point I was at last year," Sciulla said.
Sciulla was a key part of Rocky Point's Class B county championship team last season and the forward said she feels pressure to lead by example during her final year.
"I want to win the [Long Island championship] and in order to do that, I have to score," Sciulla said. "If we don't work hard, nothing's going to come."
Sciulla said she worked on her footwork and stick control during the offseason with the East End Field Hockey travel team, where she's played since 10th grade, traveling as far as California for games.
Rocky Point coach Katie Bittner said Sciulla, a leader on the forward line, has a sense of urgency this year. Newsday's reigning Suffolk coach of the year said it's a common feeling for seniors.
"I told her before the game she needed to lead this team," Bittner said. "She knew she had to step up. She told me very confidently, 'We'll get the job done.' "
The five-goal performance certainly was a start.
"I just want to push everyone to win. I want to be the state champion so everything I do, I work for that."